WRU/Admiral East League

Chepstow 76 St Julian's HSOB 12

CHEPSTOW ran in a dozen tries as they taught visitors St Julian’s HSOB a powerful lesson.

Team manager Dean Thomas said conditions were perfect for running rugby.

“The lads threw the ball around from the start,” he added.

Harry Williams scored a hat-trick of tries supported by Richard Poultney (2), Charlie Harkins (2)n Rhys Brown (2) Morgan Voaden, Brad Bamford and skipper Rhys Cresswell. Poultney also added eight conversions.

Chepstow, second in the Division 4 table, are due to welcome fourth-placed Whitehead tonight (Wednesday) 7.30pm kickoff, and will visit bottom club Blackwood Stars this Saturday.

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There was disappointment for Division 6 Magor who were awarded a 20-0 victory after intended opponents Trefil cried off last Thursday as they were unable to raise a team.

Coach Andrew Webb was frustrated because he had a large squad of players available,

“We had 26 players lined up so the cancellation was extra frustrating for players, coaches and fans,” he said.

Just one place and seven points adrift of third-placed West Mon, Magor might still finish in the top three as they are 18 points ahead of Saturday’s hosts Girling. In Division 1 Monmouth lost 20-26 at home to Dowlais and are now 11 points behind fourth-from-bottom Blaenavon who they are due to play at home on April 26 - their next scheduled match.

Division 2’s Caldicot won 20-12 at Caerleon and leaders Abergavenny won 31-5 at Croesyceiliog while, in Division 3 Usk beat visitors Garndiffaith 21-15.

Caldicot head coach Fielies Coetsee was glad of the win although it was a stop-start game.

“It was nice to pick up a win even though it was far from perfect,” he said later.

“I would say it was a two team struggle with confidence and continuity in selection.

“A stop-start game with lots off errors, but I think Caldicot’s forwards had the upper hand.

“Our tries were scored by Joe Cullimore, Martin Beddows, Joe Christoffersen and Will Francis.

“Martin Beddows put in a strong performance but Joe Cullimore was our man of the match.”

Caldicot’s next match is this Thursday (April 20) when they visit Ynysddu and welcome Cwmbran two days later.

Abergavenny are without a match this Saturday.