Frank Bricker on the charge

Monmouth win big over Montclair


On a pleasant October Saturday at CBA in Lincroft Monmouth Men’s D2 side put in a seven-try win over Montclair. The Monmouth sideline was boosted by a large group of Old Boys who were rewarded with an entertaining performance.

Coming off an impressive first start last week against Union Ron Brown finished a flowing move to score an unconverted try wide right after four minutes. This was followed on fifteen minutes by an excellent lineout maul from 15 meters out that lead to Chris Sullivan dotting down and the try was converted by Rob Benedetto to leave it 12-0.

5 minutes later Montclair’s fly Daniel Zielke scored a good solo effort under the posts converted by Harold Vazquez to pull the score back to 12-7. Vazquez popped a penalty over to make it 12-10 on 24 minutes but that would be the closest it got as Benedetto scored an unconverted try from close range on 36 minutes followed by an incredible bonus point try by left wing Richie Cicalo that started deep in the Monmouth 22 with a turnover and ended under the Montclair posts to leave the game 22-10 at the half.

Rob Benedetto hits the conversion
Rob Benedetto hits the conversion

The second half started with Monmouth on the front foot again and prop Frank Bricker powered over for a try from 25 meters out after 9 minutes that was converted by Benedetto who was then replaced by Peter Terilli. Shortly after that Richie Cicalo gave Nick Lynch a soft no look pass on the left wing for a try that was converted from the sideline by prop Ken Pape to make it 36-10.

Ken Pape hit the conversion from the sideline
Ken Pape hit the conversion from the sideline

Ron Brown was replaced by Nick Sullivan on 68 minutes. Montclair scored an unconverted try on 77 minutes which was immediately replied to with an expert level of flanker pick-pocketing by Chris Szablowski to leave the final score at 41-15. Man of the Match went to Bricker for his storming play around the park. D3 had earlier dropped the game to Montclair while Doug King made a man of the match return to scrum half.

“This is a young squad and the boys are growing every week. It is great to see new athletes stepping up and dominating. Bricker, AJ and Ron Brown are playing strong.” said Monmouth DOR and Head Coach Pat Moroney. “The team’s work ethic is excellent and the lads are being rewarded for it. We are looking forward to hosting the league leaders Morris in two weeks time at Thompson.”

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(Photos Patti Benedetto)