Druids v Chepstow (Away) 01 Oct 2011

59-14 Win

Druids outplay Chepstow

On a beautiful sunny day more suitable for cricket than rugby, Monmouth Druids travelled to Chepstow for their latest league game. Containing more younger untested players than usual, the Druids were looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s defeat.

It was evident from the start that the Druids were much more organised and threatening. Chepstow’s scrambling defence looked vulnerable as they struggled to keep their line intact. Druids Skipper Dave Brace missed a penalty goal but the visitors were soon on the scoreboard. A three quarter move backed up by the back row saw Flanker Tom Hurst surge over for Brace to convert. The Druids lead was increased with a penalty goal again by Brace, awarded for a Chepstow forward not releasing at the tackle area.

The Druids kept up the pressure and again Chepstow in their efforts to defend their line conceded a penalty which the reliable Dave Brace converted. They added to this score when outside half Matt King punted up field. Right wing and newcomer, Scot Skip gathered and sprinted over from near the half way line. Dead eye Brace added the extra points. A snap drop gaol from Matt King went array but the visitors supremacy was endorsed when Dave Brace kicked a penalty goal.

Then against the run of play, the home side reduced the arrears from a mistake on the right hand side of the field. Chepstow’s left wing scuttled inside the Druids defence and scored close to the visitors posts.This was duly converted.

Stung by this reverse the Druids hit back almost immediately. From a tap penalty right wing Cullen Connor used his pace to power into the corner. The conversion failed but the Druids led at half time.

The advantage was pressed home again by the Druids in the form of another try by Scot Skipp. This followed a kick ahead by a fellow attacker. Dave Brace improved the try.

The Druids were well on top now and added more touch downs through good support play and crisp handling.Scrum half Mike Hall who was having a much improved performance put Hooker Mark Jones in at the posts. A breakaway try by the Druids scored by Matt King and another by Scot Skipp put the result without dispute but Chepstow had the last piece of success.

Perhaps the Druids took their foot of the pedal but the home side scored a converted try to conclude the points tally for the match.

A win over local rivals will give some bragging rights but the Druids open style of rugby was deserving of this 59-14 victory. Good hard running and support play gave just rewards to mainly a young side helped by the more established players.

Tries: T.Hurst, S.Skip (4), C.Connor, M.Jones, M.King
Conv: D.Brace (5)
Pen: D.Brace (3)

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