Druids v Gwernyfed (Away) 10 Dec 2011

0-11 Loss

Poor display by Druids

After a loss at home in their last game, the Druids travelled to Talgarth to meet Gwernyfed RFC. Having won all their away fixtures and beating Gwernyfed in the previous game this season, they were quite hopeful of a win.

The opening play saw the visitors have the better of the play without opening the scoring. Druids Prop Rob Jode fielded a high ball and made ground into the Gwernyfed defence. He passed to Full Back Gareth Jones who in turn fed Left wing Nathen Crocker but the attack succumbed to cover tackling.

The home side playing down the slope gradually got into the game and posed attacking threats to the visitors try line. The Druids defence, as the season has shown, is very determined and the tackling was most resolute. Gwernyfed pressure told however, when they kicked a 20 metre penalty goal to get the scoreboard moving.

Playing running rugby on a sticky pitch was proving difficult and the Druids backs failed to create any opportunities. Their flat alignment could not help create any try scoring opportunities. It was Gwernyfed whose tackling was first class, who stretched their lead with a try following a tap penalty close to the Druids line. A home player wriggled and turned to dive over the Druids line close to the posts.The conversion kick surprisingly failed but the try gave Gwernyfed an eight point lead. As the referee blew the half time whistle the Druids fans were still hopeful of pulling back an eight point deficit , particularly with the slope in their favour.

Fresh legs were used in the second period in the form of substitutes but the game continued much in the same vein.Little imagination by the Druids countered by first class up front tackling by Gwernyfed meant that much of the play was between the 20 metre lines. Druids missed a penalty to reduce the arrears but it was Gwernyfed who extended their lead. An infringement at a ruck by the Druids allowed the home side to kick a penalty to make the score 11-0 to the home side.

A Yellow card against the Gwernyfed winger should have brought benefits to the Druids but the visitors failed to capitalise on the advantage of having the extra man.The game ended tamely with the Druids going through the motions with no success.

So a bad loss on a difficult playing surface. The Druids Belgian international H.Deherang playing on the right wing tackled well and the left wing Nathan Crocker had a lot of defending to do but did it well.Even Dave Brace’s kicking accuracy was not up to his immaculate best. For the home side the Outside half kicked cleverly and the Number Eight stood out. Gwernyfed were a workmanlike side who did the basics, like tackling, well but showed little or no attacking ideas.

Two defeats on the trot means the Druids top of the league position is in doubt. Watch this space!

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