Druids v Gwernyfed (Home) 29 Sep 2012

0-0 Draw

Honours Even

Gwernyfed RFC were the visitors to Monmouth Druids and the match produced a result which the home side have now replicated twice in the last few seasons. A 0-0 draw is a rarity and the last time the Druids recorded a scoreline like this was two seasons ago in exactly the same fixture against Gwernyfed.

Both sides could not blame the conditions, which were perfect, although the visitors could not post any substitutes on the team sheet. The Druids started the stronger and only fine defensive tackling by Gwernyfed kept their line in tact. Home side back row forward Milo Thomas charged down a clearing kick and only a knock on by a Druids player prevented a score.

The Gwernyfed OutsideHalf tried to control the play by electing to kick or pass during the copious possession that the visitors won. Druids prop Tom Green had several charges testing the resolve of the visitors tackling.

Gwernyfed failed to take the lead when their Outside half missed a 30 metre penalty goal but the visitors were putting pressure on the home side. J.J.Thomas the Druids Full Back was busy thwarting Gwenyfed attacks and he used his speed to good effect.
Just before the break the Druids failed to take the lead when a penalty kick attempt was just wide.

The Druids pressed strongly after the team talk at half time. The visitors suffered a blow when one of their second row forwards incurred a shoulder injury which caused him to leave the field of play.

The Druids looked very threatening as Centre Huw Adams charged the Gwernyfed line. The visitors defence throughout was very good and their secure tackling held firm.

It was Gwernyfed’s turn now and they pressed the home side try line. The Druids last ditch tackling just held them out as every player strained their sinews to the limit. Then with a few minutes remaining Gwernyfed won a 20 metre penalty goal which looked very kickable. The visitors Outside Half stepped up and as home hearts beat a little faster, he sliced his kick wide.

The final whistle blew with honours even. The Druids will have been disappointed but their miss handling cost them dearly. Number 6 Johno Spary played very well with many good enveloping tackles.Gwernyfed can be very pleased with their efforts, particularly only having 14 men for a quarter of the match.
So a 0-0 draw, and as an old spectator said to me, ‘If only someone had given the sides a ball to play with’.

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