Druids v Chepstow (Away) 13 Apr 2013

19-5 Win

Druids Convincing Win

On a drab, miserable day, Monmouth Druids travelled to Chepstow RFC hoping to continue their climb up the league table. Having won the corresponding home fixture earlier in the season there was some expectation of success.

From the kick off the Druids held a huge advantage in the set piece, where they shunted the home side backwards, and their driving forward play caused problems for Chepstow. It was two pieces of play by the Druids backs which deserved praise.
Centre Greg Wilding made a break down the centre of the pitch and only a good Chepstow tackle halted the play. Wing Jordan Howells gathered a probing Chepstow kick, and in turn put in a high hanging punt and followed up to tackle the home side full back. Good sound play from a very promising player.

Chepstow were struggling to hold out the Druids and one of their players was Yellow Carded for breaking the rules.

The Druids deservedly took the lead and it was no surprise as to how it was created. A scrum five metres from the home line, was driven back by the Druids and Number Eight Joel Price touched down. Dave Brace bisected the posts to give the Druids a 7-0 lead.

A rolling maul by the Druids and a fine run by Mike Price almost increased this lead but the half time whistle blew.

The second half saw the home side become more offensive and the Druids were forced into defending instead of attacking. A scrum on the half way line was the source of the next score. Chepstow Number Eight Luke Mason picked up and raced towards the Druids line, evading tackle after tackle to dive over the visitors line for an unconverted try to reduce the arrears to 7-5.

Only two points in it and Chepstow having being outplayed for much of the match were suddenly in the contest. Wary of conceding another score, the Druids became less ambitious and coupled with better Chepstow play made visiting spectators nervous.

The Druids held there nerve and they extended their lead. A scrum from the Chepstow 25 metre saw the ball transfer along the Druids back line to wing Jordan Howells. He outpaced the cover defence to cross in the corner for a try that was not improved.

The final score came from another 5 metre scrum which was predictably pushed backwards. Druids Number Eight touched down and Dave Brace converted to give the visitors a 19-5 victory.

Credit to Chepstow for their tackling and dogged defence but the Druids will look back and wonder how the home side remained in contention for so long. The Druids dominated possession at scrum and won the majority of line out ball. Greg Wilding ran and tackled aggressively and Jordan Howells played well. Prop Leigh Watkins and Second row Andy Howells were the pick of the forwards.

So three wins in a row for the Druids and the seasons end gives two games a week because of bad weather earlier in the year.

Tries: Joel Price (2), Jordan Howells
Conv: Dave Brace

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