Druids v Usk (Home) 26 Dec 2013

18-15 Win

Druids pip Usk in Derby Match

Chippenham Mead was the venue for the long standing Xmas fixture against local rivals Usk. The visitors have suffered a disappointing run in recent years but they are top of their league and they must have been optimistic of a victory this time.

As for the Druids they fielded a side that included Youth players and veterans plus Chris Roberts who delivered a First Class performance.
The match opened promisingly for the Druids and they played the game mainly in the Usk half of the field testing the visitors defence. They were rewarded when an Usk Centre was penalised for being offside. Up stepped Druids Outside Half Aaron Price who calmly slotted the goal and a 3-0 lead.

After 30 minutes the Druids scored their first try following concerted pressure on the Usk line. Number Eight and Captain Nick Phillips as he has done more than once in recent seasons, used his bulk and strength to force his way over the Usk line far out near the touchline. Aaron Price kicked the conversion from a muddy food hold wide out.

Price kicked another penalty goal which was matched by Usk and as the half time whistle blew the Druids could reflect on a satisfying 13-3 lead.

The second half began with Usk having the better of play and the home defence was at full stretch. The visitors would not be denied and they scored a deserved converted try to narrow the scoreline to 13-10. Good tackling by Druids backs and forwards stifled Usk efforts and good scrum and lineout play denied the visitors.

Monmouth raised their game and looked dangerous as the 13-10 scoreboard focused player’s minds. They added to their total with a try through Centre Matt King who took a pass from Aaron Price to dive over and give a 18-10 lead.

Usk were not finished and they scored a final try to make the end result 18-15 in favour of the Druids.

For the Druids Dan Ansty had his best game for Druids, whilst Lee Watkins was at his aggressive best. Hooker Ed White, back from a long term injury, found his jumpers well at the lineout and Mike Price, Aaron Mills and debutant Cameron Gibson put in good performances.

Try: N.Phillips, M.King
Conv: A.Price
Pen: A.Price (2)

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