Druids v RTB Ebbw Vale (Away) 29 Mar 2014

20-13 Win

Druids double Up

Having beaten RTB Ebbw Vale last week, the reverse fixture, in this disrupted season saw the Druids make the journey to the valleys. The visitor’s squad had some omissions from the previous week’s victory, so how would the Druids faire?

The first twenty minutes saw the Druids on top with copious amount of possession and strong hard running. Without over stating the fact, the Druids might have scored 3 or 4 tries but the final pass just evaded runners. Centre Dan Williams was proving difficult to stop with some fierce charges.

The only Druids success came from a penalty goal awarded because a RTB player failed to release after a defensive tackle. Druids Second Row Jack Howells was the successful kicker.

RTB launched an attack which Druids struggled to rebuff. Visitors Number Eight, Dan Anstey made a fine tackle but from the ensuing ruck, the Druids were penalised. The RTB Outside Half made no mistake to put the home side on level terms.

RTB took the lead with another penalty goal by the same player.
From a visitors attack, mainly by the pack, saw Dan Anstey dive over following a maul close to the RTB try line. The conversion failed but
the Druids had retaken the lead 8-6.

The RTB rush defence was proving very effective and some good tackling blunted the visitors attacks. However the visitors did score their second try to increase their slender lead. From broken play, quick passing allowed Full Back Rob Erskine to crash over to increase the lead to 13-6.

The home side again responded through a forward drive from a five metre scrum. RTB retained possession and a player crashed over for a try. The successful conversion brought the scores level.

With time running out, Druids supporters were fearing the worst and a defeat in a game they had dominated for long periods. The visitors conceded a long range penalty and Outside Half Robbie Frost, elected to kick for goal. His effort just fell short under the bar, but Right Wing Matt Price following up the kick, dived on the loose ball for a fine opportunist try. Jack Howells converted to give the Druids a 20-13 victory.

Quite a finish then, to a pulsating game played in good spirits. For the Druids, 49 year old stand in Outside Half Rob Frost turned back the years and organised the backs. Up front Dan Anstey stood out with great tackling and fine catching at the lineout. Ben Goldengay, Sam Jones and Greg Wilding worked hard and when needed every team member defended for their lives. It all played out for the Druids third double of the season.

Tries: D.Anstey, R.Erskine, M.Price
Conv: J.Howells
Pen: J.Howells

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