Druids v Drybrook (away) 11 Mar 2016

0-24 Loss

Druids defeated at Drybrook

With a break from league rugby, Monmouth Druids made the short trip to the Forest of Dean to face Drybrook rfc. The match played under floodlights was breaking new ground for a very youthful squad of players. The home side were warming up well before kick off so this signalled a warning for the visitors.

The Druids opened with serious pressure in the home 22 metre area. However they failed to open the Drybrook defence-unable to get the final pass away to attackers. The home side responded well and showed the Druids how to do it with a try in the corner. Good scrimmage ball saw the right wing, on the overlap, cross near the corner flag for an unconverted try.

The visitors were stung into action and again bombarded the Drybrook line. It was déjà vue however as they failed to breach the home defence. In fact Drybrook extended their lead in a counter thrust up to the visitors line. A rolling maul was set up which resulted in the referee awarding a try to the right of the posts. The conversion was unsuccessful to make the score 10-0 in Drybrook favour.

Just before the half time whistle, another Drybrook try from a similar source of a lineout close to the Druids try line. The powerful home forwards were proving hard to resist as they powered over for their third try in the corner. A fine conversion from the touchline made the score 17-0.

The half drew to a close with the Druids ‘knocking on the door’ of the Drybrook line but with no success.

The second half saw a slightly better performance from the Druids as they showed real determination to get back in the game but without any success. On the plus side they did spend much of the half in Drybrook territory without getting a score. To rub salt in the wound it was the home side who drew the scoring to a close. A Drybrook tap penalty in the Druids 22 saw the home side left wing score in the corner for an unconverted try and a 22-0 lead.

Again the Druids camped on the Drybrook line but a sympathetic referee saved home blushes. His interpretation of the laws at the breakdown area drew comment from a sizable Druids band of supporters.

A fighting display from the Druids was not enough to affect the result despite some substitutions in the second half. The larger Drybrook pack ruled the scrums but the Druids had the edge in the lineout. The lack of ‘go forward’ by the visitors was significant but the Drybook defence was resolute.

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