Druids v Berry Hill (away) 06 Dec 2014

15-27 Loss

Druids missed chances in Defeat

The mid-season break caused by the International matches, is a long interruption for a rugby club. Monmouth Druids are no exception and match rustiness, long term injuries and absence for work commitments all took their effects. Therefore a much changed squad made the short journey to Berry Hill RFC. Replacement players stepped in, some in unusual positions they are used to, but all put in fine performances.

An additional complication saw only fourteen players turn up for the game. Sportingly the home side loaned Monmouth a prop forward.

The Druids started slightly the stronger and had early territorial advantage which almost led to a try. Second Row Mattie Edwards charged down a Berry Hill relieving kick but the Druids could not take advantage.

The home side scored first from a driving maul set up from open play in the Druids 22 metre area. Close support play from the forwards allowed a Berry Hill player to crash over for an unconverted try.

The Druids responded when the home side were penalised for crossing and Full Back Chris Gordon kicked the goal.

Berry Hill saw that the rolling maul was increasingly effective and from a line out they used the same method to score another try and a 10-3 lead.

From the restart the Druids launched an attack which resulted in a scrum close to the home try line. Quick, clean possession saw Centre Chris Reed evade tackles and cross near the posts. Chris Gordon converted to bring the scores level at 10-10 as the half time whistle blew.

The restart saw Berry Hill quickly regain the lead following a break from their ‘leggy’ Outside Half.Quick transfer of the ball saw a home flanker dive over for a try which was converted. Berry Hill added another converted try to extend their lead to 24-10.

The Druids showed real determination by launching a series of attacks which had the home side defending strongly. From one such attack Wing Rob Farr sped over in the corner for an unconverted try.

Berry Hill kicked a penalty to end the scoring at 27-15 in their favour.
The Druids on three or four occasions broke to within a metre of the home try line. It might have been ‘white line fever’ but they could not get another try. With a little patience or the right option being chosen it could have been so different.

The Druids line out play needs improvement but Andrew Childs making his debut showed real promise and can offer much to the side. Tom Wellington another debutant will learn and challenge for a regular place. Lee Foxwell and Dan Ansty defended well and Chris Reed, wings Farr and Mobbs-Morgan tried hard. Yet another player called up was Dave Brace and he stretched his old limbs enthusiastically.

The driving maul employed by Berry Hill was very effective and their settled pack made life difficult for the Druids.

Overall, considering the circumstances, every player put in a commendable effort after a seven week break.

Tries: C.Reed, R.Farr
Conv: C.Gordon
Pen: C.Gordon

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