Druids v Talywain (away) 01 Dec 2018

10-10 Draw

On a day when a lot of local sport was cancelled due to the poor weather, including Monmouth RFC’s 1st XV fixture against Senghennydd, fortunately the Talywain pitch stood up to the elements and the match between Talywain 2nds and Monmouth Druids went ahead.

Both teams were fired up and ready to go but there was no sign of the referee Eventually he arrived at the ground and the match kicked off an hour late. Fortunately, Talywain have floodlights other wise it would have been a short match!

In cold, wet and windy conditions there were uncontested scrums from kick off and the wind made the line out's a little bit of a lottery later in the game. The Druids dominated the opening phases but unfortunately were unable to drive home the territorial advantage and get the opening score. The game evened up a bit and both sides played some good rugby despite the conditions. However, Talywain broke the deadlock and scored the opening try of the game which they failed to covert so they led 5-0.

This galvanised The Druids who pressed hard to get back on terms. Unfortunately, the floodlights were not bright enough to allow the referee to see the Talywain back line creeping up offside on a regular basis and this made the Druids task harder. They plugged away and eventually got their reward with a well worked, incisive move to score under Talywain’s posts and convert it to lead 5-7.

Talywain were not going to give in and came back in robust fashion. It was the hosts who scored next, their second try giving them a 10-7 lead. It was getting colder and wetter but all of The Druids squad stuck to their task in an effort to get the winning score. The continued pressure eventually paid off and The Druids were awarded a penalty which was converted to level the score at 10-10 and that’s how it finished – a fair result on the day.

It was good that the match went ahead, albeit later than expected,and both teams were pleased to get into a warm shower.

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