Druids v Abergavenny (away) 07 Dec 2018

5-32 Loss

The Druids are becoming nocturnal and last Friday 7th December played another match under floodlights. This time it was a planned evening kick off against Abergavenny 2nds at Bailey Park in Abergavenny. It was dry but cold with a reasonable wind. Once again this was to be the only rugby for Monmouth RFC’s Senior Teams over the weekend as the 1st XV league match against Abercarn was called off as the Abercarn pitch was deemed unplayable.

Abergavenny started briskly and were awarded an early penalty which was kicked for a 3-0 lead. The Druids responded well and spent some time camped on the Abergavenny try line but failed to cross for the much-needed score and when the ball went wide the move broke down and Abergavenny cleared their line. The Abergavenny backs were quick, but The Druids totally dominated the scrums including pushing Abergavenny off their own scrums. However, the referee offered little protection to The Druids scrum half at the back of the scrum and as a result the ball was not as clean and quick as The Druids wanted.

Abergavenny’s back line continued to run the ball wide and with good support play scored 2 relatively quick tries, both of which were converted, to give them a 17-0 lead at half time.

The Druids started the 2nd half well and once again spent time near the Abergavenny try line but again couldn’t turn the territory and pressure into points. The 2nd half proved to be scrappy and The Druids never really got into top gear. Abergavenny’s backs continued to run the ball wide and with good support play scored another 2 quick tries, unconverted this time, to increase their lead to 27-0. The Druids did score a consolation try with what was effectively the last play of the match. An incisive break by substitute Dan White well supported by Spencer Cawley who sprinted in to score a try wide on the right wing. Kris Gordon's conversion from wide out hit the post to make the final score 27-5 to Abergavenny.

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