Druids (2nd XV) lose to a strong London Scottish Extas B side
Druids show determination in tough season opener
The postponement of the Occiasionals match at Hackney meant it was a club squad that took the field to represent the Druids at Richmond Athletic Ground. The London Scottish Extra B team made a strong start to the game but good Welsh defence kept them out and forced a penalty to clear their line. Scottish did score after five minutes with a long kick downfield creating a try in the corner. Welsh countered with a solid scrum on the 10 metre line. A pass to the fly half was just about held on to and three quick passes gave Nick Heath the space to cross for a try. Paul-Ross Thompson added the conversion. Score 5-7 after 10 mins.
Scottish scored their second try of the game in the same corner as their first. They took advantage of a penalty, and the subsequent awarding of a further 10 metres, to move the ball across field and over the line. The conversion fell just short.
London Scottish scored try number three from a five meter scrum, driving over for the points. This conversion attempt failed but the next was successful after the home side took full advantage of a free kick to score their fourth try.
Half time - London Scottish Extra B 22 London Welsh Druids 7
Druids matched Scottish for the opening phases of the second half, then stepped up the pressure the get within five meters of the try line and leading to a yellow card against a London Scottish second row. Unfortunately Welsh couldn't capitalise on the territory at this stage.
With 15 minutes remaining Welsh efforts paid off with a quick ball from the line out giving the backs space and the visitor's second try of the game. Thompson added the conversion. 22-14. Scottish replied almost immediately when a mismatch between a back and a London Welsh forward allowed a simple run through the Welsh defence for a try and easy conversion. Scottish closed the game with a try and conversion on the final whistle.
A good effort by the Druids considering those unavailable through injury and holidays. Dave 'Bomber' Harris can be proud of his leadership against a very tight Extra B side.
Full time - London Scottish Extra B 36 London Welsh Druids (2nd XV) 14