Druids (2nd XV) Win convincingly in Merit League Final
Eleven tries, ten conversions and two penalties completed an excellent end of season league play-off for the Druids, and sees them win promotion in style.
The Druids played Hammersmith & Fulham on a sunny dry afternoon at Twickenham RFC. With a very strong squad ranging from 17 year old scrum-half Griff Williams (son of our Chairman Gwyn Williams) to the vastly experienced ex-professional Dylan Pugh. After losing to H&F twice in the league, the lads were really pumped up to win this game.
From the kick off, Welsh went straight on the attack, and within 2 minutes a charge down by winger Tom Richards was the first of Welsh 11 tries that afternoon.
Welsh then defended against a couple of drives by opposition, but a penalty in our favour put us on the halfway line where good hands put us in their 22 and Scrum Half Dylan Pugh scored, which was duly converted by Will Childs, the first of his ten that afternoon.
A couple of penalties against Hammersmith were converted by Will Childs. The Welsh pack were on fire and pushing Hammersmith back, a turnover and Luke James scored and converted by Wil Childs. Then a try by Man of the Match Tim Ross, the first of his hat trick give Welsh a convincing lead. Hammersmith came up with the first of their 3 tries. Welsh went back down into opposition half from the kick off, with Second Row Tim Smith scoring our final try before half time. Just on the stroke of half time, Hammersmith kept the ball tight and scored under the posts to leave the score at 43 - 14 to Welsh at half time.
A couple of substitutions due to the hot weather recharged the team. Then with Welsh scoring another 42 points in second half comprising of 6 tries all duly converted by Wil Childs and Hammersmith replying with only one Try.
The first came from Tim Ross who made a clean break and chipped the 15 to score under the posts. Now with the game in their hands, the fine handling skills by both forwards and backs opened the game up and it came with centre Luke James scoring his second. An injury to Wil Childs brought the debut of 17 year old Gruffydd Williams to the 9 position and Dylan Pugh to 10.
Welsh slipped down the gears and this led to Hammersmith scoring in the corner to make it 46-19. With Captain Dan Jones lifting the troops, Welsh pushed on, but a untimely injury to Dylan Pugh, brought Wil Childs back on. The backs moved the ball wide and from a ruck Centre Rob Richards scored next to the posts. Now it is one way as Hammersmith were unable to keep up with Welsh Intensity, this brought Tim Ross his 3rd Try duly converted by Wil Childs to make it 60-12.
Then within 5 minutes, the icing on the cake was made by debutant Gruffydd Williams broke down by blind side beating two covering players to score and converted by Wil Childs. With full time duly approaching the final score was by Hooker Andrew Evans and converted by Wil Childs to make his tally of 26 points on the day.
Well done to all the squad , the club is proud of you.