Verualmians remain unbeaten after stern examination by London Welsh Druids
PUBLISHED: 16:01 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:01 28 November 2016
Danny Loo Photography 2016
Verulamians Rugby Club kept their 100 per cent record intact after a nail-biting 10-8 win over London Welsh Druids at Cotlandswick.
Herts Middlesex One: Verulamians 10 London Welsh Druids 8
Harry Mack is tackled.
George Harding looks for a pass.
Eoin Aherne takes a hit.
Ross Graham takes on two.
Tom Lewis looks to pass it on.
Tom Maile kicks the ball forward.
Josh Goddard offloads the ball to a team mate.
Cameron Craig tries to escape a tackle.
Ben Russell on the ball.
George Harding tries to break the line of defense.
Eoin Aherne tries to slip a tackle.
The Verulamians front row prepare for a scrum.
Ben Russell holds onto the ball in a tackle.
Vees came into the game looking for their 10th win in succession but came up against a determined visiting side, out to provide a stern test of the home team’s resolve.
From the outset the Druids presented a spirited, well organised, attacking unit that posed Vees’ forwards with many questions and their inventive backs with matching competition.
Defence, sometimes stretched and scrambled, was put to the test on many occasions and the Druids dominated the line-outs and often beat Vees forwards in the loose play.
Vees were forced into conceding too many penalties and, had the Druids had a better kicker, they could have secured a good half-time points advantage.
But opportunities were missed and Welsh went into the break with just a single unconverted try to show for their efforts.
The second half continued in a similar frenetic pace and it was only when Vees gained a loose ball, while camped in the Druids 22m, that George Harding darted through to score.
He calmly converted to give Vees an increasingly insecure lead which was wiped out shortly afterwards when Druids won a penalty in front of the posts.
But five minutes later Vees gained a penalty of their own and Harding coolly hoisted the ball through the uprights for a breath-sapping, anxiety-ridden victory.