15th Dec, 2019

Drew: Monners must not give away cheap points

Ben Tyler 13th Sep, 2019

DIRECTOR of rugby Adam Drew felt Droitwich made an “early statement” after a “vital” opening win in their Midlands One West opener against visitors Worcester.

A narrow 23-22 victory, secured by Chris Hooper’s late penalty from the touchline, gave the Monners the perfect start in their second season in the division.

Drew says that while the positives are there for all to see, he still feels his side need to cut out gifting the opposition cheap points.

“It was a very vital win, it was like a cup final for both sides,” he said.

“It was a chance for both to set a precedent for the rest of the season and make an early statement.

“We suffered two narrow losses to them last year, but we stuck to our game plan and got the win.”

Drew added: “There’s no doubt that we deserved to win the game, scoring three tries to their one, but we gifted them the rest of their points.

“Our discipline let us down, and gave up 15 easy points to them as a a result.”

The Monners chief hailed key performances from match-winner Hooper, Phil Houghton and Pete Knight, and has his fingers crossed for a repeat performance this Saturday when they entertain highly-regarded Dudley Kingswinford (3pm).

“DK are a very good team, they’re one of the contenders to win the league,” said Drew.

“It’s a home game, we hope that gives us an extra advantage to give them a good run for their money.”

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