This defeat relegates us to third in the league and mathematically out of the Title Race. Oh dear! Once again we showed that we are not the sum of our parts, we have some good individual talent but as a team we really struggled. After the first ten minutes you would have been forgiven for [...]
This defeat relegates us to third in the league and mathematically out of the Title Race. Oh dear! Once again we showed that we are not the sum of our parts, we have some good individual talent but as a team we really struggled.
After the first ten minutes you would have been forgiven for thinking the final score line would definitely be in our favour. Henry made a great break, Pup almost got clear but lost the ball in contact and Bobby slipped up off the back of an attacking 5 meter scrum. Our only reward was a Pup penalty.
We actually put together some of the stuff we had worked on in training and didn’t over commit to the rucks and had pods running off the half backs. Our lineout spluttered but our scrum was fantastic, what we really lacked was that final pass and an ability to release our speedy backs in space.
Midway through the half Gades got some territory but we managed to clear our lines, no thanks to Henry. Henry doesn’t often appear on the BM’s radar so I was particularly pleased to witness his pathetic kick. He at least turned to his teammates and immediately said “I’ll bring my case to training”.
Tank made a battling forty yard diagonal run but not for the first time an opportunity went begging with a botched pass, it was frustrating but we were still on top in terms of territory and possession. As we entered the last 10 minutes of the half a poor clearance kick was gathered by the Gades scrum half, Healy. He evaded our one chaser and then set off into open territory, he linked with his support and we found ourselves out flanked down our left wing and their centre and Captain cantered in for a pretty soft try.
Renegades then gathered some momentum and forced us into defense with some strong running from Jack’s Rookie. In fact Jack’s Rookie was probably Man of the Match and a constant thorn in our side.
Playing at inside centre he is a big unit who is also capable of offloading in the tackle and twice in the half we got lucky when his centre partner dropped his pass with the line at his mercy. The half ended with a Pup penalty and we went in at the break 6-5 up.
Andre came onto the wing and made an instant break up field, he found Jack who was then in a straight sprint for the corner with a Renegade Prop Forward. You know by the final score line who won the race.
Jack your case on Thursday please, the prop is deceptively fast and may even have had an angle on you but if there was any doubt that you would get caught you should have put a move on him to halt his progress……and besides I enjoy fining you.
We continued to press forward but a stray (cheating) boot stopped a free kick move after Dunlop had set it up. The ref apologized for missing it but that didn’t stop the frustration as we started to give away penalties, firstly Nails, rightly so for stamping then T and then Church who can both feel a bit hard done to. Anyway the resulting 80 yard loss of territory ended with a lost lineout that was spun to Jack’s Rookie who ran through weak midfield defense to set up an easy run in for his centre partner. 12-5 down. Hendo, the Gades fly half, slotted a drop goal and with Jack’s Rookie finding a lot of holes the Gades suddenly started to stretch out a lead that we didn’t really look like clawing back.
Tank provided a rare second half highlight with a nice chip followed by a thunderous tackle but other than that the rugby was being played by the opposition and not us. Healy nicely gathered his own grubber and scored under the posts and then with a few minutes left their backrower scored out wide.
Our humiliation was not quite complete. Gades had thankfully finished scoring on us but that didn’t stop us from making life harder on ourselves. The final few minutes saw a flurry of substitutions and in the confusion Donal and Dunlop went off and Adam came on. Hopeful that we are that Adam will be good, I don’t think he is yet up to being as good as both of them put together. As our Captain and Vice took their seats on the bench next to each other in a depressed state the other 14 on the park played on. It was only when a scrum was awarded that the bright pair of Bobby and Nails realized we were
missing someone. We informed the bench who immediately substituted Devrae for Jahbari. A bit more scratching of heads went on before we came to the conclusion that we were still missing someone!
Donal eventually figured out that he had not been substituted at all and sheepishly rejoined the game. Boydie, you were running the bench so you are guilty but you cannot take full responsibility so you can share a case with Donal.
So a game that overall reflects our season. A great start that we never really built on followed by moments of good and really pretty bad rugby. Very disappointing considering the potential/experience in this side.
Still it’s not all over just yet. Police next followed by Mariners and then we can concentrate and go out and win the Nicol Shield which we haven’t done for a while.
All debtors please bring your beer on Thursday. The club is filling the fridge on Tuesday as we host a training session for the students of Mount St. Alison, it would be good to have numbers on Tuesday!
See you there.
At last a good performance! One of the senior members spoke to the BM after the game and while he congratulated the performance he felt we shouldn’t get too carried away with one decent showing in our last five. He has a point, we shouldn’t forget how bad we were only two weeks ago but [...]
At last a good performance! One of the senior members spoke to the BM after the game and while he congratulated the performance he felt we shouldn’t get too carried away with one decent showing in our last five. He has a point, we shouldn’t forget how bad we were only two weeks ago but on the other hand there are too many easy fines for me to ignore…..so let’s drink beer!
Let’s get the easy ones out the way. Porter you are first. In trying to ‘out’ me (not in the homosexual way…..not that there is anything wrong with that……we accept everyone in this club…..Jerry?!) you insinuated that I may actually be that little twat Nails…that is quite some insult, bring a case.
Captain Not-so-Fantastic, you are next. Dunlop awarded quite correctly Big T with the MVP award and then retrospectively awarded Bobby (quite incorrectly) with the MVP award in the Renegade game having already assigned it previously to Church. Does the coveted MVP award mean so little to our Captain that he just randomly reassigns it? Who will pick up the pieces of shattered self-esteem? Poor Church. Dunlop a case.
Chris Stafford made his debut start in the front row and acquitted himself very well in both the tight and the loose. Well done mate, for your endeavors we will enjoy your case.
Big Will, for your outburst on the sideline directed at one of your own players you can bring a case too.
That’s 4 cases and I haven’t even mentioned Donal yet!!
I suppose I had better talk about the game. For once we started well and I honestly put it down to the good vibe at training the last couple of weeks, there was a certain confidence about us and definitely a bullishness especially from our forwards that has been sadly lacking for a while. We really took it to the Police pack, our lineouts and catch and drive clicked from the off and the Backs kicked and chased really well, constantly pinning the opposition in their own 22. It’s somewhat surprising to say but we were actually playing to a game plan and it was working!! Jack was first to score, from a great driving maul the ball went first to Bobby then Scott who spun out of a tackle to hand off the ball at close range to young Jack who piled over in heavy traffic. Conversion missed but it was a good start.
Not long after, from more good work at close quarters we were awarded a penalty near their posts. The option to pick up an easy 3 points was obvious but as Greg stepped up to kick the penalty he clearly had other ideas. With amazing accuracy Greg drilled the ball against the upright, Jack followed up and produced an equally precise helicopter collision with an unfortunate Cop, as they both fell to the ground dazed from the impact the ball ballooned up, straight into the hands of Tank who dived over for a try. It was a quite brilliant text book move straight off the training field! Well done fellas…absolutely hilarious! Greg this time missed the post he was aiming for but ended up with the conversion. 12-0 up.
Our next try actually did come off the training park, from the back of the scrum Bobby picked up and went blind, popped to Nails, who has returned even more fragile than before, who held up the ball just long enough for Jack to pick his hole and sprint to the corner. Try. 17-0.
We completely dominated the first half mainly as a result of some brutal hitting led by Big T. T singled out Police’s biggest player, Lammies, for special attention. Lammies isn’t usually a dirty player but he was clearly rattled by the phy
sicality of the hits and even managed to find some sympathy from the Ref who awarded some penalties against us ‘for tackling too hard’ maybe?!
Having been so completely on top the first 10 minutes of the second half came as a bit of a surprise. Police scored almost immediately and reminded us that they remain the sort of team that can score from anywhere. The converted score was soon followed by a penalty and all of a sudden the PoPo who had brought on their new giant in the pack and the much improved Zuill on the wing were now only 7 points adrift. If anything though we then picked up our defense. Our kicking was not quite as precise as in the first half but our outside Backs hustled well and everyone (with theexception of Nails) was putting in hits. Donal had a really good game in defense and was responsible, with a sizeable helping hand from Devrae, in putting in a momentum changing hit on the hapless Lammies, it was a ground shaker and the boys on the sideline loved it. Dev actually made some memorable cover tackles as did Bobby…there was no way we were going to lose this game.
So committed were the lads that the nicest man in Bda Rugby, Little Harry Andrews, set up the next try with a big hit on their hooker. The hit dislodged the ball and Tank for the second time was the grateful recipient of a lucky bounce as he raced away to get our bonus point 4th try and effectively end the match as a contest.
The last 10 minutes were a bit scrappy, Harry humorously threw the ball on the ground to no one and then proceeded to block everyone from getting it as the Teachers support couldn’t decide to laugh or cry at the rugby skills on show from our stand in Stand Off.
Right at the end of the game the misfiring Police lineout once again threw straight to Aldo who must never ever have received so much ball in one game. He set off for the line but was dragged back yards short, Teachers piled in and hammered the try line for a couple of phases before Donal popped up and ran in for our final score. 31-10. A really good performance from the team but sod that! Can you believe that was Donal’s first try ever!!! Hooray the beer gods are smiling on us! Here is a first, yes Donal you will be bringing a case of beer ……..and a bottle of bubbly to training.
I’m not quite sure this was the message the TRFC old boy I mentioned at the beginning was trying to get across but I can’t help myself.
See you at training…all this will mean nothing if we fall flat next week against the League Leaders.
BM (Bubbly Monitor)