Having avenged an early season defeat the previous week against Bishopston 2nds, we travelled to Aretians last Saturday, seeking to do the same thing.
The previous defeat had come against a mature and experienced side, who denied us any decent possession with which our younger XV might have been able to hurt them. What’s more, we had to play a number of players out of position, and had played with a lack of self belief.
Due to the recent rain, the match had been moved from the main pitch at Gypsy Patch Lane, but ‘Phones pre-match body language still suggested that we didn’t fancy the battle ahead.
It was a case of Deja Vu in the first 15 minutes, as we were pinned inside our own 22, unable to get any possession with which to relieve the pressure. However, a terrific defensive effort kept the home side to just a single converted try. Although it still looked like being a long afternoon for the ‘Phones.
However, the appearance of the “Saviour” on the touchline seemed to galvanise the team. Somehow, we started to get some go forward ball, and Ross “High Rise” House was blasting big holes in the Aretians defence from his position at centre. By the time the Saviour had returned kitted out, “Hissy Fit” Hobbs had crossed the whitewash twice (there will be consequences for the swallow dive), while Aretians had replied with a try of their own, and we trailed just 10-12.
With the interval upon us, skipper Luke “Jacko” Inman scrambled over in the corner to give us the most unexpected of halftime leads.
The second period was all ‘Phones, with “High Rise” continuing to punch holes up the middle, and keeping Aretians on the back foot, while Josh “Taxi Ride” Rogers produced more fine lineout possession.
Further tries came from Lewis “Little Dick” Dicker with a brace, “High Rise” on a bullocking run that epitomised his game all afternoon, and the Saviour who was put over by the pass of the day from Dan “Punching Above His Weight” Smith.
With the game getting a little fractious, the side had its discipline tested, and it is maybe something that we can work on. Perhaps we can learn something from the Saviour, whose answer was to smash anything that moved, including one sequence where he made four consecutive tackles (not sure where everyone else was), burying the opposition each time!
The small but loyal travelling army enjoyed the sunshine and a terrific come from behind performance by the boys, and hopefully a good training session on Tuesday night, can lead to another fine effort and result on Saturday against our visitors from Broad Plain.
There were a number of candidates for Man of the Match:
“Saddam” who looks much more comfortable at No.8 (finally we can get rid of Beechy), and his better half got the 1/2 time teas in.
“Sausage” who kept his promise to keep the penalties down to single figures.
“High Rise” for his aggressive ball carrying.
But of course it has to go to the “Saviour”.
A Try and a massive tackle count, and well…just for being the “Saviour”.
Conversation of the Week:
The Chair to the Old man…”Course Franky should have been captaining the 2nds today”
Nathan to Old Man Rees…”go and ask Franky why he cancelled the 2nds”
Old Man to Franky…”Why did you cancel the 2nds Franky?”
Franky’s reply…Pretty much unprintable, but he once more spouted on for 10 minutes about how he had only ever played 2 games in the 2nds blah blah blah.
Nathan to the Chair…”If we get Francombe to captain the 2nds, cause that’s all he’s good for now, what we gonna do with Beechy?”
Chair to Nath without hesitation…”He can captain the 3rds!”
Quote of the Week:
Discussing costumes for the trip to the Army v Navy fixture, someone suggested going dresses as characters from Toy Story (thinking of the green soldiers).
Franky to Les “Santa” Sanigar…”You could go as Stinky Pete”.