This week the chair reports from North Bristol, as the Phones take on the Bristiol Sarries 3rds
Travelling to take on the “flexible” league leaders on their own patch, would have been a tough enough ask with a full strength team. But to turn up at the ground at 20 to 3, and see the all too familiar story of missing faces, suggested a tough afternoon for those committed souls who prepared to try and unseat the table toppers.
It was pleasing to see that the run on XV surged into the contest from the first whistle, as we are all too often stand offish for the first 15 minutes.
However, getting our hands on the ball in the early stages proved beyond us, and we were forced to defend against a constant stream if attacks from all parts of the home team’s lineup. Something had to give, and eventually Saracens crossed the whitewash in quick succession, though one was a gift interception.
After conceding these tries we gradually got into the game, with Ross House leading the way with some barnstorming charges. Unfortunately, we still lack that clinical edge that allows us to capitalise on the half-chances that we create. Our opponents on the other hand, seemed to score every time that had a sniff of our line.
We did get some reward for a powerful passage of play by the forwards, when “The Swede” (Tom Gustafson…look in Friday’s Post to see how they spell it) drove over from close range. To leave the half time score at 33-5 to Sarries.
Playing up the hill in the second period, the boys produced a highly competitive performance, with the home team adding just two further tries, while once more we just couldn’t finish off what we had started. They even beat us in the yellow card count, receiving three, while we couldn’t manage even one.
The scrummage was solid throughout, with “Rhino” (Kalum Stiddard) making his senior front row debut, and holding up for the whole 80 minutes, and All About the Money (Jason Money) propping most of the 80 minutes at loose head on one leg. Fantastic commitment to the ‘Phones cause boys!
The lineout also went well, with Sean Lacey and “Mental Matt” (Matt Stokes) both throwing in accurately, and young Josh Rogers and veteran Andy Francombe securing some good ball. It is so good to see that we now have options in this facet of the game.
It may have been an “L” in the results column, but those players that made an appearance for however long deserve great credit for being there and giving their all. Also once more the loyal travelling band of supporters, including the Old Man for taking the photos, but forgetting to pick up Bernie…oh and despite getting the Chair hot chocolate when he wanted Bovril.
Up the Rugby
Quotes of the Week:
Richard ‘Fatty’ Palmer – Josh Rogers can do everything his father never could….like run”
Nathan Rogers to ‘Fatty’ – ...”No wonder my body’s in the state it is (not quite the way he put it…but you can imagine for yourselves), having to pull you in, keep you down and push behind you all those years!”
Chair – ...”I was lucky…when I was locking the scrum he was either suspended or in the second team”
‘Fatty’ – %%&^&%$%$££$£$££!!! you !