Thamesians 1st XV got their league campaign off to a flying start with a comprehensive and well worked away win at Uxbridge on the weekend. The weather was perfect for an expansive, free-flowing game and the T’s didn’t need a second invitation.
A tentative start saw both teams fighting for every inch at the breakdown. The hard work on Thursday night paid off as T’s started to gain the upper hand and assert some dominance in this area. The break-through was made when the ball was chipped over the Uxbridge defensive line before Zac reacted quickest to a favourable bounce he poked it forward and dotted down in the corner. 5-0 and they’re off. The lead was soon doubled as Jono found himself with a mis-match on the wing, he rounded the opposition with ease before goose-stepping himself past the last defender and scoring under the sticks. The front row were now dominating and turning over scrums for fun. This allowed the backs to play their quick game and ultimately became too much for Uxbridge. T’s made it 17-0 just before the break as more good link up play by the backs lead to Mike getting in on the act in the corner.
The message was simple at half time and the request from Billy was to send out a message to the rest of the league. The request was well and truly received and T’s picked up where they left off. By now the pack were in total control and some big carries were giving the backs more and more space. Zac grabbed his brace and the bonus point try for T’s.
The forwards then get in on the act showing they too can step like their back counterparts. Firstly John scoring his debut try after some nifty hands and a great offload by Keegan. Then Adrian showed his turn off foot to step the full back and put the game well beyond doubt. A defensive lapse and possible miss by the referee allowed Uxbridge to get on the score sheet but T’s weren’t to be denied. Keegan continued to have his winger on toast and scored in the corner before again linking up with John to set the debutant free. What followed would not have been out of place in the swimming pool in the Olympics however the joyous mood of the whole team was clear to see for all. Teej rounded off the scoring with a well worked try and capped a comprehensive 55-5 win for the T’s. Thamesians sit Top of the table and have no plans to relinquish top spot for the rest of the year. Roll on Saturday!!!
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