Saturday’s game against Saracens was never going to be easy, especially being an away game. Last season both the home and away games were high intensity and very physical encounters and this game wasn’t going to disappoint.
On the back of a very narrow and disappointing loss to London French the last time out the team were very keen to put right to that loss. After the lengthy journey to hosts Sarracens the Ts team were quickly out and switching on to a good warm up session. This would pay dividends and provide a good platform with which to start the game.
The weather was perfect for a good game of running rugby. From the off Ts displayed the level of intensity required to put in a good shift and see off an always competitive and difficult team in Saracens.
Minutes in and Ts had a penalty and skipper Rory followed the intent of the day and opted to kick for the corner. The resulting lineout secured by the Ts forwards pack showed the strength of the reliant rolling maul and after a near on 10m drive Coogs was rewarded with the first try and points of the day. Jonno duly stepped up and slotted over the conversion for the extra 2 points.
The intensity continued and fired up with self-belief, Ts hammered away with a healthy mix of forwards carrying and backs running some great lines. This resulted in a second try to Calum after some well-constructed phases and again Jonno stepping up to take the extra 2 points.
Sarries responded as we expected and put together some of their own phases and were rewarded with a score of their own which was duly converted. Game on!
Ts took up the challenge and again after some great work through the team were rewarded by another 7 points, this time Kieran dotting down and again Jonno adding the extras.
This was to be the tale of the first half, a healthy lead held by Ts, with a challenging 2nd half on the way.
On the whistle it was Sarries who responded quickest and were rewarded with a passage of play of high intensity while Ts still found their way into the second half. Struggling on the back of a slow start Ts soon found themselves under pressure with a string of penalties going Sarries way. The net result was a lineout to them just outside the 22. A quick ball off the top and fired out pass dummy runners and Sarries were in the far corner. This was followed by de ja vu as again a string of penalties resulted in a lineout outside the 22 and a repeat of the same move with the same result, a score in the corner.
The weather now started to turn and this seemed to inspire Sarries who then took the lead through a forced Ts pass which was eagerly intercepted and dotted down under the posts. Large amounts of pressure being applied now by Ts to take back the lead took us close on several occasions although not able to dot down for the much needed try.
With only a solitary penalty to show for in the 2nd half the game left Ts with a lot of questions and what ifs.
1.Sam B, 2. Coogs, 3. Rory, 4. Glenda, 5. Adrian, 6. Kristian, 6. Lance, 7. Lynchy, 9. Slash, 10. Nobby, 11. Callum, 12. Dan Jones, 13. Tramp, 14. Jono, 15. Kieran, 16. Botha
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