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Thamesians 1XV



Mill Hill

Match Report

After the result from the previous weekend T’s were looking to get back to winning ways with Home advantage at Marble Hill Park. With strong words ringing in their ears from their fellow players and coaching team a strong start was required.

Things started brightly for T’s with strong pressure being applied with Deano and Kieran orchestrating things at 9 and 10. Some quick hands from right to left got the ball out to Joey who put John Mc in for the first try of the day. Less than five minutes later Deano, Mike Phillips for the day, spotted a gap from the back of a ruck and burst through the Mill Hill defence to dot the ball down. Kieran duly converted the second try of the game. With the momentum firmly with the T’s then came “The Unfortunate Incident of the Day”. Kieran spotting a huge gap in the Mill Hill defence sent a perfect measured kick to the left wing which John Mc caught and for some reason thought he was John “Chris Ashton” Colclough when trying to stretch out to finish on the try line….ball knocked away, the less said the better!

Then the T’s seem to lose their focus. Mill Hill started to gain some territory and started to punch a few holes in defence. Their pressure was soon rewarded when they broke through for their first try. This didn’t seem to readjust things in the mind-set of the T’s and soon they had conceded a second try as halftime struck.

Darce lined out at Centre after the break and an improved reaction was required from all in the second half. A few breakaway moves broke down for the T’s who couldn’t seem to get a hold on the game. Mill Hill persevered with feeding their ball carrying props and were eventually rewarded breaking through for their third try of the game which put them into the lead. Motivating words from Rory while Mill Hill missed their conversion forced T’s into a reaction. A melee ensued between both teams in the next five minutes resulting in both teams going down to 14 for the remainder of the game. Injuries then began to strike the T’s with Yatesy coming on for Deano and Franco coming back onto the field of play to help get things back on track.

T’s then began to crank up the pressure and with Mill Hill down to 13 they stepped up. A quick penalty tapped by Kieran saw a quick, long pass out to Big George who was making his long awaited return. George drew in the Mill Hill defence to put John Mc in for a try in the corner. T’s sparked to life in the last ten and Mike showed some great gas to get round behind the opposition’s defence to dot down for the fourth try of the day to which Kieran converted. T’s finally put the game beyond Mill Hill’s reach with gaps opening up in defence and some incisive running Mike and Darce broke away and got some fast ball to John Mc on the wing. Seeing Sav and Kieran bursting through the middle at pace the ball was kicked back infield for Sav to graciously catch before the dead ball line for the final try of the day.

A tough day at the office but a win’s a win. Great support from the sideline to keep the boys going! Lots of hard work ahead but #WeMove

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