Our story starts on a surprisingly sunny Saturday afternoon, after a hard to swallow loss to Quintins the week before Thamesians were out to do justice to their potential. The opponents this week were London Welsh Amateurs, a team who we had pushed very hard in the away leg (despite what the scoreline says). London Welsh had the size in the pack and pace out wide to cause any team problems.
The game started well with some early pressure from Thamesians, building a strong platform and showing that we really are a force to be reckoned with in this league. After letting through a soft try and a silly penalty (one of surprisingly few compared to other performances) Thamesians were 10-0 down going into half time. Other teams and other incarnations of Thamesians may have given up at this point, but on such a fine day, on our home turf, we stuck to our game plan. Phase after phase of hard hitting running exhausted the Welsh's big boys and eventually cracks started to show. Tries from Jonno running around everyone as usual and Coogan from the back of one of many huge driving mauls were business as usual for a team finally firing on all cylinders. This was topped off by Billy's carefully aimed penalty that rebounded off the posts to be caught by one Dan Jones (who spent most of the day in the right place at the right time) and run in for a stunning try. Thamesians now 17-10 up.
The final 5 minutes were spent with Thamesians stuck in their 22, soaking up wave after wave of pressure, some exactly tackles by Billy and Adrian stood out even in such a rock solid defence. The forwards winnning a scrum against the head against to see off the game was a proud moment for all members of the pack who had worked and sweated all morning. In my short time at Thamesians that has been the most satisfying win, thoroughly deserved from the hard work of 18 men.
Tries: Jonno, Coogan, Dan
Man of the match: Adrian - A presence on the pitch as always
Dick of the day: Lawson - better late than never
Match Report: Sam
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