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Ealing Exiles



Spartans (2XV)

Match Report

If there was a game that we needed to perform, this was it. After a disappointing loss against BoE, safe to say the Spartans knew what they had to do to kick off the second half of the season in the right way. Although the start of the day was a little farcical having to pick up Jonesy from the 1st team squad on the way to West Ealing completing the 15 men line up.

Little warm up time expected, everyone switched on ready to get stuck in. A misfortune of the referee living in a different time zone, delayed kick off meant our focus got a little cold, resulting in conceding a converted try within two minutes of the kick off. Everyone looked at each other saying to ourselves ‘they only scored because we let them, we are not going to do that anymore’.

Instantly the Spartans were making a progress especially in defence with our newest member Wiekus leading by example. Every single player putting their bodies on the line tackling anything that moved, some great pressure on blitz defence thanks to the defensive work on Thursday evenings. Unfortunately the physical game came with a consequence, an injury to Jonesy’s knee after 20 minutes meant we had to play with 14 lads. We all thanked Jonesy, and got on with the game, not a single worried face from the Spartans. Classic motto of ‘rugby is a simple game, play it that way’, forwards grinding yards with securing the ball for the backs to be able to show great handling skills resulting in tries. The set pieces were fantastic, scrum feeling a little pressure with a 7 men pack, but the lineouts made up for all the errors. Wiekus as a sole jumper, either stealing or disturbing every single Ealing’s line out but one, the backs had to adjust from defensive line to attacking position rather quickly.

Tries either side of halftime elevated our performance and beliefs even further. After two great tries from JR, his hamstring decided that it’d had enough, now the Spartans were down to 13 men. Giles shouted ‘now we need extra 10% from everybody’, that we did indeed. The last 15 minutes with 13 men came more open play, some great kick & chase and well-structured tries kept coming. Nobody knew or cared what the score was when the final whistle went, we knew we had done the job for the team and that was that.

This report could be 3 pages long mentioning everyone’s great performances. In short,

  • Soups with a Man of the Match performance with fearless running, tackling and ruck support from a tight head,
  • Wiekus the lineout stealing and hard tackling,
  • Baker as usual always with the ball and a great try, Inchy the stand in captain with leadership,
  • Cookie the usual reliable boot,
  • Giles controlling the back line,
  • JR with hard hitting runs and two exceptional tries,
  • Ken playing full 80 minutes with an injury,
  • Banner, now a regular back he tells everyone, filling in on the wing and centre with a try,
  • Banksy solid under a high ball and great support runs with a try.
  • A special mention to our Chairman Bartholomew for the great work on strong scrum and excellent lifting right to the end of the game (another 80 minutes next week please).

Tries: Wiekus, JR (x2), Giles, Baker, Banksy, Banner

Convs: Cookie (x4)


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