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Thamesians 1XV

Match Report

Ts travelled to a very wind swept Hendon with a team target of 4 wins from the first 6 games already having won 3 and drawn 1 from the first 5 games.

Ts faced a strong wind in the first half and knew a good and fast start was needed. This wasn’t to be the case and found themselves a try down shortly after the kick off. This however helped Ts focus on their game plan and execute it by keeping position and structure. 

A few plays later T’s took the lead and the game was on. A high penalty count again started to cost Ts and very soon found themselves under a huge amount of pressure and in the muddiest and wind swept corner on the field.

Sustained pressure and Ts won turnover several times although weren’t able to clear sufficiently due to the gale force wind sweeping into their faces. Ts rallied however dug deep and turned defence into attack. Some attacking play by the quick men out wide, Jonno and Buddah, with some strong midfield play saw Ts add a few tries to the board and ended a first half in the lead. Not a bad result considering the slow start and the gale force winds in their faces. 

The forwards had worked like demons in the set pieces and the loose although a little too often on the wrong side of the referees liking. The penalty count had made it a difficult and hard fought 1st half.

The second half was exactly what the Ts are all about with some exciting, structured and well drilled rugby. The defence had no answer to the pace and ability of the Ts in the second. The points were quickly flowing and Ts had the ascendency in the game.

The highlight of this period must be awarded to front rower Rory! After some great mauling from the pack to gain some good momentum Rory broke clear and was through leaving only to ground the ball and enjoy the moment of scoring a well-earned try. No one is too sure if it was the electric pace or Rory already concentrating too heavily on what the try celebration was going to be although ran past the 22 line, past the try line and then the unimaginable past the dead ball line to ground what he thought was a very well earned try! Much to Rory’s horror the try was not held and the ref awarded a 22 drop out to the opposition leaving Rory with only blushes of embarrassment and knowing that he had done what is known as a Kourosh!

Ts raced past the 4th try and bonus point and were looking well set for a good victory although no one told the Hendon side of this! Ts started to relax and little in the last 20 minutes and thinking the win was in the bag started to give away penalties and the Hendon quick tap penalties started to hurt the defence and Ts suddenly conceded two quick tries to give Hendon thoughts of a great escape. Ts rallied dug deep and maintained defence and some composure to close out in the last 5 to 10 minutes with some hard tackling and fiercely contested rucks.

The game ended and Ts had achieved the bonus point win and the goal of 4 wins from the first 6 games and 4th place in the league table.

Score – 41 - 30

Tries: Jonno, Billy, Tramp, Callum, James, Zippy, Greg

Cons: Jonno x 2, Billy x1

Man of the Match: Zippy

Match Report: Lance

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