HSBCRFC IIs 12 - 29 CCR RFC 1s - league match (a)
 

It is always a pleasure to play a match away which is so very close to our home ground and indeed closer to a mainline train station: it is also a beautifully maintained pitch over at HSBC sports ground in Lennard Road.  We had a strong squad out but a few people not at full fitness or carrying a knock and there was a bit of juggling to ensure 15 players were in broadly the right positions.  A credit to the club currently is the fact that we do have a back row player who will step up to prop and other back row players who will fill in at 2nd row and backs who will push from centre to scrum half AND IT DOES NOT MESS UP OUR GAME.

We went into the lead with a well worked try at a time when it still looked like the match could go either way.  We had fought our way back into their half after repelling one of their many efforts towards our line and some good handling (in atrocious slippy ball wet conditions) saw Jack Holding muscle over for our first.  More excellent forwards play getting the hard yards and sucking in their tacklers got enough space for Max Stevenson to get over too.  With both of those successfully converted we went into half time 14 - 0 up and feeling a bit smug.  THAT WAS A MISTAKE - we then shipped a silly try to an intercepted pass and there was a real risk of throwing the match away.  Happily a penalty kick of ours only just inside their half missed touch by inches having been kept in by an HSMC defender, they failed to secure the ball and Jack Perry scooped and battered his way over to pick up our third try.  They got a consolation try back but we put the icing on the cake with a hard run effort of a good backs move.

One penalty, three conversions, four tries was the combination getting us a 29 point final score - they got two tries and converted only one of them.  We worked the bench quite well and we rucked superbly for 70% or so of the match and considering the conditions our backs worked extremely well with the ball - half breaks by Chris at 10 with offloads from behind their defensive line worked well time and time again.  Our defence worked well as we identified who their "danger men" were and worked hard to snuff their efforts out early.

Rufus