With a much changed team from the previous weekends first home fixture the lads made the trip deep into Oxfordshire to face Grove’s 2nd team. As is the case for pretty much every team we will be facing this season, Risborough have never faced this team. There was wind, there was sun, there was cloud, there was rain but importantly there were 30 blokes wanting a game of rugby and a referee!
- Daniel Cuadrado
- Damon Reading
- Tony Wilkinson
- Andy Emmett
- Nick Hitchcock
- Alex Cutler
- Jerome Secardin
- Greg Smith
- Alex Dawson
- Guy Woodeson
- Martyn Fox
- Charlie Krabbe
- Liam Roads
- Angus Haines
- Tom McCorkell
- James Donald
- Matthew Oxley
For the 3rd game in a row the Ris boys started with fantastic intensity, a great chase off of the kick off led to a drop from the Grove pack and an attacking scrum to the Boys in Green 25 yards out within the first minute of play. Grove showed how strong their pack was on the day with a big drive and the scrum being reset still with Risborough ball. The second scrum was solid from our boys allowing clean ball to the backs, a few simple passes and a powerful run from centre Charlie Krabbe bouncing off of the upright defence allowed him to scamper down the wing and touch down off of our first attack of the game. No conversion 0 – 5.
Following this the game became very scrappy, and panicked, the Grove pack kept our boys under constant pressure whether we had the ball or they did. Despite being dominated in the majority of scrums the boys continued to pack down and try and fight to keep our own ball clean, speaking to the Grove front row after the game they mentioned that we were the best test they’ve faced yet in the scrum. Hats off to the opposition in this area, they were absolutely phenomenal as an 8.
Grove managed to bring their large centres into the game and a slight reluctance from the Risborough defensive line to shut down the space allowed gain line breaks to become too regular for the hosts. Following a passage with wuick ball and punchy moves, Grove dragged our boys in narrow before spreading it around the edge of them for their first try.
Grove soon after managed to score a second try in a fairly similar fashion taking them to 12 – 5 lead. In previous seasons with 2 quickly conceded tries and a real force to deal with in the set pieces Risborough have allowed themselves to roll over and leak points and drop their heads. This however does not appear to be the case this season, the boys dug very deep and kept themselves in the game. Much of the game was played in the middle of the park with a shedload of handling errors from both sides, with not a lot of advantaged being played, meant we were watching scrum after scrum from the sidelines.
HT 12 – 5.
The second half remained much the same, a few knocks and not many options on the bench meant the coaches were trying to pull together a working 15 for much of this half. This meant that the flow of the match was lost with Grove not punishing us with their set piece dominance.
Finally a breakthrough came for Ris, Guy ‘Andy Foode’ Woodeson managed to read the opposition play and intercept the ball on the halfway line, Guy managed to ‘sprint’ all the way to the line and convert his own score to bring the game to 12 -12. Game on!
The last 20 minutes of the game was fairly end to end with both teams threatening to score every few minutes but without any success. Grove’s knowledge of the pitch and wind allowed them to clear their lines very efficiently and keep us pushed back towards our own 22.
With 2 minutes to go Risborough failed to clear their lines and were left with a scrum on our own 5m line, a huge drive from the opposition left scrumhalf Dawson under immense pressure where the Grove backrow managed to steal the ball in the mess of bodies and touch it down right at the death for a 19 -12 victory to the home side.
Whilst the boys have their first loss of the season there are a huge amount of positives to be taken from this; the desire and fitness to keep Grove to 2 tries for the majority of the game was fantastic from 1 through 15, either side could have taken this game in the last 10 mins and whilst it was not our day it certainly wasn’t a performance to drop our heads over. With Wheatley 2s visiting us for our first October game we have to go out there and play our style of rugby and move on through this season with our heads up.
Man of the match was Jerome Secardin who tackled relentlessly throughout and kept himself in the head of their 10 throughout the second half preventing Grove to flow in the backs, Dick of the Day went to Daniel Cuadrado as a congratulations. Daniel fought in 3 fights the previous day at the Judo Commonwealth Championships for England, bringing home a bronze medal – well done Cwozy! Jimmy D managed to miss the Dick of the Day award by shooting off early after he came on as a sub wearing a snood covered in Albas Oil for his cold…….. I shall say no more
|September 28, 2019||3:00 pm||Wadworth 6X Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2 North||2019/20|
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Risborough 1st XV