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Recap

Risborough took to the field on yet another beautiful September Saturday afternoon; however this weekend marked the first game at our new playing ground in Towersey. The men have been training there for the past two seasons but are now playing all home games at this location as well as our Ladies team who already had Towersey as their match home last season.

  • Daniel Cuadrado
  • Damon Reading
  • Daniel Phillips
  • Dominik Osterfeld
  • Nick Hitchcock
  • Alex Kibblewhite
  • Alex Cutler
  • Greg Smith
  • Liam Roads
  • Guy Woodeson
  • Owen Fisher
  • Charlie Krabbe
  • Matthew Oxley
  • Liam Barnard
  • Rob McCorkell

 

  • Jerome Secardin
  • Angus Haines
  • Marc Freeman

The boys were looking glorious in the sun, donning their brand new electric green kit, sponsored by Rugbytots through ex player and coach, Rob Hill. The beginning of the game was well controlled by Risborough, slowly making their way up the field making smart and safe decisions and making the most of the opposition being slightly sluggish around the fringes and with their defensive press. After about 15 minutes of on and off pressure from Risborough, without much of a test from Faringdon so far, Charlie Krabbe took the ball in the midfield, burst through a couple of defenders and found himself touching down under the posts with Guy adding the 2 extras.

The first half remained in Risborough’s control with another try coming from try machine Daniel Cuadrado following a strong driving maul from the pack. This already being the 3rd try we have scored this season directly from a maul, special note must be given to the forwards on their much improved lineout so far this season, not only have we scored tries off of this but it is forming a fantastic base for our backs to work from, fantastic jumping from Greggles and solid arrows from Chan keeping us on the front foot. The half finished in a little bit of a less exciting manner with the heat seeming to slow down the players and therefore the play, Risborough took their foot off the gas a little and probably left a few points out on the field that should have been taken.

HT 12 – 0

Following a quick chat from the coaches Risborough wanted to go out and punish a tiring Faringdon from the whistle, they certainly did this and only a couple of minutes into the new half Owen Fisher found himself in acres of space down the left wing. The crowd were screaming at him to pin his ears back and go for the corner, however Owen seemed to jog in a straight line drawing the defenders towards him and at the perfect moment popped the ball back inside for Greg ‘The Lame Train’ Smith to hit at pace and a perfect angle to walk in our third try of the afternoon. Converted by Guy and 19 – 0 Risborough.

Faringdon at this point suddenly found an extra gear and began to dictate the play, they kept it short around the fringes and were driving the boys in green backwards at every opportunity. Eventually they managed to shrug off a couple of first up tackles and went over for a converted try, 19 – 7.

Shortly after Krabbe scored again in a fairly similar fashion; bumping off a few defenders and then bursting forwards we found ourselves 24 – 7 up with the bonus point secured already and over 20 mins left on the clock.

Faringdon continued to prevent us playing our game plan by dragging everyone into the centre of the park with their big and direct runners, however after a few minutes spent in our own 22 the ball appeared at the back of the ruck with Faringdon having nobody marking the back of the ruck or the blind side, scrum half Liam picked up and had 70m of grass and 1 man to beat. Liam waited for his moment before changing direction to finish off for our 5th try. Not converted 29 – 7.

With 15 minutes on the clock and 22 points between the teams it’s fair to say that most people watching and indeed the Risborough players believed the game was over. This complacency and Faringdon’s strong desire to not give up led to a pretty poor ending for the boys. Conceding another 2 converted tries,  in much the same way as the opening try, Risborough suddenly found themselves on the back foot with 5 minutes to go and all momentum swinging to the visitors. As the game became somewhat scrappy many of the Ris players got sucked into playing the game the opposition wanted and not our structure, this along with a bit of a defensive switch off did leave those on the touch line worried. However, the boys managed to hold off for another bonus point win, a few things to be worked on for the upcoming fixtures but 2 wins and 10 points from the first 2 games is the start to the season we all hoped for.

Man of the match was Charlie Krabbe for both his try scoring and his defensive line speed throughout, Dick of the Day went to Ben Marsh for being the first player to be ID’d at the Towersey bar!

Details

Date Time League Season
September 21, 2019 3:00 pm Wadworth 6X Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2 North 2019/20

Venue

Princes Risborough

Results

TeamPoints
Risborough 1st XV29
Faringdon21

Risborough 1st XV

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Faringdon

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