After England had put themselves through to the Quarter Finals of the World Cup, already bettering the fate of the 2015 squad, Risborough wanted another home victory to bounce back on last week’s first defeat of the season. Most of the lads turned up on time as there were strong rumours circling about the annual team photo being taken pre match.

  • Daniel Cuadrado
  • Damon Reading
  • Daniel Phillips
  • Dominik Osterfeld
  • Andy Emmett
  • Nick Hitchcock
  • Jerome Secardin
  • Marc Freeman
  • Alex Dawson
  • Liam Roads
  • Owen Fisher
  • Charlie Krabbe
  • Angus Haines
  • Liam Barnard
  • Martyn Fox


  • Greg Smith
  • Paul Radford
  • Keiran Alexander
  • Tony Wilkinson

Both teams started with a good intensity with the game played in the middle of the park, with each side looking to use the ball quickly and run at the opposition with intent. After Risborough managed to start building a few phases it was clear that we were dragging the defence in towards the contact area. The lads pushed from the half way to the 22 going left and right, moving the defence about whilst retaining quick and clean possession of the ball. With a ruck on the 22 towards the crowd side of the pitch there was an overlap on the blind side. The communication and looking up at where the space actually is allowed us to spin the ball left before Wheatley had reacted, Mo straightened his line up and popped out to Captain Liam who cut back against the drift and rounded the fullback for the first score of the day; also converted by Liam 7 – 0.

From the restart Wheatley showed they weren’t going to roll over and take a beating, they upped their aggression in the rucks and started to make the scrums difficult for our pack; this disrupted our play quite heavily leaving us with a fruitless period of about 10 minutes around the halfway line. The next time we made our way towards the Wheatley white line the referee awarded us a penalty in front of the posts; this came after strong carries from the big boys upfront with special mentions to German Dom and Big Nick with the yards they were making us. Liam made the sensible decision to take the 3 points to keep us ticking over and more than a converted try in front of the opposition. Whilst on the subject of sensible decisions, the same cannot be said for the David Seaman moustache our captain decided to turn up to the game with today. 10 – 0.

As the majority of the first half Wheatley kept their belief strong and despite not frequently visiting our half were still looking dangerous with some big carries off of the 10s shoulder and some fast feet in the outside backs. Eventually a mistake in defence from Risborough allowed their 13 to run through the defensive gap and finish from around 30 metres out, unconverted 10 – 5 with under 10 mins left of the second half. Game on.

The next try was a thing of beauty from the boys in green; hard running lines and well timed offloads from the forwards with Lips and Marc managing to retain the go forward ball. Another pop out the back came to Seaman himself who’s fast feet left the oppositions ankles crying and the try line gaping for his second of the day, converted again 17 – 10 with the half coming to a close.

Or was it? The boys practised on the pitch what they’ve been practising on Tuesdays and Thursday all season! The attacks stayed tight and narrow dragging the defence closer and closer to the breakdown, at the right moment the ball went out wide, Angus and Owen linked up well to take the ball down towards the corner flag. 2 pick and goes from the forwards and a great fight to keep hold of the ball left us on the line where Alex Dawson dived over to score next to the corner flag to ruin the captain’s 100% kicking record.

HT 22 – 5

The second half remained a good battle between the two sides, after the opening exchanges floating between both 22s as much of the first half had, Wheatley managed to back Ris into their own 22. Off of the set piece one of their centres tried an optimistic kick through which ended up in the hands of Dawson. After cutting back to the side where all the forwards had just vacated following the set piece he had the pace to burn the rest of the oppositions chase across the field to run it in from 80m. Again Dawson decided not to go under the posts with the score much to the delight of Guy Woodeson on the touch line. Unconverted, 27 – 5.

From the restart by Wheatley a lazy chase allowed Cwozy to run the ball away from the onrushing Wheatley pack and towards the static back line, with a perfectly timed pop Liam took the ball at pace, stepped inside and out to leave all of the defenders grabbing thin air allowing him to run straight under the posts for 2 tries in 2 mins, Liam’s hat trick, and a very big mountain for the opposition to climb.

Whilst the rest of the game carried on much in the same manner, Risborough knew they had won and the tackles began to slip off a little bit as the boys tired. This meant that Wheatley managed to run in another 2 tries with one converted from under the posts and the score line not looking as tasty as it did 20 minutes earlier.

FT 34 – 17.

Man of the match was Liam Roads for his 24 points including a hat trick, special mentions to the second row of Mo and Dom who dominated the field and set pieces for us today allowing us the front foot ball we love to play with! Dick of the Day went to Liam Barnard who missed the team photo as he popped in to the clubhouse to wash his face…..? Also a big thank you to Tony Wilkinson for benching without getting on as per the league rules of 18 players with the need for a front row replacement.


Date Time League Season
October 5, 2019 3:00 pm Wadworth 6X Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2 North 2019/20


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