Datchworth 3rd XV v Hertford Termites - 7th October 2017
Deja Vu for Datchworth 3s
I was very tempted to copy and paste most of the match report from our last game with Hertford. It was pretty much the same story which revolved around us being outplayed by their 9 and 10. Great running, passing and kicking game from those two players that kept us out of the game. That and poor tackling from our defensive line that just made it too easy for Hertford to run through us time after time. You could take the view that our two encounters this season offer little hope for our return league fixture in a few months time but I don’t believe that’s the case. We are yet to field our full strength side, so we are far from reaching our potential in these early matches. Keep the faith!
Now for the positives…
Saturday saw the return of the now svelte Steve Turley after spending the summer training to become the next Mo Farah. Committing to rugby again, for what is rumoured to be his last season, he can now focus on drinking Mo Guinness. And what a nice way to mark his return, with a hard earned try in the first half to give us some hope of staying in contention early on in the match.
We blooded six new players… and five of them even made it to the starting whistle. Welcome to Alex, Chris, Matt, Tim, Paul and David who, on average, last played a game of rugby fifteen years ago. Poor old Paul injured himself tying up his boot laces and was unable to take part in the game. The other fellas put in sterling efforts for their first game with us and we hope to see them back again.
After a worry earlier in the week about a lack of front and second row specialists, we had three players step up and do a cracking job. Woo at Hooker, and Stainsby and Wesson in the 2nd row. All three playing there for the first time and doing us proud as we held a decent Hertford pack. Great to know we have a few more options up our sleeve in these key positions.
…and I scored my first try for Datchworth. Try was made by a fantastic steal by Stainsby and a great offload by Jerry to allow me to trot over the line. Was also great to watch Jerry put in some storming tackles throughout the match to help lift the team on what was a pretty tough day.
A big thanks needs to go out to Andy and Kelly for a top-notch, post-match Chilli.