Fullerians 2nds 67 – 0 Hertford Hoes
Regular readers will be aware that the match report is usually framed around the tries we have scored, punctuated with some (very) comical whimsy......
Match report courtesy of Mr Alfred Church .....
Regular readers will be aware that the match report is usually framed around the tries we have scored, punctuated with some (very) comical whimsy. Well this could be the shortest report ever as, for the observant ones, there were no tries for Hertford and no points, whatsoever. Unfortunately, there weren’t many comedic moments either as we spent pretty much the afternoon on the back foot desperately trying to repel wave after wave of Fullerian attack. Captain Shields was more King Canute by the end of the day.
The best bits of the day included Liam and Ged Murphy’s ability to pull a full team together, at the last minute, after several people had had dropped out. One of the elder statesmen in the team had to excuse himself from a kids party to play; he tells us that losing 67-0 was more fun than yet another children’s disco would have been. We had 15 players, but a surfeit of forwards meant we only had 3 backs (scrum half, fly half and full back)! And of our 12 forwards, 5 of them were front rowers. Well done to all the lads who played out of position against a pretty speedy and skilful opposition backline – Moss Goodwin and Sam Glossop actually managed to do some damage from the centres with the limited possession we had; it’s all part of the rugby learning experience.
In addition to actually fielding 4 teams (whilst this should be a pre-requisite for Hertford, everyone’s efforts are much appreciated), the other best bit from the day was Jason’s cramp in the second half. As part of his ongoing rugby education, he can add the experience of the pain caused by pushing in a scrum and maul all afternoon. He faced it with great dignity, legs akimbo flailing in the air and groans not often heard outside of a maternity ward. Impressively, he managed to run it off and played the last 20 mins.
As for the substance of the game, Fullerians were well on top throughout. With a decent back row, organised attack and pacy backs, we were second best all day. However, we did show some good defence with the indefatigable terrier Giddings never giving up, and Hicks putting in good hits (and line outs). We also showed some good skill, including the sweet cross field kick from Jonny Murphy to his brother Alex on the wing – but, which had to be pulled back. We even had some possession and threatened the Fullerians try line a number of times, with Massey making good yards and Shields getting close to scoring. The nearest we got was a charge down by Hicks who collected the ball and looked certain to score until he was held up over the line.
The match was being filmed as part of the ref’s assessment (he did a good job), but I do not recommend that you try and find this Halloween horror show.
Anyway, 0 is what we got. But rugby isn’t about the statistics and numbers; it’s about getting muddy with your teammates and as far away as possible from infernal kids parties.
Team: Francis, Massey, Adam, Jason, Matt, Hicks, Church, Shields ©; Giddings, Roberts, J Murphy, Glossop, Goodwin, A Murphy, Nathan
Scorers: er, none