Good, Better, Best
Kings build to a great start to the season.
A preseason tournament organised by Surrey rugby was the first real run out for the 2s as a team this season. The varied level of entrants meant the organisers structured the competition as three round robin leagues. Kings found themselves in the middle tier and had high hopes of a good performance. The first game kicked off a little late with two kings players playing for a short opposition (thanks to James Shaw and Aayush Patel). The team played some joué in spurts, but it was unfortunately not the dominant rugby played. It was also not the best game in terms of injuries with George Ross and Ed O’Callahan both taking big knocks. Despite this the team took a victory and, after watching the other two teams in our pool play, headed into the second match knowing the opposition would be a step up in the next games.
The second game was indeed a stronger test with Kings being behind for the first time in the tournament. In a tit-for-tat game Kings needed a something to put them decisively in front. Early in the game it was a pleasure to see that Francis Dawn had finally remembered how to catch, and intercepted a pass that wasn’t really wayward to score a great try. Thankfully in addition to this intercept, the pace of Josh Dillon got Kings out of jail. As the end of the game approached Kings started playing their best rugby so far and achieved a slightly faltering result. Thankfully Aayush Patel had plenty of snacks to recharge the team before the next game.
After some well spirited and rowdy support on the touchline, this trend of improved play continued into the final game. Kings played some exceptional rugby, running in a host of tries, the pick of which saw the front row union combine to an early contender for try of the tournament. At least five back and forth passes between Aayush Patel and Jonny Kiddle proved you don’t have to outpace your opposition, just out-fox them, to travel from your 22 to theirs. Eventually being hauled down just short of the try line, quick ball found Ali Cooper and he was in under the posts. Unfortunately the opposition didn’t quite turn up in the way one might have hoped, but that took nothing away from the performance of a great Kings side. The final score a fair reflection of the dominance that the Kings side showed. Smiles all round as the team lifted the converted Bowl, with rumours of our own Paddy Smith even saying that it ‘wasn’t too bad’ and he ‘had a nice time’. After this it was back to the Club house to celebrate for Paddy’s birthday.
A great preparation for the season, with the 2s looking sharp as they start to think about their first league match on the 23rd September. Special mention to Alistar Stables who made an excellent debut.