Nomads Show True Passion & Grit
This weekend saw Nomads face their stiffest league test to date.
Swindon College Old Boys (SCOB) were the visitors in the second home game of the season.
Nomads were targeting a fourth league win and SCOB were hoping to bounce back from their home defeat the previous week.
The Autumnal weather was perfect for rugby, a good number of supporters had climbed the hill out of town to support the Clubs 2nd team Nomads.
SCOB kicked off playing up the hill, the weight advantage in the forwards was clearly to shape their game plan. What they hadn’t counted on was a Nomads team that wouldn’t take a step backwards and always looked to put pace on the ball at every opportunity.
Nomads defended solidly between their 22 and 10m line for a solid 20 minutes before a turnover in the ruck lead to passing in the backs setting Tomassi on a run down the wing. He linked well with Tom in support to score under the posts. Tom Longshaw then converted to add a further 2 points.
Nomads received the re-start and the pattern of this game resumed after a short flurry into SCOB’s territory Nomads were back into defensive mode. First up tackles by Jack, Roko, Jake. Aiden and RJ
Lifted the side. Nomad’s forwards were being completely out scrummaged but were tenacious at the breakdown. The line speed in defence and commitment in the tackle reduced all SCOBs advances to handling errors or turnovers. The defensive pressure resulted in SCOBS 13 passing the ball into touch after several attacking phases of play.
Nomad’s Tomassi reacted taking the lineout quickly while SCOBS defence had their heads down. He ran the length of the pitch for Nomads second score using his quick feed and sidestep to evade the last line of SCOBs defence. Nomads Tom Longshaw converted to take the score to 14-0.
Finally after another 10 minutes of pressure, SCOBs scored a try to the far right of Nomad’s posts. It was clear today that Nomads defence was too solid for anything down the middle. SCOBs missed their conversion opportunity.
The refs whistle brought the first half to an end with the score 14-5 in favour of the home side.
All Nomad’s players knew they had just delivered a stellar first half performance particularly at the breakdown and in defence.
Two changes saw Villi on for Tom Jarvis and Reece Bryant on for Aaron Maines in the front row.
Nomads kicked off the second half and it was clear within minutes they were in no mood to surrender their points advantage. No matter what questions SCOBs forwards or backs asked of the Nomads. They answered with aggressive defence and backs play that made great advances into SCOB territory.
The first breakthrough for points in the 2nd half came from Tomassi. He anticipated a long pace, intercepting it running from his own 10m line to score. Tom Longshaw converted bringing the score to 21-5.
The now numerous crowd were being rewarded with a hard fought contest with the home support sensing Nomads were in reach of their fourth successive win with 20 minutes to go. The whole pattern of the game resumed with attacking forwards play from SCOBs and defensive resilience from Nomads.
SCOB’s were finally rewarded 4 minutes from the final whistle by their dominance in a 5m attacking scrum. The resulting conversion was missed and after a final passage of play, Nomads won 21-10.
The game was a credit to both teams and played in the true spirit of rugby.
Thank you to all the supporters, the coach’s man of the match was Aiden Horwood who played out of position at 9 for the team and put his body on the line numerous times. Other notable performances in what was an overall outstanding team performance were provided by Jack King (12), Roko (8), Steve Rushen (2), Tomassi (14).
Thank you to the whole squad.