Old Elthamians RFC

Old Elthamians RFC

3rd XV Smiles at last

by Ian Sutton

Its been a tough season for both the 3rd and 4th xv's with lower numbers and a lengthy injury list.

Plans were put in place at the turn of the year to salvage what had been a disastrous first half of the season for the 3s and 4s, planned midweek training sessions, a recruitment drive and the all important inclusion of the youngsters in to senior rugby.

The Southwark Lancers visit on the back of two hefty defeats to Sidcup and Colfes meant we'd need a full bench. With less that 24 hours till kick off the sides (3s and 4s) sat with just 15 men a piece including myself (injured). Texts, phone calls, smoke signals and prayers saw us with 18 and 4s with 17.

Southwark Lancers are a side like many in the league that rely on their pack for yardage then use their athletic guys to hit the holes. Manning up in the back line had been an issue in past matches but not today. The D line was strong throughout the whole 80 minutes with Adam P making tackle upon tackle. The scrum although at least 10 stone lighter held its own with Dan Bott playing there for the first time. An opening score from James Rawlings the u18s winner on his first senior outing. The steady boot from James Hanson Bridges throughout the game saw him convert and bag two other pens. Lancers with a try in each half and two pens themselves running out eventual winners 16-13.

As far as a match report goes you are most likely thinking this is pretty naff? Well to me it wasn't about individuals, maybe in the past we've been guilty of depending on a superstar to single handedly win the match. This was a huge team effort with everyone buzzing on the same tune for the whole game. Southwark congratulated us on a hard thought game, the biggest guy on the pitch claiming he had not been hit that hard all season. One bonus point and a good few pints followed.

Smiles at last.


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