“ VERULAMIANS 9 pts --- TABARD 51 pts
Playing conditions could not have been better and Tabard took advantage of these and a very obvious wish to teach Vees a lesson in overwelming quality possession . The scoreline depicts the territorial advantage and had they had a kicker the result would have been more embarrassing.
From the kick off it soon became apparent that their forwards would dominate and place Vees always on the back foot. The one highlight for Vees in the first half that ended 9 – 24 was that Jake Lawrence, playing like many others out of position, landed three very accurate long distance penalties . Vees position of being 4 tries down at half time was not aided by 3 injuries.
Tabard in the second half continued to pressure Vees slowly wilting and stretched defence and scored another 5 tries. With all the quality possession Vees just could not create any opportunities to penetrate Tabard’s line and with Tabard’s huge front row twins presented Vees with many problems in the set pieces and gave their back division the scope to experiment many hard running moves . ( they even won the beer race afterwards ! ).
Verulamians appear to be starting the new season seeking cohesion and confidence within a very young side that with patience and endeavour will be performing better within a few months.
Next week’s match away at newly relegated Harrow RFC will possibly pose a determination to do much better. This will be aided with the prospect of long standing quality players gradually returning to the side ‘’.
TTFN --- Max Schroeder—VRFC
Updated 18:42 - 23 Sep 2018 by Paul McGoohan