Peterborough Juggers 7 Thorney Old Monks 29
Slow start proves costly (again).
On a great day for rugby (copyright the Juggers), the Juggers welcomed Thorney to Fortress Fengate. Given the size of the opposition squad I doubt there were any adult males left in Thorney this afternoon as they had all been press ganged to play in Colin Thompson's last game of rugby, ever (until the next one).
A frankly poor kick off allowed the visitors onto the front foot and when the eldest of the retirees 'children' chipped over a flat defence we were caught out. Another poor restart allowed the Old Monks (and quite a few new ones looking at them) the room and space to attack at pace, resulting in the same outcome. Time for the Juggers to pick it up. At last we started to exercise some control, but with Thorney able to rotate their entire team at 10 minute intervals, they had the fresh (and younger) legs to capitalise on any errors. Young Redsy entered the fray when Mr Coyle had to leave the pitch, and he looked to bring a bit of dynamism to proceedings, easy when you are less than half the average age of your teammates. The first half finished with the Juggers only having just warmed up. Juggers 0 Thorney 24, orange froth and a squad to rotate. This meant that some of our own youngsters, who should have been playing for the IIIs , but their game was called off, and came along to help their elder statesmen.
The Juggers carried on the second half as they finished the first. Better carrying and working around the fringes along with good lineout work. Jamie brought shame on himself, his skipper, his teammates and his family when he received a yellow card for a kerfuffle, which saw him do his best (but not very good) Vladimir Klitchko impression. Another try was conceded before the Juggers best period of play which saw us spend quite a bit of time in the opposition 22. The hard work paid off when Connor was able to do his best Dale impression and charge over from short distance. Mark was successful with the conversion. The match finished shortly afterwards when the final Thorney XV completed their allotted 10 minutes on the pitch.
Final score Juggers 7 Thorney 29.
Our thanks to Thorney for making the long journey and the game played in an excellent spirit, and to our match official, Mr Croson.
Today we celebrated the publication of the Daily Courant, Englands first daily newspaper. Some knew, some didn't ! Before the court were Skips for a clothing malfunction, and not setting the example we expect. Jamie for his kerfuffle and Squeak for an erroneous message to one of the Juggers social media platforms (it's OK Squeak, we love you too !). Not surprisingly, or maybe it was, but Squeak was voted Plank of the Week. Colin, playing his last game before he comes out of retirement, estimated to be in three months, was allowed to partake in the Juggers chili chocolate and garlic and chili mix.
Next week, no game at present, but Skips will be seeking availability to go in the pool.