Kettering 54 Juggers 7
The report that was almost posted from hospital !
On a glorious spring afternoon, fifteen Juggers traveled to Kettering, the problem was, unusually, we had more backs than forwards. Fortunately (?) for us, Kettering had one or two spare players and were able to lend us a prop (we think their squad totaled 30, but it may have been more !).
We kicked off, knowing that we would probably have to defend for long periods of the game. However, we held our own, and when Kettering did attack, they were stopped by resolute defence. Andy, Martin and Steve were particularly busy, but kept out the attackers. Josh was tackling anything that moved near the pack and we were all enjoying ourselves. Except Moose who got a stinger and had to leave the pitch. Kettering sent over another replacement and we continued. Kettering scored from a quickly taken penalty, and then scored again. When it looked like a third try was on, strong defence from Andy and Steve saw the loose ball seized on by one of the loanees who went 80 metres to score under the posts. Mark was successful with the conversion. We conceded another try on half time which meant it was Kettering 17 Peterborough Juggers 7. With no orange froth and no subs, we knew we had another shift ahead, but we did have orange quarters (thanks Kettering).
Into the second half, and unsurprisingly we tired. Our hosts were rotating their team at regular intervals (it felt like every ten minutes), and they had support runners when making breaks. We didn't stop playing, and from a breakdown on the Kettering 22 came a highlight (not). We win the ball at the ruck, Sean pops a pass to Alan, who with lovely soft hands ships the ball onto me. It arrives at the same time as a Kettering centre who by now is horizontal and aimed at an invisible target on my chest. I get flattened, knock on, get up and we carry on. We concede a few more tries as the game draws to a close.
Final score Kettering 54 Peterborough Juggers 7.
Our thanks to Kettering for a great match,played in a great spirit and the loan of some players, and to our referee, nice to see the feed at the scrum being picked up.
The bring along this week was a potato, to celebrate Sir Walter Raleigh being given Virginia, and he was widely thought to have introduced the humble spud to europe.
Before the court was one miscreant, Alan, for his pass that was looking to give the Kettering ambulance workers something to do on a Saturday afternoon.
Congrats to the firsts on winning their league.
Next week, ONs at home.