Battling Borough Go Down To Olney
Battling Borough Go Down To Olney
The encounter at Fengate on a crisp Sunday morning highlighted once again that the Premiership is a tough league filled with excellent teams all playing very good rugby. The boys are relishing the challenge and showing that they can compete!
Borough’s biggest issue is numbers - injuries have hit hard this season.. only against Old Scouts have Borough had 15 fit starters and a small bench to dive into (even that game was played 50% with 14 and the last 15mins with 13). Sunday started with 15, with Tom encouraged by Coach (dad) Darren that he ‘might do something’, another ‘giving it a go’ and two lads in their first ever season. Within 10minutes Borough were down to 14 as Elliot took a heavy tackle, five minutes later Jack took a knock requiring a breather on the side lines. This unfortunately has been the pattern with most of our games – down to 13 or 12 for huge periods of a match makes life tough!
For the first twenty minutes Olney’s big forwards and slick backs were in full force as Boro struggled to establish a foot hold in the game. The scrum wasn’t working! Moving our more experienced forwards into a make shift back row creating mobility to counter the driving Olney threat meant an in-experienced second row weren’t getting the ball to the back after Billy’s excellent initial strike. The Olney pack were shunting the P’Boro scrum, what appeared at times, into the carpark – effectively winning ball! Claudio Ranieri tinkering was needed, moving Sam back to his usual position, Daniel discussed with the ref for his own recollection the scrum rules (e.g. scrum halves not coming round, how far is 1.5metres?) and now Borough got ball! Ryan illustrated his pace to blast in for a try and at half time whilst walking wounded the team talk was positive – the score line a mountain 7-29.
Boroughs scrambling pressure defence was making Olney earn the yards and their points. Jamie playing his third ever game applied rush defence and tackling that was providing resistance on Borough’s left flank. With ball in hand Borough looked effective, fast straight running was breaching the solid Olney backs, special note to 13 who was excellent at getting his hands on the ball in contact - requiring their fullback to make 3 or 4 fantastic try saving tackles – stifling Borough’s attempt to get back into the game.
The spirit in the Borough side is immense, heads did not dip and despite 13 on the pitch – fitness levels and mobility once again came to the fore. With Daniel orchestrating and an assured confident display from Adam, 9-10 started moving the ball quickly away from the Olney forwards giving the ball effectively to the backs. The side lined wounded wanted to be involved - patched up Jack and Elliot put themselves back on for the battle. Strong support running and an excellent draw/pass by Aidan put Ryan in space this time he stepped the full back and was under the posts. Another solid set play put Jack on the ball, strong running broke the Olney midfield and the foot race from half way was won. Two tries and 19-34, 15mins to go!
Elliot finally realised his game was up - after another gut wrenching effort to make a tackle he was rewarded with a header from a ball thrown at him from a very short distance. Olney’s aggression levels raised in and around the rucks. Ryan took a knock and made his way to the side line. 15 man Olney found the holes as the 12 Borough boys battled on… and the game was gone! Well done to Olney who closed the game out with two clinical tries and a final score 19-48.
The coaches could not ask for more! Despite coming off second best the fitness, effort, team work and desire illustrated cannot be faulted. The battle upfront was immense but Nick, Sam, Jason, Myles, Frazer, Joe, Tom and Billy stood up to the challenge, putting in a hell of a shift.
Injuries and 'retirements' have thinned the Peterborough ranks this season - as discussed on side lines the squad needs stiffening and expanding. Any lads who would like to play and test themselves at this highest level of u15 Club rugby would be keenly welcomed – training Thursdays and games on Sunday. Please call Head Coach Stuart for further details.