Brought back down to earth with a BUMP!
After two wins on the bounce Royces were dealt a harsh lesson in reality, as the form team of the season continued there impressive campaign.
As you might expect from the score line it was not our greatest performance of the season but it was by no means our worst. Playing against the best team we have faced all season, including Buxton we were always going to be up against it, and yes there were times where poor tackling and communication cost us position and points. The game was all over by half time as Boston ran riot, we could not hold on to possession for great lengths of time and we were under pressure at the set piece. But it was the second half that impressed me.
Although the hail storm that greeted our arrival had died down, by the time we kicked of the second half it was raining hard and although the cold biting wind was with us the conditions were tough. But the never say die attitude that has epitomised our season was never in greater evidence, we continually plugged away, continually battered into the Boston defensive line, and although we still conceded points in the second half the defsive effort was much improved lead by the fly half, openside flanker and inside centre who was lucky to escape a yellow card for a number of chest high (and higher) clothes line-esque tackles. Similarly another lad was reported lucky to escape a card in the first half for a dodgy tackle although like a premiership football manager I didn’t see that.
We eventually did string some good phase work together and managed to break into the Boston half, working the phases well and crucially playing with pace and quick ball, although we got a bit to eager to keep the ball moving and a few loose passes out of contact put us back under pressure with a turn over, although we managed to get a penalty straight away. Running the penalty we soon turned the ball over again, and from my sodden frozen position on the touchline I thought we would never score but a great moment of defensive effort saw us regain the ball, and as we attacked close to the ensuing rucks we started to work the blind side, with the fly half releasing players off his shoulder, and this tactic payed off, as we went blind again as the 10 drew his man and passed out to replacement winger who beat the final defender to cross over the line. This was just reward for the way the guys stuck at it after travelling all that way.