We anticipated it being a tough day for Ruislip at London Irish, and they didn't disappoint.
Neither of the teams had played any rugby for almost 3 weeks, so they were going to be a little bit rusty.
As usual the teams started with some warm up exercises and light training.
The games got under way, and they were strongly contested right from the off.
In the battle of the A teams, it was very tight. London Irish were extremely strong in the rucks, but the Ruislip defence held strong. The game could have gone either way, with both teams coming close on a number of occasions, and in a hard fought match Ruislip earnt a 1-1 draw, with Avi scoring an important try.
The Ruislip B team came into the game on the back of 12 games without defeat. They were very slow to start, and were quickly 1-0 down. They had their wake up call, and came close to equalising, and it wasn't until the last play of the first half until London Irish went 2-0 up. Ruislip put on some great pressure from the restart, falling just short of the line, but they missed too many tackles and found themselves 3-0 down. Another weaving run from London Irish with missed tackles, and it was 4-0. Jack managed a great run to score a consolation try, but London Irish were not finished, and scored another try just before the final whistle, making the final score 5-1 to London Irish.
The second game for the A teams was just as hard as the first game, but there were some tired legs for Ruislip, and there was not enough players to afford any substitutes. A well discipline and strong performance by London Irish saw them earn a 4-2 win, although the game could have gone either way if Ruislip had just taken their chances.
London Irish wanted to give their development team a game, so they asked for a game against our B team. Ruislip B team had woken up a bit now, and were quickly in the lead with a powerful bulldozer run from Jamie. Jack scored a good try from a strong scrum that was won by Ruislip. Jamie went short just of the try line before popping the ball up to Alfie for him to score the try, just before half time. Glenn's hard work throughout the day paid off, when he scored the last try of the game from a penalty, making the final score 4-0 to Ruislip.
The last game was probably the best performance of the day by the Ruislip B team, playing another game against the London Irish B team. Ruislip were switched on from the start, and came very close on a number of times. Jack managed to break through London Irish with a great run, scoring a try, but the referee disallowed it for handing off. London Irish were very strong in defence, and seemed to get even stronger as Ruislip got close to the line. London Irish could also have scored on a couple of occasions, but some great last tackles by Jack stopped them just short of the line, and Alfie managed to hold the ball up to prevent a try. Both teams played some good passing rugby in this game, but Ruislip had the stronger scrums in this game, and won more of the line outs. The final score was 0-0, but the lack of tries didn't detract from a very entertaining game.
London Irish A 1-1 Ruislip A
London Irish B 5-1 Ruislip B
London Irish A 4-2 Ruislip A
London Irish C 0-4 Ruislip B
Jamie, Jack, Alfie, Glenn
London Irish B 0-0 Ruislip B
Player of the day for the B team was deservedly awarded to George for his strong tackling and great rucking.
Across all games, it was clear to see how well drilled the London Irish teams were. They were strong in the scrums and rucks, and won more than their fair share of line outs. Having the pick of lots more players is always a great benefit.
Many thanks to London Irish for inviting us over for some great games of rugby, and we certainly look forward to playing them again.