THE LEADER OF THE PACK (ISSUE 18)
Well you cannot shut him up anyway so please welcome the weekly round-up of all Second XV news from Captain Chris Leader.
A big 41-8 home win against second in the league Caldy, you must be pleased with that?
Yes ST very pleased considering we had a few changes to the team due to injuries in the 1st team.
So in stepped two youngsters in Paddy Paine and Ryan Harding playing scrum half and wing. Both players have very promising futures with the second team and as they proved in this game, they have the ability to perform against one of the strongest oppositions.
The score line slightly flatters the opposition as we played all the rugby and should have scored more but at times we let ourselves down by the last pass or trying to force something.
Any standout performances?
Well as I have mentioned the two youngsters Ryan and Paddy did very well.
Matt Lamprey managed to grab a hat-trick and surprisingly got a jug in! Chris Wilkinson controlled the game well at 10 and managed to cross the white wash.
This week also saw the return of Lee Bambi who has been missing due to commitments watching Sunderland Football Team! Bambi managed to stitch together two pairs of shorts so he could get his truck sized rear into the shorts!
I believe that the younger much much slimmer Paine was doing his very best Rocky impression?
Paddy unfortunately did receive a cowardly punch to the eye from behind by the Caldy 6.
A disgraceful act that was unfortunately not seen by the referee as it was off the ball. The swelling to Paddy's eye was a clear indication as to what had happened and the player himself knew what he did. (The same player to be sent off for Fylde 3rd Team against our 3rd's last week for fighting!).
Paddy was able to continue on and put in a very good performance. The 6 however went missing for the rest of the game proud of his thuggish cowardly attack on an 18 year old lad.
That win now sends you 6 points clear with the title must be in your hands now
We have always said the title is in our hands and we know that we will have to win all our remaining fixtures to accomplish our goal of winning the league. Our next league fixture is at home to Preston in three weeks time. Where we will need to dust off some of the cobwebs after having 2 weeks off.
And you are still in the hunt for the cup?
Yes we have the semi final at home to Preston in April which will again be another epic battle. All the boys are confident and looking forward to challenging in both competitions and the hope is that both we and the 1st team can stay injury free.
Unfortunately we will be unable to have Urmston watch this week?
Yes the little man got the call up from Rich and Peaty after all my praise on here. Maybe I should start picking the team! From what I heard Paul 'The Game Changer' Urmston came on at half time and put in a very impressive display!
Well done mate.
As is looks like we could be without Paul for a few weeks we will switch to Smith Watch. That's Matt Smith.
As we all know now he is ‘the new best he has ever looked’ and un-rippable Matt, who has just returned from Fat Camp in New Zealand.
This week’s Smith Watch
Number of ruck’s checked = 25
Number of airplane’s seen = 4
Number of carrie’s on the wing = 2
Number of kicks = 2 (a lot for a second row)
All in all a simply un-rippable performance.
And how was this week’s Sedgley FC 5aside?
Well the Tigers 5aside team have been up against it in recent weeks due to poor performances in the cup and league.
So this week we were looking for the gaffer to inspire us to victory. Unfortunately this didn't happen although we were playing top of the league and the performance was still short of what we are capable of.
There was good news this week as Mike 'Seamen' Smith returned between the sticks to put in a more energetic performance than his brother in previous weeks.
As the pressure grows more on the gaffer, this week and only on the website you can see an exclusive interview with him as he talks about recent performances, results, selections and of course the pressure of being the boss!