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St Ives II
5th XV
Sat 11 Mar 13:30 - League Full time

Numbers depleted...

...what might have been...

(Written by Richard Craddock)

St Ives 2nds 79 : 17 Shelford 5ths

End of season games with 6 Nations games a calling always mean numbers are lower and with ongoing injuries hitting we were much depleted for a trip to St Ives. Having won our previous 2 games this season I think they were determined to avoid a white wash and it didn’t start well. During the warm up Good Looking Lesbian had to step down due to damaged ribs from his last game. We rearranged positions and started well . We were lent a player to make it even and great thanks to Mark who played very well and even scored a well worked try. He’s welcome anytime in the 5th team .

We exchanged tries for the first 20 minutes and held them in the loose , in particular the ono on one stuff was dogged.

Unfortunately after scoring a great try Adam H was taken out by the sniper in the crowd and had to leave the filed of play – again we swapped around and an old partnership of Crispy and myself were reunited at 9 & 10. Crispy had a great game ( had to be reminded a couple of times he was scrum half !!) but we battled on .

At half time we were still in the game but superior numbers meant they had plenty of opportunity and continuing injuries reduced our impact on their attacks. Eventually we were being overrun and the game ended with the score line not reflecting the whole game and what might have been with a full squad.

Names to mention this week would be Luke for his power play , Chris and Hugo as centres again taking on all-comers, Ben H , Oli N for a try and another good game on the wing and Ginger Dickon for staying on the pitch for the full 80 – I’ve never seen anyone so ill and still play (never try a late night out followed by a rolled mop herring breakfast !)
Ignore the score line and look at the whole season of nearly 100% games played . No game next week so a chance to rest and recover fully from a few niggling injuries ready for a final brace of games to finish our best season .

The afternoon ended weirdly with a detour to Addenbrookes A & E to pick up eldest daughter who had fractured her ankle and bumped into young Tom Ransom who I’d just seen being taken off at Shelford (apparently he’s still as good looking as ever – according to daughter and favourite wife !)
See you all soon


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