St Albans Rugby Club

St Albans Rugby Club

St Albans 3rds 13 Black Horse 7

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"How many people have we got now?" "Eight."

A muddy rain swept pitch at Smallford saw a tight battle played to the best of the players abilities. The mud kept everyone honest as the score was on a kinife edge through out. The Twos had made off with two of our players, four others had cancelled and with 15 minutes to go before kick off we numbered 8. We started with 12 and the Black Horse scrum were a big set of fellas. They dominated in the scrums until they chose to see that dominance to its natural conclusion by injuring Ryan Roughan. The scrums would now be uncontested which neutralised one of their assets. Nice! Black Horse opened the scoring with a stroll under the posts as STA3's defense was spread too wide. Converted.
Undeterred STA3 got stuck in and using tactics of an Irish bent of holding the man and ball up in the maul, were able to benefit from the scrums. Lots of tackling lots of mauling not quite so good rucking and an indifferent line out were the staples of the game from now on. New boy JUDD impressed well throughout and is a keeper! His mate J Sayers might also do well at the club, but I didn't speak to him much. Pressure on the Black Horse line allowed for Super to crash over and the score was 7-5 at halftime.
The second half was tight right to the last few minutes. St Albans spent ten minutes camped on the Black Horse line and were awarded penalty after penalty but as is usual in these circumstances "ballsed it up" and BH were able to clear their line. Black Horse made a break away and looked to be clear but a sprint and a great cover tackle by the backs snuffed it out. BRILLIANT. We were awarded a penalty in front of the posts right at the end and cometh the hour, cometh the man, BLOKE stepped up and without a tee, slotted 3 points. Somewhere Owen Farrell would be seen nodding sagely...
That should have sealed it, but some good ground work saw the ball popped up to J Sayers and he crashed over right at the death. Bloke missed that kick though! Somewhere Owen Farrell would be seen nodding sagely...
The day should have been a trainwreck but ended in a good win for the Threes. EVERYONE played out of their skins and must take credit for their efforts. Cheers to Pete Crawford for rushing back from Olympic auditions in London to play the second half.
We won't have the AIDEN and the IRISH next week so PLEASE make every effort to bring down new players to the club.
Ryan Mick(c) Harry T Judd Melty J Sayers Bob P Bloke Bill Neil G Rusty Aiden Pete C

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