A close run thing
The harder you have to work to win the more it means
A bright but cold morning saw a flu ravaged Watford U16's make the short trip across town to Fullers. With the two clubs sitting second and third in the league all signs pointed to a close game.
With Watford down to 14 and Fullers at the bare 15 the game would start 14 a side. My suggestion that we should drop the 8 was politely dismissed by fullers who wanted a full scrum and only two backs.
As soon as the game started it became clear why they wanted the extra space in the back line. The excellent Fullers #10 kicking superbly into the gaps for their winger and full back to run on to. It came as no surprise when one of these kick led to the first score 5-0 to fullers. The second try soon followed. A penalty for not releasing was kicked to touch and from the resulting lineout the home team executed a superb driving mual to make it 10-0.
With Fullers on top Watford started to try and force the game looking for passes that weren't on or ignoring the simple option and trying to win the game on their own. This cost us when a long pass went to ground and was scooped up by the ten whose speculative kick down the middle took a hideous bounce before being kicked through for a third score 17-0. Things where looking bad for Watford when against the run of play Charlie broke free having beaten the Fullers defense he was clear only to be tripped up by a worm(despite the complaints of the Watford fans the worm was not sent off and was free to go back to tunneling and tripping up unsuspecting wingers).
Depending on who you talk to what followed was down to one of two things. Mr Face will tell you that his arrival and mere presence on the side line was solely responsible for the turn around in Watford's fortunes or option b is that the lads listened to the half time team talk. Either way we were a different team in the second half, with the pack starting to dominate the scrum and good counter rucking cutting off the ball supply to there ten things didn't look so bad. They looked even better when some great rucking saw Henry come away with the ball after desperately looking for some one to give it to he realized that he had no choice but to run the 30 metres himself to score. 17-5.
Before long more good rucking earnt another turn over, this time it was Jack who found himself with the ball and only the fullback to beat which he did to score under the sticks. 17-12 with 6 minutes to play.
Sadly an injury to the fullers prop meant that the scrums. So after the ball we deemed to have been held up Watford had the put in for a scrum on the five metre line(some quick thinking by one of the Watford coaches resulted in Charlie dropping from prop to 8) from the resulting pick and go the score was level 17-17 leaving Joe a tough conversion attempt from the wing to win the game. On his weak side and having start his run up down a huge slope he slotted it. 17-19.
With the ref calling last play Watford tried hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by twice failing to get the ball in to touch legally before finally managing it on the third attempt to win.