Worcester (u12) vs Stourbridge (u12) 2nds
Scintillating rugby as the 2nds lock horns
On this wondrous morning of rugby next on the bill was a thrilling match of sides built around those new to the game, a mixture of clean shaven youngsters and grizzled veterans, some approaching a century of caps for the Woo. And whilst the new lads got a chance to get there hands on the ball it was a chance for the old guard to shine, and brightly they did just that, providing further headaches for future team selection for RaD (Rob and Dan).
Within seconds of the whistle tooty tooting to signal the start of the match the Antmeister had his hands on the ball, broke tackles on the wing, and bumped over for try numero one. O. Fin licked his lips, wiping snot and drool on his sleeve, turning to wink at his Papa who'd missed it chatting. Then, from solid ball at the breakdown Wrighty snapped one out to the Street, who showed, goed, slowed and Frodo'd past the Bridge before dotting down for the second.
The Stour grabbed one back, then Ollie fancied a bash, picking the ball up in midfield and outrunning and outgunning several defenders to score a great solo effort. Ollie didn't stop there, joining forces with Ant Man and Wrighty to serve up a nice cup of haveit to their opponents. You want a twist of lemon with that? Lachlan ran straight with tidy acceleration and desire to break the gainline, and Rob proved as elusive as always on the ball, fashioning half a chance on the wing to dip in only for the try to be ruled out with a foot in touch, and then, alas, Stourbridge broke to score a second just before half time.
Five minutes in it looked as through only the Woo would be victorious, but at 3-2 it Stourbridge unbelievably had kept a sliver of toenail in the door, maybe a pinch of dry skin as well. The Street was running the show at 10, but choosing to pick and go ran down a blind alley and the Bridge slammed the door shut with a heavy hit for the second time of the morning. He's gonna feel that a'morra I tells ye. Ollie made good yards again but didn't quite have the legs, and as the Worcester lads started to run out of steam the Bridportonians made hay, and ran in three tries in succession.
Again The Roadster led by example, and after going through the phases a sharp pass from Henry opened half a gap and The Street broke through for his second. Big Dan got his hands on the ball, and gently pressed the gas for a smooth acceleration, read the road conditions, slowed with plenty of time, took a gentle bump and performed a perfect 3 point turn to pass his driving test, the ball presented back with perfection and grace, but the platform provided could not be utilised for further gain, and with legs tiring the StoBros pinched the egg and bagged a sixth, just before a very handsome referee blew for full time.
Kudos to Charlie Stringer and Ben for making debuts against a tough Stourbridge team and not taking a step back, and also to those still getting to grips with the speed of the game at U12s. The veterans, you know who you are, you stood by the rookies, shoulder to shoulder, and gave them the pleasure of a mornings rugby.
A thank you.