The match was again split into three 20 minute periods to enable a variety of combinations to be looked at.
The first period kicked off with Bicester playing up the hill. Two well matched sides trading possession and each defence not allowing anyone through. First up tackles were solid and neither side could make the ground that they wanted to. Both sides were playing at high intensity and a feast of good rugby was on show. WB made some progress and were able to recycle the ball and go blind to score in the corner 0 – 5. Bicester came back and continued with their game plan and again only being stopped by some good defence.
In the second period it was WB who began the better being faster to the breakdown to get their hands on the ball in the rucks gaining some good turnover balls. From one on these they broke forward and the ball seemed to go forward in the tackle but play continued and WB regained the ball to go over 0 – 10. Bicester were now being stretched and the pace of the game was telling and WB found an overlap to score out wide 0 – 15. Bicester didn’t give up and fought back putting in the hard yards and looking to stretch the WB defence. From a penalty Bicester decided to run but got isolated and WB turned the ball over but again appeared to lose the ball forward before picking up and driving over close to the posts 0 – 22.
The third period started with Bicester upping the pace and started driving at WB who stood firm not allowing Bicester to break through. Now it was Bicesters backs turn to show what they could do and from near their own 22 made a couple of breaks which only last minute cover defence stopped them from going the whole way. It was back and forth with both defences being strong until Bicester were unlucky and WB found space on the wing to go round the defence for the only score of the period 0 – 27.
The final score was not a true reflection on the game but credit to Wootton Bassett who won the battle at the breakdown and were structured in defence. Many good things from Bicesters point of view and there are only small adjustments needed for us to turn the scores around in future games.
Thanks to Chris for stepping in to ref at the last minute and to Sam and her team in the kitchen.
Well done to the whole squad and George and Finn on their club debuts and especially Finn for his first ever game of rugby. Squad of Oscar, Adam, Ed, Finn, Garin, Harrison, Alan, Tom, George, Ashley, Dan B, Mark, Cameron, Christian, Ieuan, Archie, Dan W, Rhys, Louis, Ethan, James.