For the second week in a row, HSBC’s league opposition cried off, following the fixture sec’s email blast, Warlingham offered a game at their place. A quick check at the map showed it wasn’t too far, and a game was game at the end of the day.
HSBC assembled with 15 men, a mixture of youth and experience. Following some late availability, there was some changes to the team sheet, and a couple of guys played out of position.
After a short warm up, bank were ready for kick off. The opening 5-10 minutes were a close affair, with tackles being made and a few handling errors due to damp slippery conditions. However, it quickly became apparent, that if the forwards set good ball, the backs would be able to capitalize and make good runs. There were tries run in from around the park by the backs, Ned crossing the try line, Dicko managing 4 in total, Anthony diving over for a score and a brace from Andrew Calero, there was also an amazing 80 meter run by Calero, dodging past 4 or so defenders, but was however tackled 1 meter from the line.
The forwards, not wanting to be outdone got a couple of tries, first was a debut try for Matt Lee, and this was followed by Batch’s debut try, a parting of the sea moment, picking the ball up from the middle of the scrum and running through their pack 20 meters to score under the posts.
The bank played the majority of the second half with 14 men following Tasty pulling his hamstring. This however did not cause any problems.
In the second half, Warlingham did score a couple of tries, first was by sending one of their big lads in 5 meters out from a penalty, and, having a low body position was practically unstoppable, the second was a total switch off from bank, who, after a crazy cross field kick from their 10 to the winger resulted in them scoring.
In total 10 tries were scored with 6 conversions.
Overall, a positive game, giving valuable game experience to everyone and a platform to work on everything that is being done in training. Thank you to everyone who came down and played, it is building into a positive season for the A XV and with so much competition for places across the club, there is no end to the possibilities.
There was some drink awards made post game for Debut tries for the club: Matt Lee, Anthony Rumford and for a Hat Trick to John Dixon. Man of the Match drink to John Dixon.