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3rd XV The Beavers - Match centre

Bramley Phoenix RFC
Old Brodleians RUFC
Sat 8 Mar 15:00 - Friendly Full time

Beavers left with only themselves to blame...


An unbelievable kick by 'Greedy Guts' Andy Mears (and when i say unbelievable, i mean shocking) lost us about 60 yards.

First and foremost - thanks to David Chadwick for refereeing the game (he's a bit full of himself ain't he), and also Bob Dare for the match report.


There were a few missing notably Steppy, who brought a letter in from his wife disallowing him a players permit for the day.

However, on a nice March Saturday afternoon, we started the match with a kick to us, and some immediate hard forward runs put us up to about 10 yards shy of their line. An ever so slightly errant (some would say tardy) pass was intercepted by a Bramley Phoenix player and Freddie Holt (Freddie 'not so flying' Holt) took chase up on the pensioner, but alas couldn't catch him. 5 points to them - i think they converted.

An unbelievable kick by 'Greedy Guts' Andy Mears (and when i say unbelievable, i mean shocking) lost us about 60 yards. We sneaked a try back after some good forward moves culminating in a Greedy Guts try - converted by 'new boy' father Ted.

At some point we lost Dean Wilson - as he had tweaked his knee earlier, whilst tieing up his bootlaces. Father Ted opted for a cameo as John Merrick and had to take his forehead swelling off in a wheelbarrow, and so a lot of swapping about ensued. Freddie at scrum half, Ricky Brady at stand off, Keiron Loach covering at full back.

The home side were sporting a good set of strong running backs and due to a lack of concentration on our part, we let them in for another.

After a 'proper' telling off from the captain CJ, we got our act together and CJ himself (by way of setting an example), fell on a ball from 1/2 yard out to get us back in the game.

They scored again at some point - i think it was Freddies fault (JOKING)

There were some good drives again by the forwards in particular bob dare, 'big' Al Souter, Ben Smith & CJ, a absolutely magnificent try saving tackle by Nick Murgatroyd, and some good defensive work by the backs. Ricky had a few good runs, and Greedy Guts Mears was always in the action. This hard earned yardage sent 'Brittle Bones' Ben smith over for a try.

(I would have included Lorenzo in that big-up to the forwards, but he wouldn't let me play tight head)

With the last play beckoning and the score at 21-17, we were 5 yards out, scrummage down, our put in. The scrum wheeled, the ref gave them the ball and blew the final whistle. a disappointing loss. We only had ourselves to blame. If we had played as well in the first half as we did in the second half. we would have trounced the opposition.

Beaver of the week - this was awarded to Richard, who managed to get a booking from the touchline for dissent. To be fair tho' Freddie (i cant catch a high ball over my shoulder) Holt and Andy (shocking kicker 'greedy guts') Mears were both in the running, and in my opinion got off lightly on the day.

Man of the Match - i was going to award it to myself, but as Steve McAvan has pointed out that i spend far too much time 'tossing it off' on the wing, i changed my mind so it will go to Ben (drink more milk) Smith - at least he won't get it again for a few weeks!

Last, but not least - 2 Beaver shirts were awarded for 10 games, both ex Halifax Vandals players and both, well and truly bald! Ricky Brady - a stalwart of the centre and Bob Dare - plays loose head, because nobody else wants to!

Hasta Luego Castores!

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