Cents were given a useful workout by new visitors to the Stade de Bridge, Earlsdon RFC.Earlsdon hail from Coventry and play in a league lower than Cents in the Midlands Division.
Earlsdon had most of the territory and possession in the first half but generally both sides defences were on top.Cents showed a more clinical edge in attack scoring two well taken tries and missing a number of other scoring chances through bad decision making and handling errors.Cents had scored their two tries through Craig Ballinger plus Sol Farrer and the score at half time was 10-0 to Cents as both tries went unconverted.
In the second half Cents changed 13 players in order to give everybody who turned up a run out although a proper First team did not play together in the match.The second half was a bit more open with Cents seeing more possession and territory.Cents ran in a further three second half tries through Tim Willcox,George Bromage and Craig Holder.Two of the tries were converted by a Sol Farrer and Craig Holder, Earlsdon scored a converted try and a further try to give a final score line of 29-12 to the home side.
Cents had 12 players not available for the match,seven backs and five forwards and these players will be in contention for first team places when selection is made for the Wotton Bassett match.This was a useful run out as Cents had a good look at all their new summer signings and they all played their part in an entertaining match played in the right spirit by both sides.
Earlsdon played their part in this match as they always looked like Cents to run the ball from any where on the pitch,plus they were played their part in the games played after the match.Cents hope they have a good season and we hope to play them again some time.
Cents next match is this Saturday at home to Widden Old Boys and the home side will be using their squad as a fair number of players are not available for the match,the match kicks off at 1.30pm.