Hoorrah, a game of rugby, and what a game of rugby !!!
After what seems an eternity since our last game, we returned to league fixtures with an away match against Redingensians. Although it is always difficult to pick up the momentum after such a long layoff, it did give us the opportunity to get some of our injured players back to full fitness. We therefore started the game with the luxury of some substitutes.
The conditions were almost perfect. The pitch was a credit to the ground staff and apart from a low sun, we couldn’t have asked for better.
The first half was played at a fast and furious pace with both sides testing each other. The Reading defence put in some monster tackles and kept the fast, Ensian backs at bay. However, a couple of quick, well executed moves saw us 10 points to nil down at half time.
I would like to say that it was due to the half time team talk from the coaching team but it was really nothing to do with that !! It was all down to the grit, determination, ferocious tackling and moments of individual brilliance that made a huge difference. We were able to rotate players to give them breathers from time to time, especially as in the second half we were up hill and into the wind and sun.
This was a team performance out of the top drawer. Soon after the second half started, Eli powered his way over to score under the posts. Sam made no mistake with his conversation. This score so early in the second half gave us confidence that we could win this game and after some great work from the pack, the ball was fed to Sam who delayed his pass to allow Vig to come onto at it such speed, nobody was going to catch him. Vig must now rank as one of the best centres in the County. A difficult conversion into sun and wind was completed by Sam and we found ourselves 4 points to the good.
The Reading boys then dug in with an absolutely awesome defensive performance. Everybody pulled together as one and although a further try from Will saw a try in response from Ensians, we battled on. There were so many displays of text book tackling, I could wax lyrical for hours.
The last 5 minutes took at least 20 minutes but with the pack now in control, apart from a couple of last minute scares we were able to see the game out.
This was a great Reading performance that was enjoyed by everybody watching. I am even more convinced it is easier to play than watch !!!