The Bandaged Brothers theme continued on Saturday afternoon. Thankfully no ambulances or helicopters were required, although we did miss the drugs. The injuries showed the depth of quality players in the social sides. A strong Biggleswade side kept up a good standard of play through the whole 80 minutes. The Shelford and Biggleswade packs contested ferociously through the whole game. Beauty and the Beast were major factors in Shelford winning the forward battle. The beast is obviously Clem, who recently seems to look like Lemmy from Motorhead and was even seen to perform a side step. Tom Berry (rumoured to be the next James Bond) provided the beauty, with half a dozen smooth snaking line breaks, the backs would have been proud of.
Once the Shelford pack had moved the ball wide, all the backs were able to make consistent line breaks. Indeed one-speed machine, John Curtis had to be refuelled before he could return to the field like a bumblebee being saved with a blob of jam. The quality of our training is starting to show results as the game repeatedly flowed, through multiple phase play.
A final note for Sir Les (aged 68), who held up the scrum for the final twenty minutes. During this time there were more scrums than the other 60 minutes. Were the rugby gods playing cruel tricks on Sir Les? Will he play until 71? Which was the final number of points Shelford put on the board. Final score Shelford 71 Biggleswade 7
Write up courtesy of Shelford's very own social rugby correspondent Stephen Collinson.