Sat 03
1st XV
Battersea Ironsides
J Smyth, C Pooley
1st v Battersea Ironsides 3rd February 2018

1st v Battersea Ironsides 3rd February 2018

By Peter Reid
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Just a losing bonus point on a mucky day

In miserable conditions and on a wet, slippery pitch, a classic game was not a prospect but the two tries in the first five minutes perhaps indicated otherwise. The first, at three minutes, came from a Trojans cross kick gathered by winger, Johnny Smyth, to score in the corner. Only two minutes later the Trojans defence was caught flat-footed and Battersea ran through the gaps to score and convert the try. The game then became much of a lottery with both sides putting some good attacks together but the slippery ball, and ground, dictated few actual scoring opportunities. The stalemate was finally broken just before half time when Trojans, having defended strongly for long periods, finally got into the Battersea half and gained a 5 metre line-out from which the ball was spun out to winger Charlie Pooley who sped to the line, giving Trojans a 10 – 7 half time lead.

The second half saw a game of attrition, with no players now recognisable, with Battersea mostly on top but the Trojans defence stood firm until it finally cracked-, with only five minutes to go, and Battersea used their forwards to get near the Trojans line to finally score and take the lead. Trojans then put in a tremendous effort and worried the Battersea line and gained a penalty just outside the twenty two and half-way towards the touch-line. Without a regular kicker on the pitch it was a big ask and the attempt just went wide and the referee blew for no-side leaving Trojans to be content with a losing bonus point.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 03, Feb 2018



Meet time



London 3 South West

League position

Battersea Ironsides