With fantastic conditions, a big crowd and home momentum on their side Ts were looking forward to welcoming Old Emmanuel to Parkfields for the first time, the earlier game in the season saw Ts lose with a very makeshift side.
The team on the day;
Pack; Joey, Ricky & Fyles at front row, Deakin & Knight at Locks with Jasper, Chris & Captain Mo completing the back row.
Backs; Biff & Mike partner at halfbacks with Jash & JH in the centres, completed by Wilde, Goddard & Fozzy the back 3.
Replacements; Penson, Haskell & Scholesy
OEs got the game underway and initial few minutes Ts found themselves having to defend a lot and clear their lines, a great run from Wilde & Clearing from Fozzy but the opening minutes were dominated by OE. A lost lineout 5 metres from their own line meant OE had a great attacking platform, they used their pack to continually rumble forward with the pick and go game but Ts were shutting them down well, until their prop in the ref’s eyes dotted the ball down and they opened up the game with a 7-0 lead. Ts however responded quickly, from the strong defence Ts were awarded a penalty in which Fozzy was able to put on the oppo 22.
The rolling maul then proved a reckless tool to the OE defence and with the penalty advantage coming Ts way Biff and Mike decided to go wide through the hands only to get to Wilde to get over for his first score, Fozzy not able to add the extras, but 7-5 the score. However, Ts unable to reclaim the kick off meant OEs had the field position and the attacking advantage, until they used a well-run inside line and ended up under the sticks, OEs increased their lead 14-5 with only 12 minutes gone on the clock. Good pressure from the kick off and then a terrible box kick from OE saw Ricky regain possession and make a dart for the line only to be ripped by the 12 metres short.
OEs showing the well drilled side they are and able to then exit from their own 5 metre making it all the way down to the Ts 22 through a well-capitalised numbers of Ts mistakes. Another Ts pen and Ts make their way downfield through Fozzys boot, but only for another unsuccessful lineout and Ts go marching back once again. Fozzy again pins OEs back with the boot, but after some phases from Ts another mistake means OEs are able to clear their lines once more.
Ts have to be patient the next number of phases, getting slower ball and not much go forward, it took a few jinks from Fozzy and some quick offloads to get the ball wide, JH makes a break down wing, makes it into the 22 and Deakin gets the offload up to the 5 metre line, one more phase from the support and Jash was able to squeeze his way over in the corner, fozzy unable to make the extras, 14-10. But it wasn’t long from the kick off that OE were able to come back, Ricky had taken a knock and was down with a number of people tied up in a messy ruck OE used their numbers well and managed to get one more score out wide before the break 19-10. The remaining 6/7 minutes of the half were spent on Ts line defending as OE through hammer & tong at them but Ts were able to stay firm and keep the opposition at bay.
Ts begun the half the better of the 2 sides, being parked in the opposition 22 for a while and a number of penalties coming their way, a yellow to OE and Fozzy decreased the gap to 19-13 after a wise decision was made by skipper Mo. But a fast paced game and some scrappy rugby from Ts meant OEs were the team dominating the style of play, a few missed tackles meant that OE were able another score just wide of the posts making it 26-13 with just under 30 on the clock. Haskell was now on the field for Mo, Ts use the rolling maul once more and going wide from the possession only to be rewarded a penalty, the corner was opted for but the lineout not straight and Ts give away great field position.
From that OE are able to make their way down the field to the Ts 5 metre in just a couple of phases, proving how scrappy Ts were playing at this stage, also credit to OE who were making everything of their opportunities. Ricky being his regular nuisance brought Ts out the danger zone, until Knighty who was having a storming match made a break that brought Ts up to the half way, quick ball generated and an opportunity out wide it was Ts inaccuracies that let them down once again, as a pass was deemed forward in the ref’s eyes. From this again a well worked OE set piece move meant they took the ball up to the 5 metre and were awarded the penalty which they opted to take the extras, but only to miss. A fantastic nudge but not a fantastic kick chase meant OE found a gap and again exploited it, form the scum the wide option was on and they got in for another score in the corner making it 31-13.
Penson & Scholesy were now on the field, but Ts were being continually pinned back but OEs kicking game, but a loose pass picked up by who exploited the prop on the wing found Wilde who took the ball to the half way where he nudged through to be taken out off the ball, nothing came of the advantage but there was a pen & yellow awarded at from the incident. But, once again Ts were not able to utilise the opportunity losing the scrum on their 5 metre line. Ts lineout, JH makes the break through to offload to Haskell who gained another few metres but Ricky lost possession short of the line again.
OEs defence standing firm on their line, as Ts barraged them with waves of attack but they couldn’t seem to break it down, Fozzy went wide and Wilde went steaming down the touch line, a clear 2 on 1 with JH on the inside, but greedy Wilde wanted to beat the last man, but he did it so can’t fault him, Fozzy couldn’t add the extras from out wide. However as Ts went hunting for the bonus point score, an interception was made and OE ended the game 38-18.
The day at the club marked something special for one of the star men for many years, Richard Moses has been a member of Twickenham for over 31 years, he’s been a loyal servant to the club and holds the record number of caps for the first XV which amounted to a whopping 250 on the weekend. We congratulate you and thank you for your year’s service at the club, we also say by to a long term member Ian Leggit as he is moving away, volunteering numerous hours of his own time and taking control of the physio’s for the club the past years, good luck with your new venture.
MOTM; he had some grit between his teeth and the opposition new about it Mo was phenomenal on his day but Knighty also deserving a shoutout.
DOTD; being stripped 5 metres out and losing the ball with a try scoring opportunity it was Ricky
A week off this week before the boys take on top of the league KCS at Parkfields.
Many thanks for the read.
Updated 17:11 - 20 Feb 2019 by john henry smith
Until next time