Training steps up to a new level at Vandals...

Training steps up to a new level at Vandals...

By Keith Crabb
12 October
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'Match' play returns -bit by bit ....!


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Still observing rules of Social distancing a band of loyal Vandals supporters lined the touchline to witness an absorbing game of rugby touch. 40 plus club players were split into two teams/squads with rotation allowing equal playing time. The teams were laboured Blacks and Whites and were captain by Anthony Tyrrell and Joe Spencer, managed by David Hoade, Nigel Taylor with head coach Damian Porter observing proceedings from the sidelines. The game was played in 4 x 20 minute periods giving managers and captains a chance to analyse their teams performance and give advice for the following period..
After vigorous warm up by both squads with each manager and captain doing their best to give their players a psychological advantage, it was a Blacks who fired all the early shots, with prop Josh Thomas demonstrating his power with some barnstorming runs, and full back Callum Mitchell keeping his side on the front foot with an eye for the opening and his explosive running. After turning round at the end of the first period Blacks led by two tries, and Mitchell quickly added a third at the start of the second period. Whites were now hard pressed to stem the flow of attacks and it took a third try against them before they could register any response, prop Craig Decoteau crashing over for the try. Blacks were first out of the blocks in the third period but could not add to their 20 point tally and Whites rallied to score a second try through Greg Lynch after a fine break by Spencer. It was all White now and centre Lloyd Pullen burst through to set up full back George Bolster for his team's third try
Blacks briefly got back on the attack but losing possession gave Whites the chance to level the scores which they did just before the final whistle to confirm a fine come back.
Both teams displayed fine levels of skill and fitness. To have so many players vying for a first team place competition could not be tougher, and it will be no easy task for Vandals coaches Damien Porter, David Hoade, and Nigel Taylor when the time comes for selection, although an enviable position to be in with so much talent to choose from.
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