Whitehall opened their Glos Prem campaign against last season runners up Drybrook RFC.
On a very hot day with fantastic support from the Sponsors Day crowd, Whitehall kicked off with the slight breeze at their backs.
Whitehall had 2 debutants in centre Tom Price and second row Rich Court, and the long awaited return of player coach Craig Trump, whilst welcoming back Luke Colton, Mike Ficuciello and Fatheur Rahman from long term injury and unavailability.
Whitehall soon gained dominance in the scrum, in what was a scrappy opening which the defences dominated.
Whitehall looked more threatening in open play, and it was from a good run from Fatheur Rahman that skipper Dean Weaver finished in style to touch down in the corner. The dependable Chris Channon added the extras.
Whitehall were now starting to take control op possession and field position, but against the run of play after pressure on the Drybrook scrum the ball went loose for the lively Drybrook scrum half to pick up and make a fine break, before passing to supporting players for a good try which was converted.
Whitehalls second try came from dominance in the scrum, after 3 five meter scrums which were illegally disrupted by Drybrrok, the ref had no option but to award a penalty try. Converted by Channon.
Whitehalls third try cam after quick ball came to young winger Jake Saunders who finished in the corner. Conversion missed
Half Time Whitehall 19-7 Drybrook
The second half was dominated by Drybrook possession, but little threat as Whitehalls defence looked solid.
Whitehall were held in their half for 20mins but the solid defence made Drybrook go for long range penalty attempts, none of which were close. Drybrook did manage to score out wide through broken play with 15mins to go. Conversion missed.
Drybrook continued to press, but with good aggressive defence a ball was spilt by Drybrook turned over and fed to Tom Price, who sprinted 3/4 of the pitch with many tired defenders bouncing off him to score the bonus point winning try.
Whitehall then controlled the final 10 to gain a hard worked team victory.
There is allot of room for improvement, but if we can win when playing at 70% we can look forward to a good season.
Everyone played their part especially in defence. Great effort by the forwards especially Vice Captain Ryan England who played through the pain barrier with bruised ribs from Thursday.
Many thanks to all of Whitehall RFCs sponsors, and we hope you enjoyed an entertaining day.