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St Mary's Old Boys (SW)
Whitehall 1st XV V St Marys OB RFC

Whitehall 1st XV V St Marys OB RFC

By wayne millard
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Whitehall dog out victory


This week’s visitors to Foundry lane were our old rivals St Marys OB RFC.
I don’t believe we have played each other at 1st team level in this millennium, as both clubs have managed to avoid each other through various promotions and relegations.
This Saturday could have been billed as a Pete and Pikey reunion, as the first teams clashed of their previous 2 clubs, and their new clubs 2nd XV were entertained by Whitehall Wanderers.
Indeed the St Marys coach Dave Healy has been following in their footsteps previously coaching at Clifton before taking over at St Marys via Weston.
Whitehall received the KO on what can only be described as a heavy pitch. Whitehall only had the 9 (nine) changes from last weeks side that played at Southmead. This included three 18 year olds in the starting line up, at Hooker Sean Sweet, scrum half Sam Millard, and Jake Hollis on the wing, not forgetting 19 year old Simon Henshall who was also on the bench.
Whitehall started the stronger in the early forward exchanges in difficult conditions. It was from a period of pressure that James Trent-Kerr picked a good line to break the Marys defence, a good tackle by their full back stopped what looked to be a good opportunity to score. It wasn’t long after that Whitehall were awarded a penalty that was converted by Sam Pearcey to go into the lead.
Whitehall 3-0 St Marys
St Marys then had their best period of the game for 20 mins, when they upped their tempo and were awarded a penalty to tie the scores.
Whitehall 3-3 St Marys
It wasn’t long after that St Marys had an overlap on the blindside, and despite a great attempt at a cover tackle by Sam Millard their winger squeezed in the corner.
Conversion missed
Whitehall 3-8 St Marys
Whitehall now had the slight slope and breeze in the second half, and looked to make it count.
The Whitehall pack was now dominant in scrum and lineout, taking scrums against the head and stealing several lineout’s. It only seemed a matter of time before a score would come. It came via a lovely break by fly half Percey, who had openside flanker James Trent-Kerr on his shoulder to finish off under the posts.
Conversion Pearcey
Whitehall 10-8 St Marys
St Marys were now tiring up front, but with the conditions worsening it was difficult to play an expansive game to stretch them. St Marys only managed to get into Whitehall’s half twice in the second half, on one of these occasions it was in injury time when they had an attempt at goal with the last play of the game. Strangly instead of giving the kick to replacement fullback and renowned big kicker Brooker, the fly half took the kick, and it fell well short.
Whitehall fully deserved their victory, in a low scoring game in poor conditions.
St Marys played with heart and commitment, but rarely threatened to create anything.
Whitehall’s pack was dominant, with everyone contributing.
The front row scrimmaged well, the second rows Paul Dempsey and Rich Court carried very well, and the combination of Trent, Trump and Haycock worked tirelessly in the loose.
Fly half Pearcey bossed the game well, and used the conditions to send powerfull centres Dane Weaver and Tom Price up the field, and spin the ball wide when he could.
With Lowden, Stoner, Fizzy, Colton, Lucas and Saunders available soon, and scrum half Will Whitehouse soon to return from Dubai, we will get stronger as a 1st XV and club, with serious competition for places.
Player count:- We have now used 40 players in the 1st XV through injury and unavailability.

Look out for the Evening Post report this Tues

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Match details

Match date

Sat 03, Nov 2012

Kickoff

14:15

Competition

Gloucester Premier