Broad Plain II RFC v Wotton RFC, Saturday 06 October 2018
From touchline reporter I. Spy
On Saturday 06 October 2018 Wotton RFC made the journey to Broad Plain RFC for what turned out to be a tough encounter.
It proved too tough an assignment for James 'Bond' Needs who got stuck in traffic on the way to the ground. Fortunately, he turned up just in time to watch the kick-off.
Broad Plain came out of the blocks quickly and had Wotton under pressure from the off. Sterling defence from the Wotton team, and in particular, Huw 'Number Six' Edwards managed to repel the repeated attacks. But eventually Wotton's defensive stand was breached and Broad Plain crossed the line for the game's opening try which went unconverted in the blustery conditions. 5-0 to Broad Plain.
The Wotton pack, a powerful force these days with front row Sam 'Steed' Chappell, Dan 'Gambit' Isaac and Jon 'Purdey' Muckle (definitely no beauty) leading the way, with hard work in the engine room from Tristan 'Bullwinkle J. Moose' Willis and Chris 'Rocky' Brown (playing his first ever game of rugby) dominated the scrums and line-outs. And slowly Wotton began to turn the tide against the determined Broad Plain XV. A strong tackle from Edwards allowed Chappell to rip the ball from the Broad Plain player and offload to Tom 'Derek Flint' Barton who evaded the tacklers to live up to his nickname and get in like Flint for Wotton's first try. 5-5.
Wotton's back row of Matty 'Q' Barton, Edwards and the steadying influence of Justin 'M' Barton were able to keep the pressure on Broad Plain and driving runs from Brown, C., Muckle and Willis got Wotton close to the try line, a deft pick up and drive by Chappell enabled the Wotton skipper to crash over for a good team try. 5-10 to Wotton.
The Wotton backs did an excellent job of stifling their dangerous looking opponents with stout defence and good tackling from Dan 'Smiley' Hart at fly-half, Tom 'Jason Bourne' Gibbs at inside centre and Alex 'Agent 13' at outside centre. Eventually possession was regained by Wotton and they unleashed Barton, J. who opened his legs and showed his class in outsprinting the entire Broad Plain team with a 90 metre dash for the line to score his first try for Wotton in many years. At least that's how he saw it (good to know that Ollie 'Johnny English/Irish/Swedish/Latvian/Vietnamese/Australian/Fijian/etc...delete as appropriate) Boyle has been rubbing off on Barton, J. for the reality was somewhat different. What actually happened was Wotton's behemoth number 8 got hold of the ball 5 metres from the opposition line and with only one man to beat, thundered over despite the valiant attempts of the opposition scrum half to get out of his way. 5-15 Wotton at half time.
Broad Plain started the second half strongly, with their backs making ground into Wotton territory, and some good pick and drives by their forwards saw them score a try to bring the scoreboard too close for Wotton's comfort...10-15 Wotton.
Wotton then showed great resolve and spirit to absorb the pressure and start to get the ball out wide to Nathan 'Maxwell 'Max' Smart' Brown, Mark 'Callan' Easton and Jake 'Cody Banks' Gibson - who proved to be very elusive with his electrifying pace and mazy running. The backs were able to set up Brown, C. to cross over unopposed, untouched and seemingly unfazed as he nonchalantly carried the ball one handed and dotted it down behind the posts for his first ever try. The try was converted by Hart. 10-22 Wotton.
With a bit of a cushion, Wotton rang the changes and brought on Alex 'Agent 99' and Steve 'Secret Squirrel' Black in the backs and Matthew 'Morrocan Mole' Chappell in the pack. The game continued to be hard fought to the bitter end, but Wotton's all round dominance, teamwork and spirit saw them close out the game for a well-deserved but hard earned victory against a good, hard, well-drilled Broad Plain side - that's Wotton's third league win in three league games and sees them flying high with Avonmouth RFC. Credit to both teams for their commitment to the cause. And thanks go the referee who did an excellent job.
Thanks also go to Jess 'Nikita' Schroder who looked after some little Bartons on the sideline, as well as Peter White and Indy Blair for their support from the sidelines. Chairman Dai 'X' Lloyd provided his trademark support from the sidelines too. As did injured and 'retired' players Dan 'Napoleon Solo' Page and Gareth 'Mr. Davies' Davies (some say that Mr. Rugby is just planning a triumphant return, developing his formidable rugby skills in his underground rugby bunker, only accessible through the various fishing lakes of the nation).
Wotton RFC have a rest weekend this coming weekend, and their next game is at home to St. Brendan's OB on Saturday 20 October. Kick-off at 3 p.m. where they will hope to welcome back to the ranks, stalwarts such as ex-Russian international Gary 'Illya Kuryakin' Alexanderov, James 'Harry Palmer' Weeks, Chris 'Big Boss' Stokes, the athletic Tom 'Cobra Bubbles' Horton and Jordan 'Desmond Simkins (codename Red Admiral)' Goodchild as well as the newer recruits.
Training continues Thursday evenings at KLB School at 6:45pm. New players of all abilities are always welcome and can contact Chairman Dai Lloyd for more information at email@example.com
Final score: Broad Plain RFC 10 - 22 Wotton RFC
Man of the Match: Chris Brown and Huw Edwards who both had magnificent games and who both deserve the recognition, and an honourable mention for club captain Sam Chappell who had a particularly good game.