An archive of match reports from the 2009 section of the 2009/10 season.
Saturday 5th December 2009
Winning Days Again for the OCs
The 1st XV arrived at Thames Ditton on Saturday looking to halt a losing streak of the previous 3 league games. Hopes were high as we had decent availability and were facing opposition who were below us in the league, although we knew London Media’s capabilities, having had numerous close games with them over the last 3 seasons.
Playing up the hill in the 1st half the OC’s for once got off to a fast start despite prop Dennis turning up at 2.05pm!! From the off the forwards bullied their opposite numbers, with the set pieces and in particular the line-out dominated by the home side. It was from a line-out that the home side opened the scoring, a slick catch and drive from 10 yards outs saw Brown claim his first try of the season and a deserving 5- 0 lead. London Media bounced back with a couple of sweetly struck penalties to lead 6 -5 and we trailed by a point at half time.
It was fairly clear at half-time that everyone had plenty more to offer and that we needed to up the intensity and we did just that. The forwards significantly changed gears and Media couldn’t live with our rucking or intensity. The back row of Darcy, Colgate and Suri were dominating the game and meant that we were on the front foot. Gillen was also making a nuisance of himself and fully justified his decision not to drink on a Friday night for once! Rob Teare slotted an early penalty to put us back in the lead, following a Media forward being shown a yellow card for some reckless use of the boot. Muggers made the most of us having an extra man scoring a fine individual try using his football skills to fly hack it through and complete the touchdown. After that we then played some fine rugby dominating the opposition and allowing Rob Teare and Jumbo Jupp to boss events at 10 and 12. We were awarded a penalty try for consistent infringements and finally Darcy capped a fine individual display to score in the corner and increase our lead to 27-5. Media scored with the last play of the game, but by then the contest was over.
An excellent performance, especially from the forwards who as an 8 had their best day of the season, that platform allowed Rob Teare to have an accomplished first game at 10 and he managed control the game very well. Undoubtedly the best performances were from the men in the back row, Darcy’s 2nd half performance was outstanding and just edged out the veteran Mark Colgate to man-of-the-match. Haileyburians next week, always a good game if we perform with the same intensity; it should be a good game.
Saturday 24th October 2009
OC’s bounce back to winning ways
The 1st XV returned to winning ways with an outstanding win against Old Emanuel at Thames Ditton on Saturday. A side with an exciting blend of youth and experience included 3 of last year’s school leavers making their 1st team debuts and managed to defeat well-drilled opposition 29 -17.
After twenty minutes having conceded 2 tries with our defence struggling to contain a talented opposition backline, not many of the home supporters would have predicted a an OC win. However veteran forward Mark Colgate pleaded that we remained patient and for once we seemed to listen. Up front the forwards began to take control, with Simon Steer outstanding in the loose. Despite having to fill in at prop Baz still found the time to score our first try bundling over from a couple of yards in trademark style. As we began to gain the upper hand we scored a tremendous try from turnover ball that Finnigan made the most of with an excellent break which then went through a number of hands for us to score in the corner. At half time we were 17 -14 ahead and starting to believe that we could win the game.
The second half once again saw some excellent running rugby with Finnigan flourishing at 10 and the backs outside him in Langmead, Jupp, Hobart, Cary and Geoghegan all enjoying getting their hands on plenty of ball. We deservedly got the first score after the interval to stretch our lead to 24 -14 and although the opposition did slot a penalty to narrow the lead to 7 points, our defence always seemed fairly comfortable. Fred Stonell, who came on as a replacement made a huge impact tackling anything that moved and leading from the front. We sealed the win when Jupp intelligently used the short side to put Benson in space where he ran it in from 30 yards out to confirm the win.
A hugely positive Saturday for the 1st XV, Fred Hobart, Tom Cary and Fred Stonell all making excellent debuts and we look forward to having them around for a few weeks. Andy Bridges made a much appreciated return to firm up the front row, and as a team it was a superb performance. Now we need to keep it going. Next up we look to keep our Twickenham dreams alive with an away fixture at Saracens Amateur.
Men of the Match – OC 1st XV…