2s secure draw away to Bromley
Match report from Ratty
The mighty 2s travelled to Bromley on a perfect day for rugby. The atmosphere in the changing room was a jovial one and unfortunately this carried on into the warm up with King’s appearing as on the ball as a dead seal.
Despite this King’s started well with the team heeding Captain Rob’s advice not to give away needlessly penalties. However it was Bromley that had most of the possession with King’s defence holding firm.
The deadlock was eventually broken by Bromley with one of their backs who, holding 6st weight advantage over Dennis Isaacs, duly went over him. This was converted. 7-0
Poor defending from King’s allowed Bromley to score again quickly and it looked like they were in for a long day. 12-0
King’s forwards stepped up with strong running from the base of the ruck from Will Barraclough and particularly Felix whose performance should keep the 1st team second rows on their toes. King’s were starting to grow into the game, some quick ball and good play by Seal released the backs for the first time who were just short of the line. Cynical play from Bromley led to a yellow card.
A series of quickly taken penalties allowed Sloth to go over. Ric duly converted and the score was 12-7 at half time.
The second half for Kings started well with strong running from the forwards again. King’s could not make the extra man tell though and it was Bromley who scored first taking advantage of some sloppy to defence to score from a quick tap penalty. 19-7
King’s were not done though and it was that man Felix who scored almost immediately from kick off, picking up from close range and powering over to keep King’s in it. 19-14
What happened next pains the writer to state. With King’s finally getting good ball off the scrum and line out a number of pretty simple moves were called to allow Ratty to use his ‘pace’ to beat the opposite number. Alas Ratty had other ideas and proceeded to produce a horror show in catching despite the Bromley backline yawning open every single time. Seal could do nothing but laugh and proclaim ‘wait until I tell Gok’. Jordan on the right wing was not a happy bunny.
King’s conceded again and following good work from Bromley’s Shane Williams-esque half back and it looked like it was not going to be King’s day thanks in no small part to a certain makeshift centre. 24-14.
Step up that man Felix again who shortly after the restart powered over from close range once more. 24-19.
Sensing the chance for victory Kings battled on with Captain Rob marshalling the forward well. Quick ball ensued which allowed a grateful Ratty to actually catch and put a pass to Jordan who still had a lot to do finishing superbly in the corner. Ric unfortunately missed a difficult kick. 24-24
King’s pushed for victory but there was not enough time and the game ended all square.
Jack McAvoy –Scum held its own but some unusually wayward throwing. 6.5
Dave Ball –Got around the park and was an option of the basis of the ruck. 6.5
Chris Winton – See above. 6.5
Felix – MOTM – excellent in attack and defence. A first team player in the making 8.5
Sloth – Good ball carrying and strong in defence unfortunately went off injured with 15 mins to go. 7
Josh – Solid. 6
Xav – Quite possibly the laziest performance from a 7 that has ever been witnessed. Was walking with the props after 10 minutes. 2.5
Will B – Contender for MOTM and made up for what Xav didn’t offer. 7.5
Rob – Did well from the base of the ruck and made yards when darting round the edges. 6.5
Seal – Not too much clean ball to play with but kicked well. 6.5
Ric – Solid in defence and always looking for the ball. One great kick. 6.5
Ratty – DOTD. Made a number of turnovers in the first half however ultimately cost the team victory with his insipid performance in attack. -1
Jordan – had little ball thanks to Ratty but finished superbly for his try. 6.5
Dennis – Injured early on. Replaced by Jamie
Harry – Good returning kicking from the back and marshalled the inexperienced Jamie well. 6.5
Jamie – still learning the game but was eager and made some solid tackles. 6
Dieter – Not enough time to make an impact