With the sun in the sky, a fair breeze and a whiff of port to be found around Turney Road, the weekend looked set for feast of running rugby. And who better to provide it than the KIPirS, rolling back into Dulwich like a pirate’s crew desperate for pillaging and refreshment?
The opposition for this game were Belsize Park, who on first contact, looked to be a little bit younger than the average KIngsman. But as every KIPir knows, youth and fitness is no substitute for experience, massive guts and a fondness for fortified wine.
The oppo even appeared to be warming up, which seemed a bit unsporting. The KIPirS decided to work out who was playing where, try a couple of dodgy line outs and then look for the port.
Sadly, this lack of planning set KIPirS back in the first half. While they dominated the early collisions, and particularly at scrum time. KIPirS let in three soft tries to give Belsize Park an early lead.
A few choice words from Captain Pegleg Piggers, and the KIPirS resorted to some old fashioned pick and go, alongside some more aggressive counter-rucking which neutralised the Park attack.
Following a half time breather, KIPirS looked to assert their physical superiority through the scrum and around the fringes. Annoyingly Park scored another quick try before KIPIrS managed to get some pressure going with Rob Trounce scoring off the back of a dominant scrum.
Things looked to be on the up for KIPirS with an interception try, scored by Freddie Mills who managed to run 65 metres to dot down. And then had to be revived by lashings of port.
Sadly, time and fitness started to catch up with KIPIrS as the port began to flow, with the Park boys running in a few late tries to pull away.
A great day’s rugby with special mention to the finishing front row of Byron, Portman and Groundhog with a combined age of 150 years… with a few other players who have notched up a half century including Blair and a brief cameo from Rich Beese this was proper vets rugby (as in, take them to the vets and put them down…).
There will be more KIPirS this year so stay tuned for updates on everyone’s favourite rugby team.