Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:20


As seems to be the fashion, we'll pretend that first XV mishaps are removed from history.
However, the boys in the dev.team faced a strong and experienced Spartans second XV, the sort of fixture that tends to fill you with apprehension.  My mathematics indicate that if you removed Chicken, Goose, (sounds like old McDonald's farm) and Steve Cunningham from the squad, then the average age of those remaining would be around the 19 mark.  Well, we watched with fascination as our lightweights and our heavyweights tackled effectively, controlled the breakdowns, attacked with speed and supported impressively.
Tries came from Nathan, Shannon jnr. Chicken, Luke H. and Ben x2 and he also kicked some conversions.  Lads, well done to all of you.


Starting with the under16s, it was good to see Jake making his comeback, but get into the back-row asap, it's where you are at your best.  Anyway, on a hard pitch ( I blame the weather not Brian ) we entertained a solid Five Ways team and it was great to watch a game that was neck and neck for the entire game. Half -time was reached with no score, not due to lack of attacking ability but as a result of strong defending by both sides.  The visitors won in the end by two points with both teams scoring one try each but one conversion made the difference.  A big thank-you to Mr T. Power who excelled yet again as referee. Jack, your dad, George, is correct, you can play as full-back, some superb catches from up and unders.

Our apologies to the under7, 8, and 9s.  Your opponents cancelled the games because, they had too many players.  That's a new one!


First XV      v    Wolverhampton  Cup   Home
Dev  XV      v    Willenhall                     Away
Vandals       v     Willenhall                     Home

Under 7,8,9,11   v   Edwardians           Home
Under16             v   Edwardiaans         Away

It won't be England or Ireland ( She who wears her green shirt was stunned into silence) so with Dan Carter out, I had a dream (about rugby) that the two finalists were Australia and Wales and next week I'll tell you who will win it.

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