Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Sun, 15 Sep 2013 07:10


There have been quite a few examples over the years of Father and Son playing for the club in the same team.  Dixons, Painters to name a couple.  On Saturday we had Billy and Carl in the first team but the Hornets think they can better that.  The 'Toffs', Dane and Paul both played but to Chicken's delight, not only did Dave and Callum play in the same side, they also both scored tries.    Brilliant boys.

The land of the empty stadium.
Having connections with Coventry I thought I would drive over to the Wheats and look at two of the teams considered by many as strong promotion prospects. I wish that I had gone elsewhere to be honest. It's difficult to be certain why we lost but if we had played to only half our potential then I think the result might have been different.

Although we had the bigger pack, possesion from scrum and line out was not very clean or quick. We were not prepared to put our bodies on the line to secure loose ball on the floor and our tackling, in many cases was too high allowing the home team to unload and to break tackles. The referee seemed a little nervous and made a few decisions that left both teams wondering what they were for.

The Wheats seemed a little sharper in both thought and reaction, with only Tom Grocott looking dangerous for us.  We did miss some shots at goal and it would be easy to blame Jake for our defeat but in my opinion and that of most of our spectators, we got what we deserved. Nothing.

I believe that we can soon put things right with a little more fitness (mind and body) and a return tto the style we displayed for much of last season.

As for the Old Wheats, a mobile side who carried out the basics effectively, they deserved to win but I am sure that we will get our revenge when they come to Tilehouse Lane later in the season.


First XV   v    Old wheats   Lost  8-18
Development XV    v    Worcester Wanderers     Won  40-24
Vandals XV    v     Worcester Wanderers      Won   29-10
Hornets  XV    v   Old Halesonians      Won  24-19

A special mention for the Hornets. Behind at half-time 0-19, they fought back to win and there was a try on debut for Alex Miller who played in a back row unit with combined age of 51 years.  Roger, our star prop can beat that figure without any help.

Fixtures this Saturday 21st Sept. (note a change)

First XV     v    Upton-on-Severn   (away)   League
Development XV      v     Dudley K. (away) H&W League
Vandals      v     Claverdon  (home)   (Claverdon have cancelled )
Hornets      v    Old Griffs    (away at FiveWays RFC )

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