Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00

It has been suggested by many onlookers that the seasonal conditions, e.g. wet, windy,muddy, might suit our style of play more than the way other clubs attempt to perform.  Personally, I think we have the ability to adapt to the strengths or weaknesses of our opponents but I also feel that the teams in our present league read the game and their opponent's tactics somewhat faster than in the lower leagues. The other noticeable difference is in terms of physical fitness.  It appears that we have gone from being the fittest team with enough energy to carry us through to the 80th minute into a side that struggles in the final quarter of games.


First XV
A good many observers were of the opinion that our boys were in for a difficult time as they travelled to Old Laurentians to face the current league leaders.  They should know better because our players, prompted by Richard and Jake, are able to display a stubborn streak when the odd are against them.  A narrow defeat, 13-17, and a very controversial refereeing decision late in the game that might well have seen a penalty try awarded to us, tell me that we are not relegation favourites and my gut feeling is that we will see a winning performance this coming Saturday.

Development XV
A home match against a relatively young side from Malvern looked, early on, to be a potentially difficult encounter.  However, our lads have developed a winning habit and with a solid pack winning most set piece possesion  our scrum half must have enjoyed his afternoon. His tries and Jack's usual, plus a much improved show from Jamie at outside half with both goal and tactical kicking, the inevitable win by 31-5 was deserved particularly as Malvern were one of the best sides we have faced this season. Thanks to referee Mr Sidwell and he did stand out in the new RFU shirt which will be seen in the approaching Autumn Internationals. 

Vandals XV
A brief report from Sean, our 3rd team captain.  Playing away at Pershore 2nds, the new laws introduced for this game took a while to grasp.  However, turning round at half time 19-0 down, he was pleased with the team spirit that brought us back to a 19-19 draw.

You can judge the success of the Minis/Juniors by how difficult it is to find a parking space or even harder is to avoid being boxed in.  Our visitors from the Water Orton / Coleshill region were Old Salts. Trying to watch all the games at the same time does not work.  However, you can tell when a try has been scored by the shrieks from the mums (or Dads with high-pitched voices).
My feedback was that the Yards were mostly winning but that all players from both clubs produced some very good rugby and can be proud of their efforts. 

Weekend Fixtures
please note, Saturday 2.15 kick offs but Sunday still 11.00


First XV v Old Leamingtonians  at home  in the league
Development XV v  Kidderminster  away (DY11 5HP) Merit Table
Vandals XV   v  Spartans  home  friendly


All teams  at home v Claverdon.

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