By John Brett
Minutes Silence for Charlie's Nan
Pitch: Good to firm under light rain
Air Temp: 5 degrees
Wind: Mostly JB
A first opportunity for Charles ‘mad dog’ Cockerton to lead the lads out today, poignant with the pre-match minutes silence in memory of his Nan Jenny, both teams observed this immaculately and without question.
Evesham forwards are still missing some timber, the English Oak of Frazer and the Sequoia Sempervirens (tallest tree in the world to save you the data of looking that up) that is Tristan plus the backs missed Laurie away playing horsey with the posh girls - I am not convinced he even has a horse. Despite all that the scrums were generally solid, Eves played the rugby with ball in hand but too often found themselves in an arm wrestle defending the line against hefty ball carriers and some good old up-the-jumpery.
In chronological order…..probably
Try Bromyard, conv missed 0:5
Try Evesham RH corner, George off recycled ball by the forwards, conv just short 5:5
Try Bromyard 5:10, arguably against the run of play
Try Bromyard despite determined defense through the phases with toes on the line 5:15 at HT
Some great hits by Elliot, that lad can really time a tackle, mad dog leading from the front and chopping anything that moved, I swear I saw him kick it out of hand at one point too, Aggy was a blur and mad for it after his recent time off, carrying up the left and within a heartbeat tackling down the right side. Sam, Josh and Ben really stepped up to compensate for the missing mass in the scrum and in defensive duties in tight confines in our own half. Joe got to do more defending than attacking on his wing this week, but defend it he did.
Early in the second half the ball finds Action-Jackson with some grass in front of him and we all know what that means, it go time, Jackson down the left edge too quick for the defense (and the linesman) and in under the posts. George converted, right in front - no lunch if he missed, to make it 12:15, proper game this.
There was a Jacob double-bill going on in the middle of the park with some impressive tackles by them both and Lawson didn’t take a backwards step at 8 patrolling the rucks in the first half to make way for Luc to do the same in the second. Bailey and Ash shared duties at 9 across the halves and distributed very well to Owen at 10 who did a commendable job of clearing the lines a number of times through the boot. Jake defied medical science and carried and tackled well despite back niggles in recent weeks and Max made 3 tackles in 5 seconds on our right wing to deny a try in the corner.
Try Bromyard, conversion missed 12:20 then Bromyard capitalize on some scrappy Eves work at the breakdown that coughed up the ball around the halfway line and their big centre cannot believe his luck and is off towards the right corner and in a footrace with George who just managed to scrag him into touch before the line. Eves hold out to close the game 12:20. 8 points in it against a very capable side with 3 of our biggest names out and down to 14 men for 5 minutes just shows the continued trajectory of the side since last season.
The lads of both sides for respecting the minutes silence, I know the family really appreciated the gesture
Chris – for refereeing, sterling work
Oranges – Big Chris, or as he will soon be known - Slimming Worlds ‘Playmate of the Month’
Laundry – the lads were reluctant to take the shirts off without a heated changing room, aromatic essential oils and a pyramid of rolled courtesy towels, what are they like, so your rugby stars shirt is yours to wash this week, please return on Sunday.