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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Colts B v Cheltenhan Prep (A) Lost 5-4

Colts B v Cheltenham College Prep (A) Lost 5-4

There comes a point in many of Bertie Wooster's adventures that he insists on wearing something he mistakenly believes to be the bee's knees. A Tyrolean hat with a dandy feather and a dapper white tuxedo (perfectly acceptable in Cannes, you understand) come to mind. Bertie argues determinedly with Jeeves, who always knows better, of course. The reader, like a rugby coach on the touchline, can see the failings in Bertie's arguments but Bertie insists, on the verge of anger, that he is right. 

In the early part of the match at Cheltenham, it was like watching several pint-sized Berties giving teammates the benefit of their very limited understanding of  why we had conceded two early tries. The truth was that we had started the match much more slowly than usual and were not tackling or passing well. Fortunately, Abberley raised our game in the middle third of the match. Not for the first time this season, Guy ran impressively with the ball and scored twice. Lewis scored the other tries. Alex, captain on this occasion, came to the fore both in attack and defence. However, time and again like Bertie Wooster, Abberley players pursued a misguided course, tucking the ball under an arm and trundling off before losing it in contact. Their come-uppance was less abrupt than Bertie’s, when caught in the act of stealing Aunt Dahlia’s cow creamer but I am beginning to wonder if they will prove any better at learning from their mistakes than him. Where’s Jeeves when you need him?

Mr Keeble

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