Friday, 30 November 2018
Colts B v Hereford Cathedral (A) Lost 10-4
An ugly duckling of a first half featured spirited squabbling for the ball by both teams, several attempts at running rugby from the Abberley team and three tries to two in Hereford’s favour. There had been little hint of what would follow as most of the action had been at close quarters.
Any thoughts the watching hundreds may have had about the difficulties inherent in a windy day, a soggy pitch and changes in personnel (six Hereford Cathedral boys agreed to play for us at different stages) turned out to be poppycock, as the signet in blue and yellow turned magnificent swan. The turning point was ironically down to the similarity between the teams’ shirts. One of our attackers was tackled a few feet in front of the line and offloaded the ball in textbook fashion…to an opponent, who ran the length of the pitch to score.
The swan now emerged from its greyness. Elegant sweeping passing movements had our defenders dumfounded (but never silent…) clutching at shadows and even tripping over each other. (Sorry, I failed to stifle a giggle as two defenders fell over each other, allowing free access to the try line.)
Despite the fact that Abberley were totally outplayed, the boys all made positive contributions. Dylan and Guy came to the fore in defence from time to time. Both scored tries, as did the hearty Lewis while Matthew made several strong direct runs without quite making it to the try line.