Broadstreet RFC, for a second week running, fielded two 3rd teams with one team enjoying perfect rugby weather and a good pitch at near neighbours Old Laurentians RFC.
In the usual rag tag ways of any 3rd team across the country the Broadstreet boys travelled in convoy eight miles up the road with the Jack Simpson fun bus gratefully leading an enthusiastic bunch of athletes into battle. John ‘Assistant Tinkerman’ Dodd hung back at the clubhouse for a latecomer, but gave up waiting, only to find his potential passenger warming up when he arrived in Bilton. Doddy Senior brought with him Danny ‘the Tinkerman’s’ top secret playbook/team selection dossier only to find we only just had enough for a starting XV, with two good looking subs (Trussy and Downsey) primed on the sideline ready to pounce into action at a moment’s notice.
The pre-match team talk, delivered by skipper for the day Jordan ‘the Author’ Simpson, was missing the usually rousing clichés imparted by MfC Warney but whatever was said seemed to do the trick, as Broadstreet put Old Laurentians 3rds under immense pressure from the kick off. Forwards carried hard, ball secured and recycled and then the pacey backs were released to finish in style. This was repeated several times in the first quarter of the match with scrum half Danny Rowston slotting most of his kicks without a kicking tee (kicking tees are for wimps Darroll!).
OLs didn’t have a response, with their only respite being a few huge clearing kicks from their follicly-challenged fly half. Interplay from forwards and backs, props sidestepping, backs moves actually coming off, could have misled the throbbing crowd (total attendance: 19) into believing we actually train together and practice set moves! The only plausible reason could be the continuity in the same players rolling out week after week, which has generated a great feeling in this section of the club.
As expected, the high tempo couldn’t be sustained throughout the entire first half with OLs gaining a little more possession. Broadstreet defence held firm to go in at half time 47-0.
Strong runs by Clinton Mamba, the Vennards and the always dangerous Alex Beddows seemed to wear down OLs sufficiently enough for the backs to score some almost length-of-the-field tries by Gavin ‘Yorkshire’ Barsby and recent colt graduate Ben Gosling. An injury to Paddy Hughes, who had made many metres during the game, resulted in a reshuffle with Beddows moving to inside centre. Playing his last game of the season for Broadstreet, Beddows showed what we will miss, will be a huge gain to Coventry Bears Rugby League. Putting in huge hits and turning over many a ball, he had even the opposition supporters applauding.The second half began with OLs pinning Broadstreet back with very effective kicks from their fly half and put some good phases together to scored three quick fire tries without response, out scoring the visitors 17-0. A couple of injuries to ‘Street boys meant the reinforcements were called up to the front line. De-layering from Trussy and fag put-outing by Downsey was their warm up and they gave Broadstreet a much needed lift to get back into the try scoring habit.
OLs were able to call upon their numerous bench which was needed after Trussy’s only run of the game flattened an OL forward who could no longer continue. A couple of Broadstreet tries could have and should have been chalked off due to Murray West, who’s still learning the laws of the game, throwing a few forward passes. But we’ll take them however they come. His head must have still been spinning from the high tackle that was also missed to the officiator. With Broadstreet having the final say the score ended up 64-17.
There are too many noticeable performances to mention as this was an impressive team effort from everyone in a Broadstreet shirt. Player of the week has to be Alex Beddows. We wish him well for the upcoming season and we all hope to see him back playing the proper form of rugby very soon.
DOD was hard (ohh err) to choose this week because of the great performance, but it has to go to Danny Rowston who slotted almost every conversion attempt with drop goals, but failed to reach the 10m line with his one and only restart.
15 Paddy Hughes
14 Murray West
13 Robbie Holmes
12 Gavin ‘Yorkshire‘ Barsby
11 Ben Gosling
10 Jordan Simpson
9 Danny Rowston
1 Morgan Lucas
2 Clinton Mamba
3 Ben Dalton
4 Bill Vennard
5 Will Vennard
6 Jack Simpson
7 Alex Beddows
8 Dean Watts.
16 Kevin Truslove
17 James Downsey