The start of the new season brought Rugby Lions Seconds to Binley Woods for a hotly contested game against Broadstreet Thirds. From the outset the omens didn’t look good for Broadstreet, with three or four still hung over from previous night’s activities, with Downsey still not arrived (with the kit) and a professional Lions squad that were warming up hour before kick-off.
The vastly experience John Brown rounded up the lads and gave a great team talk which will stay amongst the Thirds. Stuart Lancaster would be impressed!
From the off, with nothing to lose, the Street pushed for a try with the forwards dominating through Danny Havart in the line out, Jack Simpson’s rucking and 49 year old Craig ‘Fozzy’ Foster rolling back the years, with some powerful runs off the back of the scrum. The breakthrough came on fifteen minutes with Andrew ‘Greggs’ Skene putting Darroll ‘Deadeye’ Watts in at the corner. From the restart, the Lions stepped up the pressure with their young backs putting in some good runs to level the score at 5-5.
Problems for the Street were compounded with Craig Foster pulling his hamstring and no obvious replacement. With Danny ‘the Tinkerman’ Rowan having added babysitting services for the Thirds this season, the first to use the facility was a certain Broadstreet legend, Kevin Tyrell - a big thank you to Stacey Watts and mum, Linda for babysitting the Tyrell twins on the side-lines.
Half time: Broadstreet Thirds 5 – 5 Rugby Lions Crusaders (Twos).
The second half brought a more dominant display from the Lions with the older Broadstreet lads starting to tire. With no options from the bench, the younger Broadstreet lads started to come to the forefront, led by former Broadstreet Colts Callum Abbott, Adam Garratt and Ben Suckling. As these younger lads found their feet, Street scored from a David Winterburn break, with Deadeye Watts converting. From the restart, the Street went straight up the field to bag three points from a penalty on Lions 22.
That was it for Street for the last twenty minutes, as they defended in the 22 against a Rugby Lion’s onslaught, but with John Brown’s team talk still ringing in the lads’ ears, they defended like the 300. The Street held out until the last play when Lions scored a well worked try.
Full Time: Broadstreet Thirds 15 - 12 Rugby Crusaders/Seconds.
Man of Match: Andrew Skene and John Brown.
What a great start to the season for the social team. Great to see senior players helping the younger lads develop for senior rugby - on and off the pitch; great debuts from Jamie Colman and Tobyn Hargrave, Next week game is Banbury seconds at home (2:30 pm kick off),
Please note that all 3rd team home games this season will kick-off at 2:30 pm.