We arrived at Caterham to a bit of a surprise as we found out that we were going to be involved in a triangular competition rather than just a standard Wednesday fixture against the hosts. We have not come across Chinthurst before so they were an unknown quantity.
We played two 20 minute matches so to adhere to the RFU rules of no more than 40 minutes game time per day and if truth be told it was a tough afternoon against two very strong teams. Although there were times that we moved the ball around well, offloaded in the tackle to keep the ball alive and rucked over effectively it was not going to be enough as we were outdone by sheer size and speed.
In my opinion rugby is a game of character and you can have all of the skill in the world but if you are not willing to dig in deep and make tackles when you are up against it then you are not going to win.
We ended up losing both matches by 5 or 6 tries but we have Louis to thank for our only score of the day after he threw an outrageous dummy which not only fooled the opposition but also Luca and Antony who had ran their support lines and wondered where the ball was! Louis went on to shake off a would-be tackler before sliding over the try line after a 40m surge.
Jake D was making his first start of the year following his injury and it was clear that we had been missing his tackling and aggression. Jake M and Liban, not the biggest lads on the field, continued to make their tackles and take the game to the opposition so their performances must be commended.
Next week we are back on home soil against Ashdown on Wednesday then travel to Duke of Kent on Friday for a rugby 7’s tournament which should prove to be an exciting afternoon.