23 February 2020 / Team News

Oliver’s army stage stunning comeback!

Oliver’s army stage stunning comeback!

Barry 2-2 Cae

Our first ever game away to Barry.  No Gavin or Stacey to greet us, nor Dave’s coaches to take us to the is a beach sometimes.

Barry’s most famous ex player is British Lions legend, Haydn Morris, if their current crop of under 9s keep on playing like this, he might be joined by a few more....

First half:  Barry 2-0 Cae

Barry were a superb, well drilled side, with a dazzling mix of strong ball carriers and hot stepping flair players, we found the first half heavy going.

They score the first try after prolonged pressure, we drop off a couple of tackles and their winger is in under the posts.

Before we know what’s hit us, they score again, the boys look stunned as the half time whistle blows...

Second half:  Barry 2-2 Cae

The coaches pulled the boys together for the half time team talk: Dean and Mike look stern faced, some strong points are being raised..i move over to listen in..I hear “Agincourt 15, Wembley 99, headingly 81 and goodison 78”. The meaning is clear...we don’t give up here.

The team come out for the second half, the mood is different, they look steely eyed and square jawed...

The second half begins, Luca makes a crunching tackle to set the tone. Finley and Oliver drive opponents back withe every hit, Jack and Amelia start to make ground, Harry is controlling matters.

Sam makes a stunning break from his own half, he is brought down just before the line, the ball is recycled and Dan goes over, we are back in this.

Jacob makes good ground, Ollie crashes through a tackle, the ball goes through the hands, Keagan goes on one of his sizzling runs, he’s the Nijinsky of the rugby field.

The ball ends up with Oliver Bates, who won’t be stopped, we are level.

With time almost up, we are pushing for the winner, Dan goes over for the winning try...yes...we’ve done, wait...the ref says he’s short, it’s no try!  So close, the whistle blows and honours are even.. the two teams shake hands and nod at each other, both know that this has been a cracking game, played in great spirit.

Man of the match 

Was Oliver, for a sensational performance full of cracking tackles and fantastic running, topped off with a great try.

When asked what he put his brilliant performance down to, he replied “ well, Jim, didn’t you see the game yesterday? Wales are going to be needing me soon”

Wise words indeed, onwards and upwards for the little green army


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