OLD REDCLIFFIANS 24
“A tough workout and the Physio room will be busy this week as plenty of the boys picked up knocks. Despite that we learnt a lot against a very strong opposition” commented Martyn Fowler after the defeat at Old Redcliffians.
On a sunny but blustery day the Wanderers had the elements in their favour in the first half but it was the home side that started the better. Following an early lineout steal they raced away and following some good recycling the crossed for their first converted try 7-0. This was followed up by a second try within minutes as the Wanderers failed to get into the game. From the Kick off they moved the ball wide and once again recycled well to score wide out 12-0. It was clear from the off that this was going to be no training session for either side and after a dispute over Severn bridge tolls between Joe Russell and one of the home side second rows the visitors sparked into life. On the back of a good driving lineout the home side were finally put under pressure and following a break by Max Wootten the ball was moved wide and Phil Pariyo outpaced the defence to open the Wanderers account. Luke Fish converted 12-7. Even at this point the physical nature of the game was taking its toll and both sides were forced into changes due to injury. The game ebbed and flowed and was much more of an even contest as the half proceeded. The home side furnished a well worked third try from a 5-metre lineout to send the sides into the break at 17-7.
The break saw more changes due to injury and the Wanderers were forced into some major reshuffling. Despite having the elements in their favour, the home side seemed to lose some of their continuity but for the second time in the game a 5-metre lineout provided them with a try which was very similar to the first half effort. The conversion was successful making it 24-7. The Physios from both sides continued to clock up some serious mileage running on and off and bodies were at times stern all around the field. The Wanderers stuck to their task though and after a break by Will Adams Jones, Ben McStay went close. He was hauled down near the line but when the ball was recycled it went wide to Harry Dowell Bennett who, was once again press ganged into wing duty. After collecting an offload from Peter Lloyd he forced his way over. Fish converted 24-14. The game was set up for a decent finish but injuries on both sides mounted. A protracted stoppage saw the game reduced to passive scrums but both sides continued to entertain. Pariyo scored his second try after carrying a couple of defenders over the line with him and Morgan Louch went close for the Wanderers before the referee has the common sense to call it a day to allow the visitors to convert the bus into a major trauma centre. Final Score 24-19.
The Wanderers retired to the bar for some light refreshments and the journey home saw Martyn Fowler eating everything from the service station fast food menu and Joe Russell contenting himself with a small lettuce leaf.
Tries: Phil Pariyo (2), Harry Dowell Bennett
Cons: Luke Fish (2)
Man Of the Match: Max Wootten