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RBSRFC 15 beckenhamians 7 Tries: C Stassen *2 con: P oost pen: P Oost
Gents, What a brilliant start to the season and a good send off to Ben Elley. Match started well when beckenhamians saw the wall of RBS players coming towards them didn't want to catch the kick off. In his official RBSRFC debute Adam caught the kick off a boshed the oppo. It didn't take long for the pack to show there dominates and set an attacking platform for our backs to launch a deadly attack that ended up seeing fat Stassen over the line. Unfortunaly we did not convert but we kept ourself a on the front foot and spent all our time in the oppo 22. Our scrum was solid and was getting a good push but unfortunately as last season showed as well our 8 can't finish (sorry Ben). With some good phases of play and a lovely pass from Chris I was through and a TMO decision was required but the official didn't give it :(.  From another strong scrum from our back unleashed an attack the all blacks would of been proud of. It had passing, good lines and support play that saw Chris over for his second which Pete slotted over the conversion. Pete slotted over another penalty before the half was over.  Second half I'm not sure what happened to our attack (apart from a Stassen 50m sprint) but our defence was resolute for 39min. Adam (winger) did seam to have trouble with a particular blade of grass as it kept tripping him up but when he had the ball in had he backed himself and put some big hits in. Josh had a good game in second row wouldn't believe it was his first game in years. Adam flanker put some lovely big hits in. John, Matt and Wegs have the pack a strong platform at the scrum. Albie was a nuisance around the park rattling the other pack. Tim kept the forwards marshalled and played us in the right area of the park. Chris lead the backs well with Rudi. Harps was solid in defence and leatal in attack. Caf'e was constant threat and Pete with a excellent head at the back.  Just one last mention to a player who has been a big part of the club despite his age ;). He has always been a competitor and given it 100% on the pitch. He has an outrageous dummy on him that I have seen make an idiot of many a payer including myself. It will be sad to see him leave but I know we will meet again in the blue jersey. Ben Elley it has been a pleasure
Home League Fixture RBSRFC 1s v Sidcup RFC 3s – 27 Sep 2014
Having come out winners of our first league fixture on 22 Sep, despite having been promoted a league between seasons and despite only finding 15 fit players for that fixture, we again struggled for numbers but scraped a team together of 18 fit able bodies.  Among those fit able bodies were two over 50 years of age, one who has trained with the club but not previously played competitive rugby at adult level and one who has not trained with the club but brings much experience from previous glories – well done Joe (aka Giuseppe) for turning out.  So we could not be confident that all would click nicely together.
Stephen Twigger was brought out of retirement to get another first team start, when a younger second row pulled something during the warm up!  Having hidden both of the old men in the second row – Rufus Ballaster having been called up that morning due to Capt Mahoney’s heroic rescue of a road traffic victim earlier in the week putting him out of action - and put our least experienced back out on a wing, we got going.
Sidcup proved well organised and they exploited our organisational weaknesses.  The first half saw three unanswered tries and we got a justifiable “hair dryer” treatment from Coach at half time (“they aren’t that good but you are making them look well above average” or words to that effect), then we turned to meet Sidcup for a second half down 0 – 19 at that stage, which was not what any of us would have liked.
Josh finally realised at half time that his warm up problem had worn off and he could give Twiggs a rest.  Then again not long into the second half Jon got a knock which put him out of action and Les Giblin kindly stepped up to ensure we had a full contingent of players for the duration.  With about ten or 15 minutes to go, we also got Matt (making another family link – he being Josh’s brother in law) a run out on the wing, letting Adam Twigger take a well earned breather.
The second half was a totally different game.  We ceded only 3 points and we scored 3 tries!  Each try came from good ball retention, good linking of forwards and backs and some nice passing to put the ball where Sidcup struggled to pick out our runners and stop them.  Paul and both the Stassen twins were key in those passages of play and deserve praise for determinedly getting our scores.
We should not be too upset to finish with a losing bonus point (only 5 points shy of Sidcup) in this highly competitive league on a day when we were missing many of the names one might expect to see on a modern RBS 1st teamsheet!  Then again we should note the attitude of the club now, which is to be gutted that we let ourselves down by missing out on the win which was there for us had we either notched up our game that much more in the second half or been less dopey in the first!
After full time we tried an experiment of some tins and burgers BBQed pitchside enjoying the autumn sun and warmth.  The oppo hung around for a bit, as did the ref, and the banter was good.  Harps got player of the day and Rudi dick of the day (for insane kicking decisions at various points of the match) and we topped up on liquid and solid carbohydrates before dispersing to continue life outside rugby in various ways.  Thanks to some old faces who pulled on a 1s shirt again and worked hard and thanks too to some new faces for putting in debut match and/or debut season performances of which you should be proud.
FINAL SCORE RBSRFC 1s 17 – 22 Sidcup 3s (Kent Met League: Premier West)
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