Irish eyes were smiling but not for the U11 As
The U11 As have a tough day at the office in the London Irish Festival
Match report - Steve Ratcliffe
Farnham 2 – Teddington 2
Wow. What an opening game!
This one had it all. Athleticism, drama, tension, bone crunching tackles and a fanatical devotion to the pope. (wrong sketch – sorry).
Teddington are tough opposition and the list of our wins against them would fit on a match head! This time Farnham were out of the blocks from the first whistle. The "Max Pack" forwards put in a dominating first 5 minutes and were eventually rewarded with a try for Max C-H. Some super defending kept Teddington at bay and the boys went in at half time one up.
In the second half the Teddington coach's stern half time talk did the trick and they came out fighting for the ball with a vengeance. It wasn't long before they made a three man overlap deliver the equalising score. Subsequently a small handling error handed a big interception to a Teddington center to put them 2-1 up. This was the kick in the guts the Farnham forwards needed. A fearless charge down by demon scrum half, George Guy delivered the ball to the forwards and Max "The machine" Foskett burrowed over the line to score the equaliser.
Against tough opposition Farnham had done enough to win but a 2-2 draw was a fair result.
Farnham 0 – Richmond 2
Richmond are normally tough competitors and today was no exception. In the recent Surrey As Festival, we held them to a nil all draw with a storming defensive performance. This time, the boys were fired up once again but a full strength Richmond team demonstrated that quick hands, accurate passes and slick offloads make for successful rugby.
Tommy Lynagh (son of Australian International number 10 Michael) was commanding and although Richmond had most of the possession, sterling defence from our forwards meant the half time score was nil all.
However, early in the second half Richmond proved too strong and a Farnham handling error delivered Richmond a soft try. Playing rugby in our own half is always tough and the opposition soon capitalised with a second try to win 2-0. Our boys left the field with heads down.
Farnham 0 - Instonians 1
Instonians, a team from just south of Belfast, were an unknown quantity but looked strong in the earlier games. This proved to be the case against Farnham who looked a little out of sorts after the defeat to Richmond and here they failed to make as strong an impact on the game as was necessary to beat this well drilled and passionate side. Instonians ran and passed strongly and had the majority of the first half’s possession. Farnham were lucky to hold them to nil all at half time and indeed George Guy who had shown maximum commitment in all three games played, had to make another magnificent try saving tackle just before half time.
In the second half, Instonian’s relentless pressure inevitably resulted in a good try and the game finished with a 1-0 loss on the score board.
One draw and two losses left us last of the four teams in our pool which sadly meant an early bath for the As.
The boys were disappointed not to end the season on a better note but in his summing up, Rob Milner told the team to look at their performance this season as a whole as it contains some significant high spots and evidence of good progress.
Next season will start with a bang no doubt!
Man of the match - George Guy (for general fearlessness)