Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
Nomads in the Groove
25th February 2013
The Dursley Nomads fielded one of their strongest teams of the season against a visiting Tewkesbury 2nd XV in a rearranged league fixture. A mixture of youth in the backs and experience in the forwards on both teams suggested it was going to be a hard fought contest. The visitors requested switching the game to the full size pitch where the ground was softer and two minutes before the kick-off announced that they had not brought a front row. The disappointment in Phil Bennett’s eyes was heartbreaking.
The first ten minutes of the game was spent in the middle 50 metres of the pitch the breakdown being eagerly contested and Tewkesbury keen to get the ball wide the their flyers. It was Tewkesbury who scored first against the run of play after an off the ball incident involving Phil Moorsom and three Tewkesbury players caused a distraction. The try seemed to give the Nomads the jolt they needed and started to play some beautiful running rugby led by a returning Charlie Bennett who capably marshalled the back line at 10. It was Bennett who scored first (and second) for the Nomads and some great defensive pressure from Belton, Chappell, Ward and Smith kept the opposition pinned in their own half. Rose and, now Nomad regular, Lord dominated the line out with some accurate throwing in from the returning Belton.
The visitors did not have the appetite for bringing down Butcher, Phil Bennett and Winterbottom both carrying the ball effectively over the gain line and eventually putting Charlie Bennett over for his third. Wings, Jay Redbond and Mike ‘Crazy Legs’ Hill both saw plenty of ball and had some blistering runs but the determined Tewkesbury defence kept them off the score sheet. The first half finished 19-5.
Captain Moorsom emptied the bench for the second half with Adam D’Arcy Wass, Pete ‘The Boulder’ Scott, Tristan Moore and Chris Perrett eager to get involved and add to the visitors’ misery. Unfortunately Tewkesbury were less enthusiastic and had little appetite for dealing with the hard running Dursley forwards. With plenty of possession captain Stuart Newman kept his three quarters supplied with quality ball and it was Liam Smith who scored in the corner after some great handling and confident dummy running from Ward. Try machine Tristan Moore scored next after some determined mauling from the awesome Dursley pack.
Many of the Tewkesbury side seemed to have given up and directed their frustration towards each other and the referee only getting out of their half after a kick-off. However, there was no let up from the Nomads and Charlie Bennett took his fourth and Liam Smith his second, scoring a further 10 points with his boot on the day. Consistent swift hands and a great final pass from Bilous put Chris Perrett in for a superb try and Darren Butcher scored the final five points with an impressive rampaging run from 30 metres scattering the opposition in his wake. The final score 55-5.
A great team performance all round. Well done!
Next week we are away against Cheltenham Civil Service 2nd XV. Please make yourselves available so we can continue our winning streak!