Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
A day for reflection
18th April 2016
The last 2015/16 match report from Colts Coach Glendon Llewellyn Lloyd.
"I sign off this XV-a-side reporting season with a sense of privilege at having the opportunity to work with such fine young men, of pride at their never say die attitude and particularly at the sense of camaraderie and enjoyment I have had the pleasure of being allowed to share with you all this season."
Keynsham 26 - 12 Dursley Colts
There are some days when the best laid plans go out the window and the past Sunday was in part of one of those!
Put it down to this most unusual of days of the 2015/16 season. A day of sunshine, a temperature befitting of shorts, not a breath of wind and a gently forgiving, and level, pitch. In short a perfect day for rugby. Or simply early-onset, season-end delirium.
• Seek opposition dispensation for players – check
• Team selection and announcement – check
• Book coach – check
• Decide team attire – check
• Arrange ties for those without – check
• Pen and score card packed - check
• Collect tackle shields – check
• Pre-match team talk – check
• Appoint scorer / sub-reporter – UNCHECK
In honour of this unchecked part of a best laid plan, this final XV-a-side report shall take a different path – one short on accurate content but long on reflection.
It was a game very much of two halves.
First 35 – Keynsham were able to venture into the Mighty Dursley half on just three occasions but managed to score three converted tries. 21-0
Second 35 – The Mighty Dursley restricted Keynsham to a single try and scored two of their own. 26-12
There are days when it is not the result but the manner of defeat which is most important and this was in WHOLE one of these!
Although not a small pack by any stretch, the piggies took to the forgiving pitch ceding their opposition a good stone a man (although it has to be said in the facial fluff stakes Dursley were handsome winners across the pitch!).
From the kick off it was the Silent Assassin who first felt the full force of that additional weight – clattered on receipt following a rhino-esque charge by Keynsham’s daunting 16. As they have all season, the forwards were unbowed by the huge weight differential and provided their opposite numbers with a lesson in the art of scrummaging (all afternoon) and the driving maul (most of the afternoon).
If there was a lesson to be learned, and there almost always is, it came in the form of the excellent support and offloading game the Keynsham boys displayed. For seasons past I have been best remembered for my bellowed ‘LEGS, boys LEGS’ instruction. Having worked their way into the subconscious mind I have been able to drop this from my coaching vocabulary this season.
Ten minutes in I turned to my co-coaches and sotto voce uttered the words once more "legs boys, legs!"
With technical area constraints removed, half time provided the opportunity for a reminder of that well-worn instruction and its increased importance when playing those from the Land of Giants.
With the potential of a cricket score beckoning, the boys can be very proud of their second half victory (and revisiting of their subconscious thoughts). In spite of playing far more of the game inside our own territory than in the first half, the defence was more effective and better organised and our attack more penetrating and patient.
So a loss. But one filled with plenty to admire – courage, self-belief, perseverance and passion, and not a small amount of talent and skill.
I sign off this XV-a-side reporting season with a sense of privilege at having the opportunity to work with such fine young men, of pride at their never say die attitude and particularly at the sense of camaraderie and enjoyment I have had the pleasure of being allowed to share with you all this season.
THANK YOU ALL xx
Glendon Llewellyn Lloyd