Match Report

KICK OFF: 2:00 PM    LOCATION: IP12 2PP    SCORE: 16-10

The Warriors welcomed the Thurston Rangers to Hatchley Barn in the third week of the EC1 League with both teams having the same record. In the last few seasons these two rivals always put on a show and the scoreline was tight making this battle possibly more entertaining than the match at Twickenham later in the evening. Well, after the smoke settles it appears we were right!
The Rangers were to take control of the set piece right from the start and put The Warriors under pressure. To their credit, the Warriors took bad ball and made the best of it with probing runs from a back row of Jono Cooke, Nick Woodley and Olly Gray. Unfortunately were couldnt finish some of the excellent phase ball we were generating, but started to frustrate our visitors resulting in penalty kicks at the 12th and 19th minute converted by Warrior captain for the day, Jp Hart. The constant to and fro of the first half was a tussle for ownership of the game with Thurston slotting a penalty of their own in the 30th minute finishing the first half without any tries and a 6-3 scoreboard to the home team.
After the break, Thurston came out on fire and grabbed the first try of the match pushing ahead 6-10 in the third minute. The Warriors adjusted and turned up the heat playing most of the second half deep in the Rangers 22m. Solid defense and turnover ball kept the score the same until Jono Cooke punched through for a strong unconverted try.
It appeared that the constant pressure on the Rangers was taking its toll as the Warriors started to take command of the set pieces and attacking at every chance. A Lineout win in the Warrior half grabbed by Michael Parsley was transferred to Jp Hart who found a gap in the weary defense for a 50m individual sprint for the line and final points of the day.
A fantastic game played by two teams that enjoyed good discipline and sportsmanship throughout.
The Warriors take the win and joint second position in the League into a bye week where the other teams will do their best to gain valuable points.
DrewPhotographs here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *