Due to injuries Whitton Lions made the short trip down to Old Isleworthians with a depleted pack, Captain James plan was to ship the ball wide to the exciting outside backs...Read on to find out how that gameplan worked out!
Old I’s kicked off, I’s managed to wrestle the ball off Whitton and march themselves up field and their Fly-half darted over to score under the posts, Old I’s 7-0 Lions.
From the kick off again I’s advanced up the field and the signs were ominous when the barnstorming centre got the ball in his hands. Though a rather offside tackle from Zak halted this attack and the ball was turned over, from this Whitton counter attacked with Peach speeding eighty metres to score, Old I’s 7-7 Lions.
From then, the game settled into a pattern of play being contested between the two twenty two’s, Old I’s went down a man for a deliberate knock on, unfortunately Whitton were unable to put any pressure on Old I’s and put tries on the board. With Old I’s back to full complement they scored two tries the most frustrating seeing a large second row run past both Graeme and Zak, Graeme sunk to his knees for a while after. At Halftime Lions found themselves 21-7 down and Captain James was not pleased, a rallying speech from James was needed to turn the game around.
Halftime - Old I 21- 7 Lions
The half time rallying speech had an effect, Dan Mac found himself charging down the wing to be held up just short, Zak decided to pick and go and was also held up. From the resulting scrum James managed to dart under the posts though and Lions were starting to regain a place in the match, Old I’s 21-14 Lions.
The next try came with Adam’s kick through and this time Dan Mac got hold of the ball and raced away to score under the posts, Old I’s 21-21 Lions.
Old I’s managed to wrestle back some control of the game with a move down the left wing and the score was 26-21 in Old I’s favour.
Whitton came back once again moving the ball wide and scoring on the left wing, or so the Lions thought, though as the referee did not see the ball being grounded and deemed the ball was held up. From the scrum the ball was grubbered through and James pounced on the ball to score to put Whitton 28-26 up.
With the Lions finally up on the scoreboard and from a nice attacking play won a penalty, kicking for the posts Ryan hooked the kick wide. From this miss Old I’s mounted attack after attack, Old I’s won a penalty kicking for the posts, Whitton were releived to see the ball sail wide. Again Old I’s mounted final ferocious attacks and in the dying seconds of the game pushing for the line knocked on, Lions had won an ill-tempered game with many off the ball incidents and controversy.
Fulltime - Old I 26 - 28 Lions
Tries: James 2, Peach, Dan Mac
Kicks: Ryan 4/5
1 Zak Andrew Sheridan Jones 2 Luke Flynn 3 Graeme Kirkpatrick.
4 Jonny Evans 5 Wayne
6 Henry 7 Peach 8 Ryan
9 Angert 10 James
12 Kiran 13 Adam
11 Henry 14 Andy 15 Irish Paul
16 Dan Mac 17 Dan Saxby 18 Simon 19 Jay
Dick of the Day Jonny and Ryan if you look like props you should play there.