Instonians 2nd XV 28 Rainey Old Boys 2nd XV 27
Inst 2nd XV v Rainey OB 2nd XV
Saturday 12th November 2011
Another beautiful sunny Autumnal day greeted those who travelled to Shaw’s Bridge for a double feature against the Rainey Old Boys. A lot of changes this week in terms of the team with some well deserved promotions to the senior team which left a few players out of position and a new face or two earning their first 2s caps.
Just like the previous Saturday the forwards started brightly and early pressure was rewarded with a penalty. Impatience nearly led to taking it quickly but then the Captain stepped forward nominated the posts and slotted a relatively easy one to get the score board started. Little did the team know how vital those points would be or how costly a lack of composure could be.
Rainey to their credit dusted themselves off and came back at us strong. This weeks fixture was expected to be a lot tougher than last week and the impatience of the team was to plague the first twenty as we lost structure and conceded unnecessary points.
Rainey fronted up and dictated the pace and generated real pressure that resulted in a break away try from half way to lead 7-3 after the conversion.
Thankfully the team responded and Paddy Bell led the pack with his ball carrying and punching drives from the back of the scrum to gain vital yards. Pressure was rewarded with a try in the corner for Paddy and the Captain stepped forward to slot a much harder kick than the first which just crept over the cross bar to regain the lead at10-7.
The game was still not going to plan as confidence manifested as arrogance with a hint of white line fever, the previous weeks try fest was clearly still fresh in the young minds. Rainey were determined to notch up their first win of the season and again fought back and a few missed tackles led to another try and the lead at 10-12.
Rainey indiscipline gifted many penalties and Rick McCarthy took full advantage and stole the lead back just before half time then almost on the stroke of half time an excellent kick to the corner let the pack set up some good aggressive rucking from the set piece and the space out wide was created, slick hands and easy run in gave a 20-12 half time lead despite not firing on all cylinders.
The second half wasn’t any better than the first in terms of structure and playing our best and the determination of Rainey to get their first win of the season saw them charge back. A converted try and a penalty saw the visitors tie the game at 20-20. Continued pressure gave the visitors a good lead after another try, which was also converted. The Mairs show soon started and with “mini” throwing good ball to big brother plus some well needed steals by the same the game turned and a vital try set up a nervy finish. Trailing 27-25 it took another error from the visitors to set up a nail biter long-range penalty.
Well come the time to stand up and be counted the young Matthew McGuigan found himself with a kick to win it or a fluff to fluff it…and win he did.
An ugly win is still a win and so 28-27 will do but clearly plenty to work on and hopefully with some returning players and less players out of position next week we will look a little better.
Man of the match could go to a few with the captain being on the shortlist along with the Mairs duo but Paddy Bell had his best game in some time and deserves the credit.
1 Richard Troupe
2 Ross Mungavin
3 Stephen Ferguson
4 Andrew Mairs
5 Nick McMurray
6 Michael Mairs
7 Robi Brown
8 Paddy Bell
9 Nico Andress
10 Richard McCarthy (C)
11 Gareth Short
12 Alex Peckham
13 Michael Lewis
14 Epi Ratu
15 Matthew McGuigan