...the second half
To paraphrase another GRFC match reporter,on a bloody freezing day for a game of rugby,the Gannets made the trip along the A289 (watch out for the speed camera on the bridge) to take on an Anchorians side that were somehow sitting a point beneath them in the table.
An evenly contested game was expected and indeed materialised..for the first 10 minutes until the Anchorians spritely backs outpaced the Gannets backs for the first of Lord knows how many first half scores.'They're half our age' exclaimed Steve 'the Fresh Prince of Pontardawe' Wootton.Indeed they were and they were running rings around a Gees team that not only forgot how to tackle,but how to catch,pass and pretty much everything else that is crucial when playing rugby.Blame it on the three week layoff,blame it on excessive amounts of painkillers consumed pre match or blame it on Mayhem opting to play for the Moles (no one did) but three tries were even scored direct from the Gannets own kickoff.
Heading into halftime staring down the barrel of a painful bumming,the Gannets problems were further compounded with the loss of influential playmaker (hey,i've got to pad this report out somehow) Ian 'Francesca' Shuttlewood with some sort of weird Joseph Merrick like growth over his left eye.A quick reshuffle later and Andrew McQuade was on and instantly reduced the age of the backs by some 20 years or so.
Now the second half was a different kettle of fish altogether.Although the Anchorians scored first the Gannets dug in and suddenly remembered all the things missing in the first half.Tackles were going in,balls were being turned over and metres were being gained.It was no surprise when the Irish beserker that is Gary Curran weighed in with a couple of tries after spending the first half pacing the touchline like an expectant father...er or something.
Massive number 9 Ben Baker weighed in with another score and although the Gannets were never going to overturn the massive defecit,they at least showed their hosts that they weren't going to roll over and have their tummies tickled.
The game played its way out with a series of scrums and mauls,often referred to by the ref as 'a mess' although to be fair,he was more than likely talking about the absolute 'kin state of Riley.21 ?? Doesn't look a day over 40.
So despite the heavy defeat there were some positives to be taken forward to the Gannets next game in 2 weeks time against the Old Gs.Is it home or away? Does it really matter?
Final word goes to Jon 'Sargey' Sargent who despite defecting to the Trinkets still wants to be mentioned in Gannets match reports so here goes; mate, you're a bellend.
Until next time......