Swans winning ways continue
Early season top of table clash
The mighty Swans arrived at Rectory Field looking forward to a game given the last minute cancellation of last week’s fixture. Due to the Swans carrying a couple of injuries the Met Police side allowed us a couple of extra players. Due to a couple of last minute pull outs the Swans again welcomed Gannets Stephen Wootton
and Jamie Feighery
who assisted in the Alleynians game.
Welcome back to Trigger Gary Head
after a year off and to ralph walpole
, returning from the 2nd team bringing along his son Zach for a run out.
Sicknote Neil Miller
got the ok from the quacks to play having been broken again and again and so on.
Just before kick off the extra subs came in handy when the Met approached Swans Captain BRIAN WILLIAMS
on the scrounge for players due to delays on the ever reliable A2. So Zack and Dave Sargent obliged donning the Blues.
Gravesend applied pressure early on with some good phases of play. The alternate Swans front row of Elvis Michael Murray
, Pierre du Toit
hooking and ralph walpole
had plenty of opportunity due to some questionable handling but as ever the Swans pack were dominant in the Scrums throughout.
After a few visits to the oppo 22 a penalty was called and BRIAN WILLIAMS
opted for the kick which resulted in a dirty look from Swan Vice Captain, Oaf Mark Armitage
. Trust me I said. Lee Evans
lined up the ball in windy conditions and…….hit the upright. Damn it.
A break from the Met Police centre following a great run (one of many) from their rampaging 8 Marvin resulted in a try under the sticks about 20 Minutes in against the run of play. A few missed tackles. Converted 0-7.
The Swans continued to press up the field only to lose the ball by some means in the oppo 22 for it to be nudged soundly down the pitch by the Met 10 who was having a great game off the boot.
It was one of these nudges that resulted in the Swans first points. The ball found its way into Stephen Wotton’s hands and he made his merry way up the pitch chased frantically by the oppo back line. Try given. Unconverted…..
A few phases later and a spoiled line out near half way resulted in the Met centre breaking through and offloading to his winger who just managed to crash over for the points. Unconverted.
Swans again pressed into the oppo half reaching the 22 on a few occasions but unable to convert.
A kick return from 10 Carl Sells
was chased down by Swans new boy Graham Harvey
followed by the oppo centre. Graham managed to keep the ball under control with his feet fly hacking it from the 10 all the way to the try line at which point the oppo lunged at the ball, hitting Graham, missing the ball for it to bounce backwards into the waiting arms of supporting runner Stephen Wootton
. 3 tries for the Swans in 2 games. The kick was converted well by Swanley Lee Evans
to the cheers of the watching Swannies given recent hiccups from the tee.
Half time 12-12. A couple of replacements allowed the return of Trigger Gary Head
at 2nd row and Sicknote Neil Miller
took over at 15. Dave Sargent remained with the Met Police and to be honest was one of their stand out players. How very dare him. Zack had a great 30 minutes but some Gravesend lump landed on his knee and broke him.
The Met front row who to their credit were lacking in experience succumbed to the half and requested uncontested scrums. Swanley Lee Evans
offered up to hook for the Met knowing going uncontested would result in the Swans greatest weapon being muted. Babylon Jamie Rayner
managed to get away from work to replace him at scrum half against his brothers in blue.
The Swans now suitably charged up ready to go back at it found the oppo to be seemingly re-energised. Their ball carrier Marvin at 8 made some great runs but was met time and time again by the Swans defence. A penalty for the Swans and a nice kick from Jamie Rayner
resulted in a line out on the oppos 10. This was deftly caught by Trigger Gary Head
and a maul set up that not only looked good but managed to trundle up the pitch for a good 30 metres into the 22. Several metres from the line 10 Carl Sells
decided to join BRIAN WILLIAMS
at the back of the maul to give it some additional momentum. The Met Police hit the maul hard and as it slowed to a halt at 3 metres out, Captain BRIAN WILLIAMS
supported by Carl Sells
broke off the scrum to force their way over the line under the considerable pressure of the remaining defenders. Jamie Rayner
called for the kicking tee which arrived and the left as he apparently cant kick off telescopic tees……tut. Backs I tell ya!
He easily converted from a lovely drop kick and promptly chastised his father Rayner Snr who was facing the other way watching the first team shouting ‘Rayner your Son is playing on this pitch’.
Toys suitably thrown the Swans returned to the game with steely determination in defense and managed the game towards its final play. Ball won at Swans scrum tossed to Carl Sells
at 10 upon hearing last play, booted it out of play for a great win against a good Met side of whom we alwqys have a close well-mannered game played in great spirits.
So Swans beat league leaders, meaning Swans take top position on the table for now. Some good rugby that can only get better.
A week off before Footscray II away.