This was a must win match against Bredon Star -- and boy did we win!

Saturday 9th March 2019:

OEs 1st XV Home to Bredon Star

- Squad: Sam Collins, Greg Foord, Alex Matthews, Dom Horn, Matt Bailey, Yannick Underwood, Will Tobin, Will Mortimore, Will Patterson, Dom Swann, Miles Pakeman, Alex Potts, Jacob Rawlinson, Matt Cherry, Ben Barnett, Colm Bourke, Greg Morning, Pete Foley

The Squad welcomed back from Scotland for a one match visit Colm Bourke and Pete Foley after his trip around New Zealand. The Squad was strengthened also by the inclusion of Will Mortimore and Will Patterson who had been missed in recent weeks.

After the poor result away at Smiths last weekend this return fixture against Bredon Star had become a must win affair. Having lost in the away fixture at Bredon Star and despite their sitting below us in the league everyone knew that this game needed to be played with ferocity and pace if Old Es were to overcome their opponents and put a bit of distance between OEs and Brockworth in the run in to the end of the season. A capacity crowd, too numerous to mention all by name, were understandably nervous as the teams took to the field.

Match Report It was a nervous start against the wind as the Es’ kick-off failed to travel 10 metres. From the resultant scrum Es defended well and recovered the ball and gained territory and after 4 minutes Es were awarded a penalty and quick as a flash Will Tobin was off like a bull out of a gate to create Es first try, not converted (5-0).

The crowd cheered as Colm Bourke and Dom Horn gained some good ground from the restart. A short 5 metre lineout almost led to a second try but Bredon Star turned it over and in a flash the play went from one 22 to the other and only good cover by Matt Cherry and Ben Barnett and others prevented Bredon Star getting back into the game.

The forwards were looking confident with a scrum that was holding its own and winning good clean ball that the backs were cherishing, the set piece in the lineout was also working well despite the wind, with some good steals from Underwood and Mortimore!. Once again a quick penalty taken by Es saw who else but Will Tobin score his and Es’ second try, which was converted by Dom Swann (12-0).

Very quickly Es were again pressuring the Bredon Star line and quick thinking by Alex Potts with a good lay off to Will Mortimore saw him get OEs’ third try, where Dom again added the extra 2 points (19-0).

The bonus point try resulted from a good move involving, Potts, Pakeman, Bailey and another great killer pass to put Will Mortimore over for his second try, Dom Swann once again slotting the ball between the uprights taking the score to 26-0.

The crowd were loving the open running rugby which was creating some great entertainment. Greg Foord still nursing an injury was then replaced by Sam Collins. Just before half time a great run by Ben Barnett saw him slip the ball to Morty who just short of the line in a 2 on 1 situation popped the ball to the supporting Jacob Rawlinson for Es’ fifth try of the afternoon - not converted. Half Time (31-0).

Es then seemed to get a bit bogged down early in the second half and made hard work of it for themselves and the intensity seemed to have dropped off. They were almost over complicating things which is often the way when one team has a big lead.

Back in the side, Will Patterson was having a great game sniping here and there and keeping the Bredon Star defence busy. Good side to side move was nearly rewarded except for a dropped ball 5 metres out from the try line. A great crunching 10 on 10 tackle followed with Dom Swann coming out on top. Bredon Star were undeterred and were still fighting and moving the ball into the Es’ half keeping the Es’ defence busy, but never looked like crossing the Es’ line with some good Es tackles being made.

Half way through the second half Es started to build momentum again and Dom Swann took a quick penalty and delayed his pass to Alex Potts, keeping the defence guessing but once the pass was made Alex stole through the defence to score under the posts and Dom added the two points (38-0).

Es were finishing the game with a sparkle and a great three quarters move saw Miles Pakeman dash for the line from half way to score a good personal score in the corner which was followed by a great kick by Dom Swann (45-0).

The ferocity continued as Bredon Star kept trying and the crowd were well pleased at a legal tackle dumping his opposite man onto the deck. Tobin then finished the game with a great solo effort from 40 metres out scoring under the posts giving Dom an easy extra 2 points (52-0).

A fantastic effort by Es and a score we had been waiting for; a victory well deserved. We move on now to the Cup match, a bit of a distraction, next Friday before travelling to Brockworth RFC on 23rd March for another must win game.

Final Score: OEs 52 – 0 Bredon Star

Supporters Man of the Match: Will Mortimore

"Blakey"

Malcolm Davies