Pinner & Grammarians 2ndXV — Grizzlies


The Grizzlies win at Pinner and Grammarians.

The Grizzlies put together a solid performance to secure an away win against Pinner and Grammarians 2XVs

Grizzlies Team Photo – 9th December 2017


On a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon with the ground still frosty the Grizzlies travelled to Pinner and Grammarians. After beating them at home we knew what to expect. With home advantage they would try and dominate proceedings with their big pack.

Alas our stand in skipper for the day Mick Foley had other ideas. Quick ball from the set pieces to release our backs and keeping the confrontation away from the break down. It worked a treat as Foley ran in the first try after a couple of minutes. Our second came minutes later with a storming run from James Sykes to cross the line. Robin Bye converted. 0-12.

A new look front row saw Jack Milburn start at Loose head for the first time and he did brilliantly as our pack held our own against the big Pinner pack. Quick ball from the scrum saw our backs released once more as Mick Foley ran the defence ragged with another one of his illusive runs and scored his second of the day. Conversion was missed. 0-17.

Darren Coley and Jan Ninalga were both great with ball in hand and Jeff Ninalga was playing out of his socks tackling anything that moved.

Joe Priestman Bennett scored our 4th try after 14 minutes with a great rampaging run barging his way through the defence and grounding over the line. 0-22.

A rather shell shocked Pinner regrouped and started to come back upping their physicality. This resulted in Pat O’Brien having to go off with a broken nose after some foul play on the ground. They wanted an arm wrestle and a tight forward pack dominated game. We played into their hands a bit and strayed from the game plan getting pulled into the rucks and getting penalised.

Pinner scored after 31 minutes making the score at half time 7-22.

In the second half we brought on the Fernando brothers Tanyaradzwa and Tatenda which meant we had 2 sets of brothers playing for the Grizzlies. The Fernandos and Ninalga’s.

Tanyaradzwa impact was immediate as he received the ball and sprinted from our own half leaving the Pinner players in his wake to score on the 50 minute mark. 7-27.

To give Pinner credit they never gave up and replied almost instantly with a try of their own 14-27. With new belief they had a period of sustained possession and pressure and pushed for another try. The Grizzlies held firm with some great body on the line defence and that was the last time they scored.

To finish the game off Jan Ninalga score a great try after taking some heavy hits but his tenacity and determination saw him cross the white wash. Final score 32-14.

MoM went to Jeff Ninalga for his work rate and tackling.
“Chris of the Day” could have quite easily gone to Stu Williams for his 2 loose passes that resulted in Pinner scoring. But it went to Jeff Ninalga for his unique war cry he produced when ever one of our players ran passed a Pinner defender.

A great way to end 2017 and we look forward to welcoming Cuffley at home on the 6th January.

Kim Watson
Grizzlies Captain

Venue

Pinner RFC
Pinner RFC, Shaftesbury Playing Fields, Grimsdyke Rd, Hatch End, Pinner HA5 4PW

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