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OAs B Clinch Division 2 Title at Fullarians


A wet and cool morning welcomed us to Fullerians for what was potentially the final game for the B squad as It has been known for the past four seasons. A healthy chatter greeted us which is a sign of the comradery that the boys have built up over the years and one that indicates they don’t have their mind on the job ahead.

A wet and cool morning welcomed us to Fullerians for what was potentially the final game for the B squad as It has been known for the past four seasons.  A healthy chatter greeted us which is a sign of the comradery that the boys have built up over the years and one that indicates they don’t have their mind on the job ahead. 

A few minutes reflecting on the success of the team over the years beginning with the county plate win and promotion to division two under Ferg’s guidance a couple of seasons ago started to quieten things down. 

Gus’ return of the county plate we defended last season brought a glance around the changing room and with only three absentees (two injured) from that final squad missing from today’s match day squad a sense of pride engulfed.

A reminder of the skin of the teeth survival in division two last season, the stress it caused the coaches, the subsequent misery that was known as pre-season training, and the resulting strong performances this season brought a steely determination. 

The game kicked off in the pouring rain with OAs taking the game by the scruff of the neck. A lovely slick move along the line saw Sheldon showing off his pace and strength to run through the Fullerian’s winger’s tackle attempt to finish in style in the corner. 0-5

Another spell of OAs pressure by the crunching forwards created a penalty on the Fullarian’s ten metre line and with quick thinking Barry scored a cheeky tap and go try. 0-10

It has to be said that all game the front row players showed tremendous power and strength using the pick-up & go from recycled ball. It has been a case of continued development this season for all the players.

Let’s not forget that Fullerian’s are a very good side and their never say die approach allowed them to get a score back after OAs conceded penalty after penalty from a sudden burst of Fullerian’s aggression and rucking skill. They drove over using a maul to make it 7-10

In the closing stages of the half, a scrum on the halfway line allowed the backs to once more to penetrate the opposition’s defensive line. The ball was whipped through tidy hands to find its way to Josh who managed to split the defence and score in the corner. Another slick backs move leaves the score at 7-15 at half time. The OAs try scorers were not doing our conversion kickers any favours.

Half time did not see any break in the weather and after a few minutes in, the backs pull off another devastating move to allow Oli J to sprint past the Fullerian’s winger and full back to score in the corner. 7-20

At this point we all thought that the game was ours for the taking. Fullarian’s were playing well but couldn’t get through the quality defence of OAs. However a rash attempted tackle saw James yellow carded which saw us down to 14 men.

This only seemed to galvanise the team more and the quality of the play did not dip. OAs weathered the storm (rain included) from Fullarians and managed to close out the seven plus minutes of yellow without conceding.

The OAs forwards now showed the skill and aggression that has been apparent all season to win a scrum in the Fullerian’s 22. After a successful scrum, Alex picked up as number 8 and powerfully runs through a number of tackles to score. 7-27 converted.

Fullerian’s weren’t going out with a fight. To their credit they made the match a real quality game. They managed to score after a long period of pressure on the OAs defensive line to make the score 27-12.

With the clock clicking down a moment of magic came from one of the unsung heros of the Bs, George went on a rampage after a pick up and go and charged through at least two but perhaps three failing tackles before being downed only a yard short of the try line. Earning perhaps the biggest cheer for almost scoring that I have ever heard. Late in the second half, OAs were still looking for a sixth try. They found themselves deep in the Fullerian’s half making yards through the middle with the forwards when the ball was spun out to Oli DP who drove through a number of Fullerian’s players to score in the corner. He converts this final try to make the final score 12-34

So the B’s become the only B team to ever win the Division 2 trophy and make a little piece history that all should be proud of.

The whole team performed incredibly well and with the forwards power, halves control and backs pace and ball handling we do look like an unstoppable force.

 

Glenn and Kev wanted to say a few words…

The development of the B squad over the years has been an absolute pleasure to be involved in.  To a young man they have shown what can be achieved with hard work, commitment, determination, an enthusiasm to learn and acknowledgment that no individual is bigger than the team. 

We hope that they will take the life lessons of what can be achieved through thorough preparation into their forthcoming exams and beyond into later life.  Enjoy these moments of success but always remember what got you here.

All that said this is a small, but enjoyable step in the journey of life and we should not be immune to a reminder of our responsibility to be humble after inappropriately celebrating one of their tries. 

We look forward to the next step on the rugby journey in August with the return of the boot camp sessions that have reaped dividends across all the squads this season.


Andrew Sheppard
U16 Administrator


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