Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Rugby: T-Birds are stoic against Trojans

Trojans 3 v 22 T-Birds

IN a typical barnstorming display of Total Rugby, Thurrock T-Birds continued their domination of Championship One South and bagged yet another bonus point away from home at Trojans in Southampton.

After a wet and windy warm up that left the pitch and ball in a treacherous state, the game began surprisingly in bright sunshine with Ts playing into a strong wind.

Thurrock’s offensive defence severely limited Trojans options when they had the ball and quickly pinned them inside their own half. In spite of the slippery ball, Thurrock were quick to let their backline run when the opportunity arose. A try went begging with a dropped last pass with the line beckoning, but with the forwards dominating the breakdown it didn’t take long for another opportunity and with Foy brought down inches from the line, Emerson quickly picked up and dived over for the first of the day.

After a scrappy error strewn 10 minutes from both sides, quick ball from a ruck left a dogleg defence that Emily Scott gratefully exploited, ghosting through a gap at pace to leave the Trojan defence trailing in her wake.

With Scott’s 2 conversions, the score stood at 0-14 and remained so through the rest of the half although Trojans sat on Thurrock’s line for the last 10 minutes, but even with the assistance of a string of penalties they were unable to break down the thin black and white line of T’s committed and well organised defence.

With the second half starting in a torrential downpour T’s hit the ground running, paid no heed to the conditions and scored the best try of the day. Winning a scrum against the head on the halfway line the backs cut loose to get to the 22, the forwards cleared out and won the ball, and the backs finished the move to put Georgie Tricker over in the corner. Scrum to score 40 seconds.

The difficult conditions made for a generally dour second half, but Thurrock kicked well with the wind and kept the scoreboard ticking over.

On the back of strong forward play and domination of the scrum, Foy bagged a brace to put the game beyond doubt and claim the bonus point.

Trojans put in a committed and dogged performance, but never really looked like scoring. Creating very little for themselves in the face of Thurrock’s physicality, they failed to capitalise on the mistakes caused by the conditions and kicked away their opportunities when they did make a rare visit to Thurrock’s 22.

With Scott, Harvey and Burford terrorising the midfield, it was fitting that Scott claimed the 6th and final try, finding the gap created while the defence covered Burford and Harvey.

Played 6, won 6 and 6 bonus points now put Thurrock T-Birds 8 points clear at the top of Championship One South.

Team: Stembridge , Francis, Harris, Harvey, Burford, Scott (2T,3c), Cook, Nichols, Foy (Capt) (2T), Micallef, Jordan, Jordan, Emerson (T), Beard, Phelps, Bench Wheeler, French, Mountjoy, Tricker (T).

With the Jordan twins playing the best rugby of their lives, Twin Fi was forward of the match for the second time this season and India Harvey back of the match the second week in a row.

Next home fixture at Oakfield against Cheltenham next Sunday 27th October KO 2.30.

As always, Thurrock Ladies, the T-Birds welcome new players of any standard to their 2 teams.

We can promise you great training and a great social life. Just turn up on a Wednesday evening at 7.30.


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