Friday, January 27, 2023

Rugby: T-Birds swoop on Blackheath

THE T-Birds blew a plucky Blackheath away with their pace and power in the is Cup fixture, but gave them a benchmark of where they will be if they achieve their expected promotion.

Kicking off into a stiff breeze the T-Birds quickly stamped their authority on this game with Stand Off Jodie Rettie powering through the midfield to claim the first points of the day in only four minutes.

Five minutes later they went wide instead of through the middle for winger Harris to claim the second try.

Blackheath used their big pick to decent effect in close around the breakdown, but they had never met a team that tackles like the T-Birds.

A few suspect decisions from the Referee allowed Blackheath to work their way to a try and add some interest in the game, but Ts then quickly reasserted their control and ran away with the game.

Four tries in the first half and another 5 in the second once the wind was at their backs, blew Blackheath away and the Referee, who was struggling to keep up in his

third game of the weekend blew up 10 minutes early at 7-47. Tuson and Harris claiming Hat Tricks.

Blackheath who won Championship South East 2 now face a playoff with Trojans, winners of Championship South West 2 for a place with Thurrock in Championship 1 South next season and must wonder what they are letting themselves in for.

Team: T.Nichols, L.Baker, K.Hepper, R French, K, Wheeler, S.Franklin, N. Ortega corales, R.Prosser, G.Cook, J.Rettie, D.Harris, I. Harvey, S.Tyler, S.Tuson, N.Cameron.

The T-Birds are now away at West Bridgford near Nottingham in the Quarter Finals of the Cup on 28th February.

As always, Thurrock Ladies, the T-Birds welcome new players of any standard to their 2 teams. No matter how big or small, there is a place for you in a Rugby Team.

The 2nd XV is growing weekly and now has its own dedicated Coaching and Management team. Many are beginners, playing in their first Season, so don’t be put off if you are new to the game.

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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