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Sunday, January 27, 2008

British Army saves the day

Mike will no doubt be adding the photographic evidence from today's games in Westcliff. Suffice to say the only real downside today - other than Ruby's injury (and news on that?) - was the actual results because we didn't play that bad. Slightly blown away by Worcester in the first few minutes, but heads stayed up (showing that we've moved on a bit from earlier in the season) and eventually the value of the basic training regime of HM Armed Forces was demonstrated.

Blistered feet and borrowed boots were no barrier to the army's finest. One small gap in the opponents defence was all she needed. Speed, balance, and an awsome sidestep - its good to see that taxpayer's money has been so well spent! And thanks to the camera of Phil Threlfall you can now relive it again...

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And later Randy was to do it again at the other end with one of the best last ditch tackles at the end of a scoreless second half against Westcliff.

Admittedly there had been the odd other score by both Worcester and Westcliff/Sudbury in the interim. Well, half a dozen odd scores or more in fact. And half the team turning their backs and strolling into line after giving away a penalty to Worcester only about 7m out (and then seeming mildly surprised to see a flash of blue and gold shoot by) was perhaps not the best example of what we are capable of. And we could maybe look to move the ball wider and more quickly (there is still a tendency for centres to take the ball into contact too early too often) - but on the plus side it was good to see our forwards more than match their prestigious West Midlands opponents in the set pieces.

Other things to look at? A few that no doubt Simon will be working on. Perhaps one question might be why we are still giving away so many points in the first few minutes of our games (if memory serves 17-0 down to Worcester and 10-0 down to Westcliff in the first five minutes or less of each game).

And we really do need to find someone who can hold up the club's honour at post-match eating and drinking games. Hayley spectacularly failing last year, Jess this, not to mention the entire team being whitewashed by the Canadians last Easter... its not good. Definately an area of the game that we need to work on!

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