Old Ruts vs Old Wimbledonians

Final Score - 22-19

Firstly, a huge thank you to the coaches and players of the U9s who put on an excellent spectacle. There was some brilliant rugby on show and it is safe to say the future is bright for Ruts.

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The U15s also provided us with a feisty affair, OW’s were a little bit too strong for our boys on the day but it was a resilient display nonetheless, with some excellent running rugby. Fraser Trimmings looked a bit under the weather, I blame the Treasurer.

As usual the side-line was packed with Ruts and Wimbledonians supporters, trying their best to shake of the Christmas hangovers and as a reward they were gifted with a lovely sunny day.

The Boxing Day fixture is equally a chance to show off some of the new Christmas presents, none took this opportunity more than 1st XV veteran Beany who was proudly sporting a new sheepskin jacket and t-shirt from the Mrs Whiteman to be. It is great to see so many people continually coming down to this fixture, many of the opposing players are friends, as too their families. Both sides have always been, and will continue to be, excellent friends off the pitch and fierce rivals on it.

The 1st XV fixture kicked off about 12.30, festivities were in full flow by this point. Captain James Kearney led out a young but unfamiliar looking squad, some returning players from years gone by and a few Boxing Day debutants – notably the fresh faced but well established Caolan.

Old Wimbledonians were the first team on the scoreboard; the Ruts defence was sloppy and let in a soft try to let them go up 7-0. I think the boys still had their Christmas hats on for the first few minutes, but it didn’t take them long to get into 5th gear as James Kearney ran over from a wonderful counter-attacking move started by Ollie Jordan and assisted by internationally capped Henry. 7-7. Some more poor defending let fixture veteran George Fairbairn run in under the posts for Old Wimbledonians – he’s been a mainstay for OW’s in recent years, a fine chap indeed. 14-7.

The mighty Ruts almost immediately returned with an emphatic score from Asher, who had a brilliant game. I actually saw him in a ruck within the first 5 minutes, a Christmas miracle of the highest order. Either he was trying to impress a girl or his family, I later found out that he had his mum, cousin and brother down to watch. They will have been mightily impressed with his performance. The kick was missed so it was 14-12 at half time to OW’s.

The second half was all Ruts, MOTM contender Ollie Jordan ran over for an excellent score on the break. Almost immediately Tom Richards, who was still taking off his London Irish kit, ran over in the corner for a brilliantly worked try to make it 22-19.

The finest display of the day was undoubtedly from young Benji Sumrie, who is 18 by the way. He doesn’t do anything fancy, not for lack of trying, but he is constantly providing support for his team mates all over the pitch and doing the jobs no one wants to do. He doesn’t even look tired at full time either.

Merry Christmas and Happy New year from everyone at Old Ruts.



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