2nd XV vs Old Paulines (H)

Final Score: 24 - 17

Try Scorers: Mike Brent, Callum Baines x2, Tom Nebrook

Cons: Charlie x 2

The mighty 2’s finally get the win, and in some style. Old Paulines came to Poplar Road second in the league, only to the undisturbed and menacing Economicals. Unusually for a Ruts team, we started extremely strongly – piling on the pressure and eventually made Paulines pay with a fine score from 1/2s chameleon and all round good club man Mike Brent. We then switched off and allowed OP’s to run in shortly after with a scrappy try – but you take them. We had a period of sustained pressure in their half but a few sloppy handling errors meant we left unrewarded – we could have scored 2 or 3. Unfortunately Paulines scored another unconverted try before half team, taking them 10-5 up into the break.

We started the second half in emphatic style, the poacher and double try scoring man of the march Callum Baines slithered his way through the OP’s defence. Callum lead us calmly in the lineouts and along with the ever reliable Harry Keohane, kept us at strong and stable at scrum time. Ryan Stroud kept heads calm throughout, Old Ruts' very own Theresa May - the leader none of us voted for. Following this has to be the moment of the match, perhaps the moment of the season so far. The all seeing, all knowing, evergreen Tom Sellar chipped in smartly behind the OP’s quick line and Fly Half (turned Winger) Charlie stopped time with a breathless run, pick up and offload to Callum who ran in under the posts. Fine composure and verve from the young man Charlie – one of our great success stories this season. 19-17 to the Ruts.

Tom Newbrook then really proved that age is just a number, our 40 year old flanker rummaging over the line to put us 24-17 up. 80 minutes for the Old Man, a fine achievement indeed. A special mention to Danny our young 9, I don’t think I’ll have a job on the pitch the weekend after next. I'm happy with that. 

Captain's Man of the March – Callum Baines

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