RLC v Royal Signals RLC 24 - 26 Royal Signals
Wednesday 03 December 2014 - 14:00 at Abingdon
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The RSigs arrived in Abingdon on the back of a surprise victory against the REME and with the RLC revisiting the drawing board following a severe set back at Minley against the Engrs. The RLC continued to have issues with weight in the second row and an out and out fly half. The coaching staff had worked hard with the squad and a bonus was the training session given by ex British Lion, England & Bath lock, Danny Grewcock on Tuesday afternoon.

The day was set up with a Probable’s v Possible's Saxons match, following the last minute cancellation of the Oxford Blues, this game was pulled together to allow the Saxons to have run out. It provided the coaches the chance to have a look at the upcoming players. The game was played in the right spirit and with Wayne Morris & Richie Crane running out, one on each side, it made the average age increase to around the mid 20's. Thanks to the ref, Al Tindale, for keeping the game flowing and adding his running commentary throughout.

The main game kicked off and from the start the Sigs looked like a team possessed, they chased down every ball and thundered into tackles. This pressure didn't allow the RLC to settle and from early penalties the Sigs found themselves camped on the RLC 5m line, their larger pack turned the screw and from quick ball, they exposed the RLC defence to score in the corner with the winger strolling over untouched. Even from out on the touch line the Sigs fly half calmly stoked the ball between the posts. 7-0

Despite the early set back the RLC began to get them selves back into the game, some good lines from centres Peckham & Allen pressed the Sigs defensive line hard, it remained resolute and disrupted the RLC tempo. The Sigs made inroads into the RLC half as their No 8 drove hard, close support from his hard rucking pack, provided good quick ball for the Sigs back line to mount wave after wave of attack. Solid tackling from Putty, Davies and the buzzing Parry repelled the attacks. The RLC were up against it and as the pressure mounted the Sigs were awarded a penalty try as Parry tried to kick the ball out of the Sigs scrum as it marched over the RLC try line. 14-0

With the bit between their teeth the Sigs pushed for a 3rd try, the RLC dug deep and defended strongly. Vadru, at 10, kicked well and the game started to turn, The pack clicked and with Parkin rising high in the line out Parry was given the chance to dart through some woeful tackling. This put the RLC on the front foot and at last a chance to build pressure. With the last move of the half the backs and forwards linked well and a wide pass gave Langbridge enough room to slide into the corner, despite the desperate efforts of the Sigs winger. There was an element of doubt, especially from the vocal Sigs management, that the ball was grounded. But the man who makes the decisions was happy and the score stood. Parry converted the try. Half time: RLC 7 - RSigs 14

The second half started in the same way as the first, RSigs drove hard and scored a quick try following another push over try.......roll on Jan and the return of Bolger and some weight to the second row. 19-7

Almost from the restart and with the Sigs still celebrating, skipper Allen picked a superb line to carve a swathe through the Sigs backs and with the screeching Langbridge in support, he popped the ball for Langers' and the RLC's 2nd try. 19-12

This try was the catalyst to some superb rugby from the RLC; Seru in the centre added some dynamic form, his no nonsense straight running was proving to be the down fall of the Sigs. Following a series of deliberate penalties, the ref finally showed the first of 3 yellow cards to the Sigs. With the one man advantage the RLC sent runner after runner into the Sigs back line, eventually it was the bullocking straight run of Seru that broke the defence and saw him crash over for a try. The conversion was missed but the RLC were now on the front foot, 19-17.

The game continued at pace and the RLC built pressure on the Sigs line, Hendy, hooker, & Kolinasau set a good platform for Parry to snipe from the base of the ruck. This was a great return for Parry and his 60 minutes effort was appreciated by all as he left the field. New scrum half David picked up the mantle and drive the forwards on. Having just gone back up to 15 players the Sigs committed another cynical penalty in their 22. The ref went to his pocket again and produced another yellow. What looked like an easy opportunity to take the lead was spurned as the penalty sailed wide of the posts. Despite the miss the RLC muscled the Sigs on their own line and scrambled kick cleared the lines but only to Vadru, who sent a deft kick into the large in goal area. The Sigs winger bundled the ball backwards and Langbridge pounced for his 3rd try if the game. The try was converted and the comeback was complete. 24-19

With the RLC now in the lead they strove to capitalise and seal the game, another threaded kick bobbled deep in the Sigs 22 and in desperation it was kicked dead. With the crowd looking for the RLC to be awarded a 5m scrum, the ref pointed at the 22 and the Sigs kicked deep to relieve the pressure. With the play in the middle of the park and the clock running down, the RLC thought they had completed the perfect smash and grab. But with the last play of the day the Sigs 10 ran the ball towards Vadru, who slipped and left the gap to be exploited. As the RLC scrambled to defend the Sigs pressed hard and as they shifted the ball wide there was just room for the winger to score in the corner despite the desperate attempt from Davies to tackle him into touch. 24-24

The conversion was right on the touch line and in front of the Sigs bench, calm as you like the Sigs 10 stuck the ball high into the now darkening sky. The ball sailed high and proud between the posts, this excellent kick sent the Sigs into delirium and broke the hearts of the RLC team, who despite battling like Trojans came away with another last minute defeat.

With the Christmas break now upon the Merit table, the RLC will regroup in 2015 and focus on the mammoth task of victories against both the RA & REME, not an easy task any season, but one made harder with the previous results.

POS

RANK

NAME

UNIT

1

WO1

HENDY

74 SP BTY RA

2

CPL

THOMAS

9 REGT RLC

3

PTE

JENKINSON

17 REGT RLC

4

LCPL

CAGI

3 REGT RLC

5

LCPL

PARKINS

11 EOD

6

PTE

FAKIH

27 REGT RLC

7

SSGT

SLADE

11 EOD

8

CPL

ALLEN

13 AASR RLC

9

CPL

PARRY

29 REGT RLC

10

CPL

VUADREU

9 REGT RLC

11

2LT

NICHOLLS

17 REGT RLC

12

Pte

COOMBES

17 REGT RLC

13

LCPL

ALLEN

13 AASR RLC

14

LCPL

DAVIES

27 REGT RLC

15

LCPL

PUTTY

3 REGT RLC

16

PTE

KOLINISAU

9 REGT RLC

17

PTE

SHOUGH

17 REGT RLC

18

SGT

JAMES

HEREFORD

19

PTE

NAWAQALIVA

9 REGT RLC

20

CPL

DAVID

13 AASR RLC

21

PTE

HERBERT

JTGBAD Sp

22

CPL

SERU

11 EOD

23

PTE

HULL

3 REGT RLC

24

CAPT

LANGBRIDGE

29 REGT RLC

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