RLC V Cirencester RFC - Saturday 12 Sep 2015
With the focus on the Inter Corps Competition in Aldershot next week, the RLC held a training camp at South Cerney. Despite several key players not available until next week the Corps still had over 40 players to select from for the fixture against Cirencester RFC, the aim of the game was to look at all the players and look to cement a squad to take forward to the Merit league games in the upcoming season.
Having selected a strong starting XV, the RLC started the first quarter strong, they dominated in every phase and it wasn't long before they took the lead. Despite some solid defensive tackling from the Cirencester back row the RLC ran in a further 3 tries before the end of the first 20 minute period.
Highlights from the first period was 2Lt Dan Salisbury 17 Regt clearing from his own 22,a full length kick that turned defence into attack. There were several well worked phases from the forwards and backs. Pack being led by Capt Ronan Bolger and LCplRoss Parkins in the engine room and the back line being controlled by Capt Rob Mitchell. What was apparent throughout was the leadership from Bolger, something sadly lacking throughout last season. Despite dominating the period the RLC were still thankful for the Try saving tackle from 2Lt Salisbury.
The second period saw the RLC continue to dominate despite making 8 changes, the new players slotted into both the game plan and pace of the game with ease. The RLC drove forward and in a tighter period still added a further 2 tries.
With further changes in the 3rd period the RLC were now running out some of the new Saxon players, the disruption showed and Cirencester were able to take advantage, their continuity showed and ran in a deserved try following some good linking between their backs and forwards.
The last quarter saw a total Saxons side take to the field, the gelled quickly and desprte Cirencester scoring the only points of the quarter the coaches had to be pleased with what they saw. Should be noted that the Cirencester 6'10" lock had a superb game and was always at the fore, whether it be tackling in defence or taking the ball forward.
The RLC ran out 41 players, not all at once......that would have been cheating, as well as loaning a hooker to Cirencester.
Final score RLC 32 Cirencester 14
Pte Rab Rabosea 27 Regt
LCpl Hully Hull 3 Regt
Cpl Matty Matavesi 3 Regt
Capt Ronan Bolger 17 Regt
Sgt K Komaiyasa 27 Regt
Lt Andy Nicholls 17 Regt
Capt Rob Mrtchell 3 Regt