A bad and sad day for the Wild Geese

On Saturday 4th March the Wild Geese played Bishop’s Stortford (away), in National League 2 South, and came away with their worst score-line of the season, managing only one penalty goal in a 3-53 defeat. While Bishop’s Stortford showed why they are the current table-toppers, sadly the situation was not helped by the Wild Geese having TWO players red-carded. Your correspondent cannot ever remember two London Irish players being red-carded in the same game and, while the disciplinary record of the Wild Geese in recent seasons has been nothing to write home about, this really was a bridge too far.

Report by John S Hunter

To add insult to injury, all the teams around us did better than we did, with the result that we slip from 5th from the bottom of the table to 2nd from the bottom i.e. into the relegation zone. Our next opponents and the team immediately above us now in the league table – Worthing – achieved a notable scalp when they beat Taunton Titans on the same day.

BS scored a converted try after 7 minutes and the Wild Geese responded with their solitary scoring contribution to the match of a penalty goal from full-back Ollie Turner after 10 minutes. Thereafter, it was just a procession of tries to BS, to give them a lead of 31-3 at the interval. They had secured a try-scoring bonus point by half-time and added a further 4 tries in the 2nd half to run out very comfortable winners by 53 points to 3.

To give credit where credit is due, BS clearly showed why they are top of the league i.e. they play at pace, support the ball-carrier at all times, and would run penalties rather than take a kick to touch or to goal. From the Wild Geese perspective, the only thing that one could say that is in any way positive was that they seemed to put up a better resistance with 13 men in the last 25 minutes! However, to play for 20 minutes of the first half with 14 men, followed by 2 red cards in the second, defies the notion that rugby is a 15-man game.