[quote_left]A win against Richmond was always a long-shot[/quote_left]
On a wet and windy Saturday at Hazelwood the Bs were due to k.o.at 2.30 in a top of the table clash against Richmond Heavies. An unprecedented occurrence took place before then at 11am when a Captain’s Run was held on the 3G. Blurry eyed and a bit stunned by waking up so early on a Saturday morning, 19 of our finest turned up for an hour of drills and game-plan/decision making. While the conditions and might of Richmond didn’t allow us to bring it all into play come KO, it will certainly serve us well over the second half of our league campaign.
We went down by 2 tries very early on but then held our steel at a time when the floodgates of previous years could have opened. We scored a superb try ourselves, possibly the best in the match in terms of interplay, before 2 more followed by Richmond. Our only try was scored by Haldane, with some fantastic interplay between Mark McCartney and he from deep within our 22.The game finished London Irish Bs (5) v Richmond (24).
[blockquote]This was Richmond’s toughest match by a country mile and they commented as such in the bar afterwards.[/blockquote]
With one ex Geese, a purported Leinster man in the backs, a Chilean number 9, the slick hands of their captain Sean Flynn at 10 and their usual sprinkling of enormous gnarly forwards, Richmond were only kept to this low score by the determination of 22 Bs who put everything on the line.
A win against Richmond was always a long-shot, but the result keeps us firmly in 2nd place, only 2 league points behind and with a points difference of only 21 between us after 4 matches.
Man of the Match was a tough call. Once again Snr Hallam proved he was up for the fight; so too did Scottie, literally! Frank Walsh also looked set to light it up in his usual style, but simply didn’t allow himself the time with a record-breaking 14 seconds spent on the pitch. That said, Frank was quick to point out he was the only player with a 100% tackle rate and I can confirm after GPS analysis that he ran more meters per minute than any other player, by running on and off the pitch after only 14 seconds with a yellow card in his ear.
BUT our Man of the Match in our toughest encounter so far was Mr Vincent Reulet, who spent all day perfecting his jumping skills in the lineout securing us extremely valuable ball. Well done of course to the lifters too, but Vince your aerial work was sublime, congratulations monsieur!!