Old Redcliffians 20, London Irish Wild Geese 14

This weekend saw the Geese travel to Bristol to face Old Redcliffians to hopefully put in a better performance than the one against Broadstreet. With the return of captain Scott Moore to the team, having missed the last two games due to injury, the Geese looked to nab a win that might break the bad run of form.

This game also saw a few debutants from the Wanderers and a new addition to the Irish ranks, as Wanderers outhalf Russell Bennett and centre Freddy Bunting made there first start for the Geese, and newly brought in scrumhalf Aaron Booth on loan from Rosslyn Park, plays his first game for the Geese. The weather and pitch conditions marred the game, causing many a handling error, but it saw the home side take the lead after 5 minutes with a try. The game then went into a battle of kicks, scrums and hard carries, which resulted in centre Sean Cunningham being replaced due to a bad head clash with the Old Reds skipper.

The traveling Geese finally got themselves on the board through centre Alfie Molloy, who touched down after 35 minutes for the Geese and, with the conversion by Peter Hodgkinson, gave the Geese the lead at 5-7. The lead didn’t last long as the hosts took advantage of a stretched Geese defence to score their second try of the day to make it 12-7 going into half time.

The second half began with some good passages of play by the Geese which resulted in loose-head prop George Dean dive over to score and put the Geese back in front, with the conversion by Hodgkinson to make it 12-14. However, the hosts retook the lead 15 minutes later with another try after a number of phases inside the Geese 22, making it 17-14 with half an hour left to play.

The hosts added to their tally with a penalty with 15 minutes left to make it a six-point gap between the sides, forcing the Geese to score and convert another try to win. But unfortunately, even with a much improved showing, the six-point margin was too much, resulting in the 4th straight loss for the Geese.

However, they left with a vital losing bonus point which may come in handy at the end of the season. The match ended Old Redcliffians 20, London Irish Wild Geese 14.

London Irish Wild Geese
1. George Dean
2. Zaki Chamnaoui
3. Charlie Connor
4. Sam Hobbins
5. George Drye
6. Harry Rowland
7. Tyler Bush
8. Scott Moore (Captain)
9. Aaron Booth
10. Peter Hodgkinson
11. Tom Richards
12. Sean Cunningham
13. Alfie Molloy
14. Freddy Bunting
15. Russell Bennett

16. Billy Fowler
17. Harry Roffey
18. Sam Gibbons
19. Joe Touma
20. Joe Price