Not a Happy Christmas result for the Wild Geese

On Saturday 17th December the Wild Geese played Redingensians in Sonning, Berkshire, in National League 2 South, but lost by 39 points to 24 in their last game before Xmas. The Wild Geese came away empty-handed – no bonus points gained this time – and they are 12th out of 16 teams in the league at Xmas, with three teams within 1 or 2 points of them; hardly the position we had hoped to be in after last week’s performance and result.

Match report from John S Hunter

The Wild Geese started well enough, with flanker Harry Rowland scoring a try after 5 minutes, which full-back Ollie Turner duly converted. The Rams eventually got into their stride, scoring a try after 19 minutes and a penalty goal after 24 minutes, to lead 8-7. The Wild Geese hit back to retake the lead with ‘the usual’ try from left-wing George Owen after 30 minutes, again converted by Turner. The Rams took over for the rest of the half, scoring 2 converted tries in the 35th minute and injury time respectively, to go in to the interval leading 22-14.

The Wild Geese started the second half like the first, with a penalty goal from Turner after 5 minutes and he then converted a try from right-wing Matt Killeen after 9 minutes, to retake the lead at 24-22 – unfortunately, for the last time. Converted tried from the Rams after 10 and 16 minutes, and a penalty goal in injury time, consolidated their fairly comfortable victory.

The Wild Geese played reasonably well and were well in contention until the last half-hour. Crucially, they lost two line-outs in the Rams 22 in the last 5 minutes when a bonus point was being sought. That being said this was a below par performance compared with the previous week, with only two enforced team changes. May the New Year bring better results and more consistency?