[quote_left]Wild Geese finish the season with a convincing performance[/quote_left]
The Wild Geese demonstrated to all and sundry why they are Champions of National League 3, by comfortably defeating Guernsey, in St. Peter Port, by 36 points to 29. In fact, even though they were playing into a strong wind, it took them just 1 minute to get on the score-sheet, with a try from Ollie Turner, converted by himself. Guernsey hit back with a converted try after 10 minutes. A period of Wild Geese dominance followed, notable for powerful breaks by Seb Rodwell, resulting in a try for himself after 15 minutes, a try by George Owen after 29 minutes, and a try by Matt Cornish after 31 minutes, which meant that the Wild Geese had secured the try-scoring bonus point well before half-time. Guernsey responded with a converted try after 36 minutes to make the interval score 22-14 in favour of the Wild Geese.
[blockquote]Report from John S Hunter[/blockquote]
The second half was rather more even, mainly due to the Wild Geese taking the foot of the gas, so to speak, and Guernsey tried hard to capitalise. They started the half as the Wild Geese had started the first i.e. scoring a converted try in the first minute. The Wild Geese continued their first half try-scoring habit 5 minutes later, through Scott Moore, converted by Turner. Guernsey stayed in the game with a penalty goal after 22 minutes and a try after 25 minutes, to draw level. However, the Wild Geese had the last word with their sixth try 1 minute later from Tom Barker, converted by Turner, which was the final score leaving it at 36-29 to the Wild Geese.
This was a most satisfying end to the season against a team that were always competitive and have a good home record. To go through a season unbeaten away from home speaks volumes for this Wild Geese team and the return to Hazelwood on Saturday evening saw the squad being applauded into the clubhouse by a large contingent. It would be remiss not to thank all the supporters who travelled to Guernsey and who have followed us through thick and thin – mainly ‘thick’ I am glad to say – alongside the reception on the return to Hazelwood.
London Irish Wild Geese: Jerry Cronin, Matt Cornish, Eddie Fraher; Michael Jones, Brent Jones; Sean McKeon, Scott Moore, Darren Livett; Tom Barker, Gavin Dunne; George Owen, Seb Rodwell, Ben Kitching, Ollie Turner; Jordan Gott. Replacements: Charlie Connor, Chris Browne, Sean Cunningham.
[blockquote]Images © 20-16 Nick Moore and reproduced with permission[/blockquote]