[quote_left]Excellent result keeps the Geese in touch at the top of the table[/quote_left]

To say anything less in the heading would be doing the Wild Geese no favours at all, as they showed their mettle against Tonbridge Juddians on Saturday past with a 15-15 draw. This was expected to be the toughest test of the season for the Wild Geese, and they came through it very well indeed, to remain just one point behind TJs in the National Div. 3 league table.

The Wild Geese opened the scoring after 16 minutes with a try by full-back Ollie Turner, converted by him. TJs responded with a converted try 10 minutes later and took the lead by half-time with a penalty goal, to lead 10-7.

[blockquote]Report from John S Hunter[/blockquote]

With the wind behind their backs in the second half, the Wild Geese sought early recompense and they scored a try within 5 minutes through their captain, and open-side flanker, Scott Moore. TJs replied with a try after 12 minutes of the half to retake the lead. The Wild Geese drew level after 25 minutes with a penalty goal from Ollie Turner, and that was the way it remained.

That doesn’t tell the full story, however, because the Wild Geese scrum was dominant throughout and TJs lost a prop with 15 minutes to play. The game went to uncontested scrums and this negated the obvious advantage of the Wild Geese in those phases of play. Elsewhere, both teams cancelled each other out, and it was yet another game where the wind played a major part in the proceedings, causing inevitable disruption to the line-outs and kicking.

London Irish Wild Geese: C Connor, M Cornish, J Cronin; M Jones, A Evans; B Jones, S Moore (C), D Livett; T Barker, P Hodgkinson; G Owen, S Rodwell, B Kitching, M Killeen; O Turner. Replacements: E Fraher, C Browne, T Richards.

Image © Nick Moore and reproduced with permission