The Wild Geese make a point

On Saturday 11th February the Wild Geese visited Canterbury, in National League 2 South, and put on another spirited show, gaining a losing bonus point in going down by 17 points to 21 against the home team, who dominated the contest in the scrum.

Report by John S Hunter

Canterbury opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a converted try but the Wild Geese hit back with a try of their own, through right-wing Matt Killeen, 7 minutes later. Just before half-time, Canterbury edged further ahead with a converted try, to take a lead of 14-5 going in to the interval.

The home team increased their lead to 21-5, with the first score – a converted try – of the second half, after 17 minutes. Things were looking bleak for the Wild Geese at this stage but their determination kept them in the game and they were rewarded when scrum-half Dan Grant-Anderson reduced the deficit with a try in the 37th minute. Well into stoppage time, Killeen broke from his own half to score a try under the posts, which was converted by out-half Pete Hodgkinson with the last kick of the game, to make the final score 17-21, and give the Wild Geese a well deserved losing bonus point.

The Wild Geese put up a very satisfactory display overall, with Canterbury’s scrum domination being partially offset by a sound Wild Geese line-out. To this was added a strong defence and a never-say-die attitude, which manifested itself in the two late scores. To help matters, our league placement hasn’t changed, due to the teams all around us losing, and it is a fact that our culmination of bonus points is by far the greatest of any teams in the bottom half of the league table. Finally, next Saturday’s home game vs. Clifton does not look as difficult as it once appeared, as they have slipped in to the bottom half of the league table as well. With the current prevailing determined mood … bring it on!