[quote_left]Match Report: Surrey U13 League 4 London Irish B v Richmond B[/quote_left]
On a day so wet that London Irish was deserted save for the oasis of dry ground on the 4G pitch, London Irish U13 Geese faced Richmond in a third v fourth divisional match-up.
Richmond started very strongly, showing the benefit of a team drawn from across their Bs and their recently disbanded Premier League A team. Their early try however was responded to well by Irish and a well worked team try was excellently finished by long-term injury returnee, centre Finnan. Fly-half Ollie hit the conversion. Score 7-7.
Thereafter strong Richmond play, combined with slow defensive line speed from Irish, saw Richmond establish a commanding lead. Two further tries brought the score to 7-17. Injuries further hampered Irish with flanker George and winger Alex both lost to knee injuries. Irish stayed competitive and excellent forward work and a line break from second-row Chris saw Irish mount a sustained attack within the Richmond 5m line. A series of snipes saw winger Anatoli cross the line but held up by stout Richmond defence. The lack of close support to ensure the try was scored, symptomatic of the slow reactions and intensity on the day from the Geese. H-T 7-17
[blockquote]Report from Trevor Burns
Images © Peter Graham and reproduced with permission[/blockquote]
The second half saw a very strong start from Richmond which continued through the half. Poor defensive shape and tackling by Irish was seized upon by a very fast, committed Richmond team which saw frequent line breaks and overlaps delivering a series of converted tries.
Irish rallied as full-time approached and a series of excellent runs from half-way, led by centre Finnan, saw Irish enter the Richmond 5. After several well executed and rucked pick and drives, scrum-half Killian saw a gap and went over from two metres out. Finnan kicked the conversion to bring matters to a close. F-T 14-50.
A wake-up call for the Geese after two strong wins. Commitment, shape and tackling can’t be taken for granted and will be rectified over the coming weeks. Question marks for the League also when a Premier League team roll en-masse into League 4 despite rules to the contrary.
Player of the Day: Stan
Goose of the Day: Johnny