The Wild Geese played Westcliff in Southend on Saturday 20th February in National League 3 and the outcome, as predicted, was never really in doubt. The Wild Geese were victorious by 26 points to 9, which means that they keep their 9 league points differential over their nearest challengers – Tonbridge Juddians – picking up the customary bonus point along the way.
The playing conditions were what one would expect on a winter’s day at the seaside i.e. windswept. Westcliff played with the elements in their favour in the first half and briefly threatened a turn-up for the books, kicking 3 penalty goals, with no reply, to go in to a half-time lead of 9-0. However, that all changed in the second half with George Owen scoring a hat-trick of tries, two of them converted by Ollie Turner. Seb Rodwell also scored a try, converted by Turner, to make the final result a comfortable win.
[blockquote]Report by John S Hunter[/blockquote]
The race for the league title has become something of a two-horse race as 3rd placed East Grinstead are more than two bonus points wins behind the Wild Geese with 6 games left to play. All the omens are good with the break coming up for next Saturday’s international and a tough, but exciting, run-in to the league championship. A word of warning: 4 of the remaining 6 fixtures are away from home and the next game is against … East Grinstead (away)!
Congratulations are also due to the Nomads, who leapfrogged London Cornish to go into 3rd place in the RFU Zoo Sports Shield Div. 3, winning a close encounter against them by 20 points to 17 at Hazelwood.
London Irish Wild Geese: Charlie Connor, Mike Bunn, Jerry Cronin; Michael Jones, Andy Evans; Brent Jones, Scott Moore, Darren Livett; Tom Barker, Jordan Gott; George Owen, Seb Rodwell, Ben Kitching, Tom Richards; Ollie Turner. Replacements: Eddie Fraher, Liam Martin, Pete Hodgkinson.
[blockquote]Pictures © Nick Moore and reproduced with permission[/blockquote]