GUILDFORTD VETS 28 – LONDON IRISH VETS 24
Guildford Vets opened up their season and league campaign on Saturday when they welcomed London Irish vets to Broadwater and promptly played their get out of gaol for free card very early in the season.
Irish arrived at Broadwater with two games already under their belt prior to the encounter and it showed, as Guildford were slow out of the blocks (or was it that at least a third of the team were still recovering from the city lunch the previous day – you decide) and were dominated for most of the first half, only carrying out a handful of sorties into the Irish half. Guildford’s cause was further hampered in the first half by a couple of key injuries, namely to Ali Davis and Sam Worner and then the ref took exception to a hit by Ross on the Irish winger and flourished a yellow card at him. These proved pivotal as Irish raced away to a 19 – 0 lead by half time. Highlight of first half was Sam Worners attempted kick pass (as he had seen a few times in the morning during the RWC Q/F) to Phil Baker. Unfortunately Phil wasn’t on the same wavelength as Sam and stood there watching the ball sail past him and disappeared into touch. Nice idea Sam (dick of the day duly awarded) just give Phil a bit more notice.
Guildford regrouped at half time and came out in the second half firing on all cylinders and within 5 minutes Phil King had scampered over the white wash to dot down and record Guildford’s first points, duly converted by Charlie Mags. Spurred on by this Guildford upped the work rate and started to dominate the set piece and loose play turning over Irish on numerous occasions. Skippy then went over following a great break out of defence by Ross who offloaded to Macca, Macca raced away and as he was semi tackled by the Irish full back, he turned and popped the ball (Sonny Bill esque) up for the supporting Skippy who strolled over under the posts. Again converted by Charlie Mags. 5pts behind now and game on. Skippy then put Guildford into the lead with his second try of the day; Ross hoofed a huge kick up field which should have been easily neutralised by the Irish, however with both their full back and winger running in on it, they both broke the cardinal rule and let it bounce straight into the hands of the chasing up Skippy who gratefully took the ball, leaving the two Irish players floundering in his wake and dotted down behind the posts. Converted this time by Ross in front of the posts, Guildford now 21 -19 up. Wow what a come back. The icing on the cake was the rumble over by Ali Davis near the corner flag who had rushed in from full back to add his considerable plumage to the forwards rolling maul from an attacking lineout. With a stunning conversion by Ross near to the touchline 28 -19. Irish picked up a very late consolation try to make it 28 -24 at the final whistle.
Outstanding effort in the second half by everyone with injuries/return to the game by Chris Glass, Ali Davies and Sam Worner and Charlie Mags bravely struggling through an injury for an extra 15 minutes before Ali returned to the field of play.
Guildford Vets Scorers
Skippy 2 tries
Phil King 1 try
Ali Davis 1 try
Charlie Mags 2 conversions
Ross Brooker 2 conversions
Finally a big thank you to all those who came down to support the vets, much appreciated. Also special thanks to the bar and catering staff for keeping us watered and fed throughout the day, Keith for cutting up our half time oranges and Terry Maguire for running touch.
Guildford vets next outing is on FRIDAY 8th November when we travel to Old Reigatians.