‘Bridge made the short trip to Ringwood (Poulner) school with a strong 13.The 2 teams know each other really well as we joined up throughout last season and played 4-5 times. It’s always a close, physical game.
‘Bridge had no time to prepare, and once everyone had arrived the game was underway.
With ‘Bridge being short on players, Ringwood agreed since they have a good relationship, they would lend ‘Bridge a couple of players to make it 15v15.
‘Bridge received the KO and went straight into the attack making good yards through the backs and the forwards giving a clean ball, for the ‘Bridge backs to build on.
Trying to play fast rugby in a down pour resulted in handling errors, the front row having a big shift all game.
After 15 minutes ‘Bridge got the break through, camped in the Ringwood’s 22m for majority of the next 15 minutes. ‘Bridge kept it tight to score close to the posts. The conversion was successful.
From the restart ‘Bridge again made good yards and spent some time in Ringwood’s half. Ringwood giving away a penalty, ‘Bridge took the 3 points. This is when the momentum changed. ‘Bridge being over confident tried to attack from their 22m, not clearing their lines (like the 1st) gave away a penalty. Ringwood kicked to the corner.
From the line out which was “11v11”, ‘Bridge held the on coming drive only for a Ringwood player to split off and score in the corner.
Second half could only be described as a scrum fest with handling errors from both teams as the rain poured down.
Ringwood started as the strongest side and got an early try taking the score to 10-10. ‘Bridge not clearing their lines and giving away a penalty allowed Ringwood to use their heavy pack to make yards until ‘Bridge ran out of defenders. There were no more scores in the half.
‘Bridge played some good rugby and had majority of the possession but unfortunately couldn’t convert and making handling errors in key areas. Credit also has to be given to Ringwood’s defence.
‘Bridge maybe need to look at the conditions and position of the field before playing the fast flowing rugby the club has built its reputation on.
A really positive first 2 weeks in a row. ‘Bridge's defence and line speed is at a high quality and the forwards worked extremely hard against Ringwood’s much heavier forward pack which meant the weather certainly was in their favour.
Thanks to the Ringwood players who played for us and we look forward to more matches with our local rivals (friendly rivals)
2 points for both teams.
Next week ‘Bridge travel to Basingstoke.
Try scorer - Tristan Grosse
Con & Pen - Ben Wordley
Report written by Ed Douglas, U15s Coach