A day to Forget for the T’s
Herts and Middlesex Div 2 was blown wide open at the weekend as the all-conquering T’s suffered at the hands of a battling Bank of England side. Few injuries and a squad shake up meant there were quite a number of new combinations for the T’s to get used to and in truth, the team never turned up.
A dry day and an immaculate pitch was the scene as the T’s were welcomed into the game by a big Bank of England pack and a strong running back line. Both sides felt each other out for the first quarter before Bank made the break through, turnover in the middle and quick hands saw the Bank winger go over in the corner, 5-0. Bank then suffered a sin bin and left the door ajar for T’s to claw their way back into the game. Two kicks to touch saw the ball 5 metres out and there was no stopping the T’s maul when it got going. Cokes the scorer with Joey superbly converting from the sideline. Disaster then struck as just as T’s were in the lead they saw it slip away. A big hit in the middle of the park and the ball squirted out only for the Bank prop to kick ahead and win the race to the try line. There was more drama to follow before the end of the half. T’s saw their team go down to thirteen men with both Seb and Joey given their marching orders a minute apart. Resolute defence meant T’s went in 12-7 down with 7 minutes to go before their full complement was restored. The message was clear, we haven’t shown up yet we were only 5 down, if we get through the 7 minutes the game was there for the taking.
Get through that7 minutes they did, with further strong defence holding out Bank on the T’s 22. They earned a penalty and it triggered a break away. Cokes taking a quick tap and breaking through the retreating defence before spotting the Gazelle like Jonno, eating up the ground to his left. A perfectly weighted kick sat up beautifully for Jonno to score under the posts. 14-12 and back in the lead. Again, however the lead was short lived as Bank exploited more weak defending and utilised their numbers to score in the corner. This was followed quickly by another as Bank’s prop dummied his way over. 24-14 and T’s were staring defeat in the face.
The fight back was non-existent, a battered T’s side went down inexcusably without a whimper. Another sin bin, this time for Cokes, led to a try and a penalty and ensured there was no way back for the T’s. There was still time for Bank to rub salt in the wounds with an intercept try at the death. Bank number 8 sliding his way over to the delight of the home crowd is a memory the T’s will store in their minds for the return fixture next year.
41-14, a Halloween nightmare for the T’s however a quick look to the league table shows them still sitting at the helm due to their superior goal difference. Saturday is forgotten, the boys now know this league needs a lot of winning and luckily this squad is up to the challenge.
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