13 Man 2nd XV Come Up Short in Inverness
By Andy Johnstone
Last Saturday was the Jolly Boys' one and only bus trip of the season. When we set off on our journey North it was a bright spring morning, the sky was blue and the sun had its hat on... it was a great day for rugby. Unfortunately due to injuries and availability there were only 13 men travelling for the occasion. During our 2 hour drive North there was plenty of time to talk tactics and how we could take the game to ICD.
From kick off the Jollys took the game by the scruff of the neck and the first 20 mins was physical in both attack and defense. With our depleted numbers we managed to play mainly in our opponents half.
One obvious battle during the half was between the legendary "whaling baron"(cowie) and his opposite number who we will refer to as "blue hawk". BH was boring in repeatedly during scrum time. He actually received a technique lesson from the referee which was quite amusing and gave the baron a chance to comment on his inadequacy. Banter went back and forward over the next few scrums. The baron took this into the loose play and upon taking a rambo at a good speed advised he was going to smash the Hawk. As this played out Cowie was emptied and bust his AC joint. The JBs found them self from a bakers dozen down to 12.
During the first half we scored a converted try and also had 4 penalties from half way in which 1 was converted. Things were looking up until our winger high tackled his opposite man in the last 2 mins of the half and joined the inverness lad who had done the same 5 mins previous.
We were 10 points to nil starting the half with 11 men versus 14. To Inverness credit they changed their game plan and played the off loading game and scored 3 tries (none of them converted) in quick succession. As much as the JBs worked hard there was a period where we were 4 men down which was a bridge too far.
After 31 mins of the 2nd half the score was 22-10 to Inverness. One of the home team sustained a neck injury which resulted in an early finish to the game. Everyone from Gordonians wishes him a speedy recovery. Congratulations to Inverness Craig Dunain for adapting their game and securing a bonus point.
Notable performances goes to the inverness number 8 and substitute flanker however for the JBs there were 13 notable performances. Everyone played with commitment and endeavour. It is not often you walk off the pitch feeling immense pride having lost. I believe many men walked off the pitch proud wearing the pelican on their chest last week!
After a few post match drinks and great hospitality from Inverness we enjoyed a few sherbet's on the road back to the club house where I was suitably punished for my up and under box kick! (Inches from being perfect) My only defence was "the 6 nations has just finished and I have watched a bit too much TV!"