2nd XV Beat Local Rivals Wanderers
By Ally Gill
Last Saturday the JBs hosted Aberdeen Wanderers 2nd XV at Countesswells. After the previous weeks hard fought loss to ICD with just 13 men the boys had high hopes of securing a second win against the Wands this season.
Although it was very sunny in the lead up to the game, come kick off a mix of very heavy rain and hail greeted the two teams and turned pitch 3 into a mudbath. From the offset, the Wands made their intentions well known with a gruelling 2 hour warm-up. The JBs on the other hand went for more of a ‘relaxed’ approach to ensure they weren’t too worn out before the game started, with Nick Andrews and Chris Mollison setting the best example by showing up 45 minutes late. This proved to be a sound plan as the JBs got off to the best start possible with some good hands and a converted try in the first few minutes of the game by Ally Gill.
The JBs continued to apply the pressure for the rest of the first half with 3 more tries: 2 from Matthew Robson and 1 from Seb Davies, 2 of which were converted by Gill.
With some big hits being put in around the park by the JBs, the Wands just didn’t look like threatening the JBs try line. While providing a stubborn defensive line, Ciaran Marshall and Ron Evans attempted to tackle the same player and clashed heads, resulting in a cataclysmic, hit resulting in the Wands player spilling the ball. The JB’s were then able to go on the attack but unfortunately Ciaron were a ‘little’ bit behind the pace as they counted stars for next few minutes.
Despite the barely escaping their own 22 and being on the wrong end of the scoreline, the Wands number 8 (a poor man's David Ilyine) was very excitable individual indeed, using every opportunity to shout his head off about how they had us in every area of the park, until he was kindly reminded that they were “still in fact 4 tries down with very few scoring opportunities being created” (PG version of this quote)….
The JBs went in 26 – 0 at half time.
The JBs started the 2nd half well again with AJ running a sickening line, however in all the excitement of having the ball and space, he got far too giddy and fell over but not before Toby was able to receive the offload and run in for a converted try under the posts.
The rest of the 2nd half was a different story though and the Wands came back at the JBs as we battled to get out of our own 22. Both sides struggled at times with a wet ball but DOTD went to Ally Gill who decided to drop the ball 5 meters from our try line, resulting in the Wands piling over for a try. To Wands credit, this was the first of 3 second half tries as fought back but this wasn’t enough to worry the JBs who stuck to their game plan throughout the game and came away well-deserved victors in less than ideal conditions.
The game finished 33-17 to the JBs.
Aberdeen Asset Management Man of the Match was Matthew Robson for his 2 tries and booming hits on the Wanderers back line throughout the game.