Falcons secure narrow win over Brentwood
By James Wyatt
Sunday 19th November 2017
WPRFC 8-7 Brentwood
The Falcons welcomed Brentwood on a fine day. Essex teams are known for their physical approach so after the battle with Southend last season your scribe was looking forward to seeing how Brentwood would compare.
The Falcons started the match with a kick downhill, and immediately their are big hits as each team attempts to assert themselves. Both sides are matching up but it is the Falcons who are slowly upping the ante with penalties coming their way. We can’t quite get the try our play warrants and Brentwood counter and it’s time for good defence from the Falcons, who withstand the pressure and make process up the pitch.
Another penalty is awarded to the Falcons right in front of the posts, now as the famous juxtaposition goes “all’s fair in love and war”, although it’s a friendly the Falcons go for the 3 points, which Max Hallett duly converts. 3-0
The first half comes to a conclusion following more physical exertions as both teams look for a try.
The second half starts and the teams are at each other. Louis Birch makes a stand out tackle that reaffirms the tone of rugby from the Falcons. Scrummaging is good, our ball carrying powerful, still looking for a breakthrough. The packs looking solid, but we aren’t getting the ball out wide quickly enough, some sideways runs and we’re compacting and squeezing our own line.
The Falcons put pressure on Brentwood and from their line out on their 22 their kick away is weak and finds Karim, a big powerful run and Karim scores a fine try, to give us a score we deserve. Conversion is missed, 8-0.
Now it’s time for the Falcons to defend and Brentwoods tails are up. The falcons are starting to give away penalties and two in quick succession allow Brentwood to kick, line out recycle and score under the posts and convert. 8-7
There are 3 minutes to go, each side vying for the winning score. The defence is resolute, and the falcons remain strong and the referee blows for full time, 8-7 final score.
The match was physical & both teams should be praised for playing the match in the right spirit of the game. Well done.
Dan O’Neill 0 from 1
Max Hallett 1 from 1
Penalties for WP: 14
Penalties for Brentwood: 12
Harry Wyatt was voted man of the match, congrats H.
Note for Mr Brelsford: Juxtaposition is not found in the karma sutra.