The splendid Autumn weather lent itself to attractive rugby, and the 3rds definitely showed the same attacking intent as in our last fixture. Thankfully, after last weekend’s misfortune, Lady Luck was a bit more forgiving. Our support play, while not perfect, was improved and almost all passes went to hand.
The first half was a bit of a quandary due to our play being good without being great. It seemed that we couldn’t quite get into the next gear. Some good running and interplay saw Damion Spalding and Luke Masisire dot down for the 3rds. However, like sad puppies at a pet store window, we turned our backs on one or two tries begging to be taken. At this point, the 3rds were definitely in the driver’s seat, with our opponents putting in a valiant effort without looking threatening.
Ten minutes after the break, we still hadn’t found another gear. Still good, but not great. Despite some hard tackling from the opposition on our players, we held our composure and played our own game. Special mention to the front-row for managing to keep their composure after unrelenting pressure from their opposite numbers, and for an all round good scrumming display.
Damion Spalding dotted down at thirteen minutes, at which point we seemed to find another half a gear. Our slightly superior fitness and skill seems to have been enough to overcome “Ballie-Krag”, with Jet Valentine finding the in-goal area for the last try of the game.
All-in-all, the 3rds played as a team to put some good rugby on display. We walk away with a bonus point win, and the knowledge that this team still has at least one more gear to find. We keep moving forward.
VFC 26 (12)
Primrose 0 (0)
3rds Assistant Coach