Old Millhillians 19 – 26 London Scottish Lions

The third entry for this year’s OMRFC literacy award from Rob Seger. Enjoy!

On what I can only describe as the coldest wettest day of this half of the year the OM’s dawdled up to headstone lane only to find a strange view, an opposition team bus in the car park armed with 4 coaches, one even with a radio piece in his ear.

Clearly the London Scottish Lions had fallen from grace to end up in Herts and Middlesex Div 2 against an OM’s team with only 15 men and 2 debutants.

London Scottish scored a quick first from a couple missed tackles (god knows who was playing 15 😳) and a pop off in the 1st minute, 0-5.

OM’s scored through a majestic try out wide with quick hands across the backline and George Fenton crashing through in the corner to make it 5-5. High defensive pressure lead to a wayward scrumhalf pass from Scottish that Oli Avent gleefully intercepted and ran in from the 22 to make it 5-12.

London Scottish striked back to make it 12-12, then an OMs pick and go from Joe Wray made it 19-12 to put us back in the lead.

This was followed by our newly annointed glorious leader Oli Avent getting sin binned for competing at the ruck which this ref decided was a non competition zone in the entire match.

Second half, London Scottish made to work for their try, several pick a go’s they finally cross the line 19-19

The inevitable injury in the cold and rain came to Ralph Murduck, off injured and we unfortunately ended up playing the entire 2nd half of the game with 14 men (not ideal) – however the OM’s fought valiantly holding off Scottish for waves.

However in the 2nd half they took a few plays from the OM’s play book and started kicking, eventually a cross field kick from them, covering tackle from James Davis-Roycroft, however good support lead to their fourth and final try 19-26.

Ultimately the rain, wind and cold didn’t really play into our hands for “OM’s Rugby”, well honestly it didn’t really play into the hands of any rugby at all (it felt like there were more knock-ons than passes). Also there superior numbers and (maybe?) organisation paid off, but it was a valiant effort from all the lads on a hard day.

MOTM: Joe Wray
DOTD: Robbo Seger

Oli Avent

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