FULLERIANS 1st XV 18 Ruislip 12
Scrappy affair earns Fullerians the spoils
London 1 North
Fullerians earned this victory with guts and heart in this stop start game. Fullers started the brighter as they pinned their opponents in their 22 and pushed for the try. Wing Sam Shannon-Tinsley scored a fantastic try but poor positioning by the referee (and no TMO to go to) said otherwise. The resultant penalty saw Fullers kick for the lineout and then after repeated infringements the referee sent a Ruislip player to the sinbin. The numerical advantage worked as Fullers scored from a catch and drive at the line out finished off by hooker Drew Horne. Full back Dan Evans missed the conversion.
Fullers continued to dominate the game but lost the ball in contact or forced the issue and at every breakdown the referee blew his whistle for a penalty or free kick. Neither side could build any momentum as the game stopped and started which took any initiative away. Ruislip did eventually score against the run of play as they got wind in their sail and went up and used their big pack to crash over. All square at half time.
In the second half Fullers upped the tempo and did brilliantly working their way up the pitch. Camped on the Ruislip line there was a massive overlap but a wild pass read very well by the Ruislip fly half who intercepted and ran 90 metres to score. 5-12 to the visitors and it was looking bleak as Captain George Harvey was sent to the sin bin for a team repeated infringements.
Once again there continued to be a penalty at every breakdown and the game limped along. At full numbers Fullers increased the pace and were at last rewarded a penalty in front of the posts as Ruislip were caught offside. Evans converted for an 8-12 score line.
This young Fullers side built the pressure and once again got into good field position. From the line out and wonderful backs move saw Dan Evans pick a great angle to score to the right of the posts. He converted his own try for a 15-12 score.
Ruislip could have levelled the score as they were also rewarded a penalty but the kick went wide. The increasing penalty count on both sides now went Fullers way and they once again marched up field into the Ruislip 22. For their efforts Fullers were awarded a penalty which Evans kicked for the final score of 18-12. They then saw off the game after receiving the ball from the kick off, ran the clock down to secure the win.
“We had Ruislip on the blocks in the first 10 minutes but let them off the hook. This was a stop start game and no side were allowed to build any momentum. However, we didn’t panic when we went behind and got back into the game to win the match with all 18 players contributing to the win.” commented Fullerians head coach Rich Hoskins.
Team. Barson, Horne, Trybus (Williams 60), Boyd, Kerr, Murray (Molloy 40), Barrett, Harvey, Espin, Jacobs, Shannon-Tinsley, Toon (Beeston 60), Mann, Maher, Evans.
Man of the Match: Dan Evans