This was an old fashioned game, played on a cold February afternoon. Surprisingly the pitch was in good condition when most around were covered in snow.
Veseyans started brightly with good pressure in defence forcing Yards into basic handling errors. This was rewarded early on when a penalty was awarded to Veseyans for Yards handling in the ruck. Griffiths slotted the penalty kick from 30 metres with distance to spare.
The game then swung in Yards favour, who having enjoyed some good possession slipped a tackle on the left wing to score in the corner. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 5-3.
The intensity of the Veseyan defence saw a turnover which was kicked back into the Yards 22. A solid kick chase put the home team under pressure and when a poor clearing kick was smothered Will Slattery bundled home on the corner for a simple try. The conversion was missed in a swirling wind.
This turned out to be the last score of the half.
The second half started much the same with Veseyans looking comfortable, albeit with a slim margin. However, the intensity of the collisions on both sides began to take it’s toll and Veseyans quickly lost three players to injury. Yards finally managed two tries, one converted, as their heavier pack began to make more in roads into the tiring Veseyans defence.
This was a full blooded contest, played in good spirit. On this basis Yards should avoid any further trouble at the bottom of the table and Veseyans should take huge credit from withstanding a barrage of forward carries without taking a backward step. This was a game that could have gone either way in what was throw back to old style dogged rugby on a cold winter Saturday.