Veseyans Rugby welcomed an Old Yards side in good form to the Memorial Ground, on a windy and wet Saturday afternoon.
Although the rain had subsided by the time kick off came round, a strong wind blew into the hosts face during the first half. It was the wind that would have the most impact on the style of game on show. Veseyans found it difficult to put together their kicking game and chose to run the ball much more than they ideally would of liked, and Yards were able to keep them pinned in their own half. The first half went by with plenty of endeavour from both sides but with neither side really threatening the others try line. Yards did manage to convert a penalty kick, giving them a 3-0 lead at half time.
Veseyans used the wind to good effect in the second half, with the bulk of the action being played in the Yards half. An early penalty was converted by fly half Chris Cheney to take the game to 3-3. Yards soon realised, as V’s had in the first half, that kicking into the wind wasn’t going to be effective and showed some good desire to run the ball, their fly half in particular making good use of the chip and chase and providing a couple of good line breaks.
Yards last real threat to the V’s line was a song driving maul that was well controlled for 10m and looked destined to go over, before a break out pack was called back for obstruction. For the final 15 mins of the game, Veseyans took control and largely kept Yards pinned in there own half. First, Cheney extended the lead with a routine penalty in front of the sticks, before a prolonged period of pressure led to centre Matt Hipkiss crossing for what was to be the only try of the game, Cheney wasn’t able to convert.
With just enough time for the kick off, Yards worked tirelessly in search of the losing bonus point but Veseyans held out for a well fought victory. They will surely be pleased with the solidity of their set piece, and Hooker Dan Lock put in a fantastic shift to earn Man of the Match.