Five Ways 2nd XV pick up win in first game of season
A strong perfomance sees Five Ways 2nd XV beat neighbours Kings Norton 2nd XV
As the 1st team game against Birmingham Exiles was postponed to October 17th, all eyes at The Masshouse turned to the 2nd XV pool game against neighbours, Kings Norton. Players had the opportunity to try new positions, including converted centres James Mounter and captain Liam Charles on the flanks, Dave Eckley moving to the back of the scrum and flanker John McGlade having a go at 13. The experiments worked well as all players had a great game. Thanks go out to Sean Moloney who came down for a game at prop, and congratulations to Alex Powell and Chris Poole for making their debuts on the wing.
The game kicked off with Five Ways receiving the ball. Big carries came from Tom Densham and Russell Horton from the second row from the kick off, making good ground each time they touched the ball. The lightweight pack was punished in the scrum, being pushed back by the much heavier Kings Norton pack, but in the loose their mobility was evident, as from 1 to 8, players made turnovers and tackles all over the park.
When Kings Norton had the ball, they made the mistake of kicking directly to the pacy backs, especially Sam Bosley at full back, who scored a try and 3 conversions. Wingers Ryan Newberry and Chris Poole tackled well and made breaks, while centres John Meredith and John McGlade showed their class and scored superb individual tries each. Halfbacks Luke Jones and Joe Brook controlled the game well, with Brook scoring a try for himself.
Experienced forward Aiden Ruddock came on with instant impact, almost scoring a try with a break down the wing, only to knock on five metres out. Tom Dacre came on late in the second half to add to the pack, while Martin Harrison and Alex Powell gave the backs some fresh legs.
The game was unfortunately called short, after a strong tackle on Ryan Newberry, left him with some tendon and ligament damage. All of us at Five Ways wish him a speedy recovery.
All in all, this was a great victory for Five Ways, with great performances across the park. Many selection headaches were raised with players putting their hands up for first team rugby in new positions.