Match Report 2XV vs RC The Bassets 3
After a big win, our next opponent was a team we hadn’t played so far. The Bassets had their team removed before the season began. But they managed to pull twenty plumbers, lumberjacks, plasterers and concrete workers together to form a team and play some games. So up we went, some by car, some by bike and some by bus to Sassenheim to play the closest thing that comes to a derby this season.
We had a strong line up with the likes of Mathijs vd Laan, Stijn and Vincent. And it was clear that the difference was going to be made by the forwards this day. The Bassets consisted of men weighing on average 110 kgs and although pretty old, knew how to play the game. This meant the game plan would be simple: try to hold where we can in defense, particularly the scrums. And when attacking, run around them instead right at them. Their lack of fitness would likely become an issue later in the game and our speed would burn them on the outside.
And the plan went masterfully well in the trash can for the first 10 minutes. We had one possession and lost the ball quickly. Then the men in white, brown and black marched up the field, dominated us in the scrum a couple of times and scored twice. Unable to convert they were 10 points up. But most importantly, we were woken up! And for the next 60 minutes we played great and showed what the Leiden Students are capable of. We managed to pressure the Bassets with faster line speed in defense. This helped us a lot because they started making knock ons and sloppy passes. They still dominated in the scrums, but it tired them more than it did us. The first who got over the try line was Dugan after the forwards did some hard work creating space out wide. And this was the pattern for the rest of the first half. In the meantime Dion,Stijn and Vincent also scored a try and in all four cases Jillis kicked the conversions. Special mention goes to Sonny Bill van der Laan who set Dion up for a try with a perfect back door pass. The score was a lot more healthy now: 28-10.
The second half saw no change in the first 30 minutes. The forwards ran around their opponents, creating gaps everywhere. And when the ball got in Jillis’ hands, he directed it the men outside. But the first try in the second half was not from good attacking play but from a great steal by David and then running the whole field. Luuk also got in by powering over the try line and so rewarding Vincent’s great run with 5 more points.
Dugan got in with a second try after a good run. But after Jillis missed his first conversion of the game, we also lost our concentration a bit. The Bassets would not lie down and play dead for the remainder of the game. On the contrary, they decided to stand up and gave us the lesson that a match is 80 minutes long. It helped them as well that David played by his own rules and made the same mistake three times in one game and was sent off with a yellow card.
So to wrap up, The Bassets scored twice and left the field with a good feeling about themselves. Even though the last word was ours with Dugan completing his hattrick. 54-22.
Big congrats for playing well this game. But I still want to point out some things we can improve on. When we defend our own rucks, we can be a bit more aggressive. We must attack them as they try to ruck us over. Don’t stand and wait, but step forward and stop them in their tracks.
Other than that: great tackling, good game awareness, strong running and lots of improvements overall!
Man of the Match: Koen. Uncatchable for The Bassets in his runs, set the example for the tackles and was all over the field. Good job!