L.S.R.G. 1XV vs. Te Werve
Last Sunday, the first super Sunday of the post COVID rugby season, the just relegated WRC te werve were the opponents of the 1XV. WRC te werve also knowns as the Banana peel team, given to them by Coach K, were known for having some great players and which always rock up 30 minutes before the game after which they smash you without any warm-up of some sort. We were warned and prepared very well in the weeks before.
As expected, we were already 20 minutes doing the warm-up while they just hit the changing rooms to prepare for the match. The game kicked off and we started on the back foot. Te werve had some good players among their forwards and backs which we needed to get used to. An early mistake and some passiveness in defence gave Te Werve the opportunity to score (5-0). Lets call it Leidsch kwartiertje as this ignited our game. Lonny and Bram lead up front and literally everyone followed and didn’t give an inch away in defence. We started setting Te Werve back in their attack and were pressuring them all over the field. Te Werve really wasn’t up for this and we scored twice in a row to get ahead of them. Nonetheless, Te Werve still had some classy players and after some silly penalties they could get back in the game (14-10). A important quality for playing rugby, typically not seen within the LSRG is the strength of the 1XV this year. While normally depending on strength in attack and some players with flair, defence and system play are the key qualities of this 1XV. This started to throw its fruits off as Te Werve got tired, as usual but normally can still rely on a few breaks or magic moment of there good players and our weak defence. This was not the case this game. We started smashing them and didn’t stop until the very last minute. The few times we had the ball we were either scoring tries or making a quick mistake. Nevertheless, we just didn’t give an inch away in defence. A perfectly run ‘Execution’ let us go into half time with a 21-10 lead.
The second half was more or the less the same as the end of the first half. We defended like lions, didn’t give away meters and waited for our opportunities. A perfectly ran ‘Rocket’ by our Boer Geertje (Stijn), got everyone by surprise, except Bob as he threw the ball in its arms, as he ran in from halfway untouched. Some cheeky line-out steals from Twin Towers (Sjoerd) even gave them less to work with. After this fluid gates were opened. Big carries by Dirk and Flip were left unanswered and gave us a big lead. Our just returned Zimbabwean center (Kyle) helped us to close the deal and with a perfectly ran Playstation with Sidestep Petey Steph du Koen on the end of it finished the day in style.
I can probably go more into detail and have probably missed to mention a lot of our players who also had a great game. Nevertheless, we won big time from one of the better teams in our competition and we did it as a team. I was mentioning also after the game that this is actually one of my first years were we are really relying on the team effort and every game someone else steps up while we just to be very reliant of one or two individuals for a whole season.
Enough said, honourable mentions for the whole squad as everybody gave it there all and got us the win. Special mentions go out to our team defence which gave us the win, and which was 100x better than the week before and next to that our Man of the Match Dirk who has a pain in the ass for Te Werve as they needed to commit at least three guys to each tackle and for scoring two tries.
Maurits, Aziz, the Moroccan bomb, Thomson