The Evergreens game against the SOBS on November 27th
at Sullivan Heights Park proved to be a perfect day for
rugby (cold, windy and sunny).
The Evergreens turned up to the match with 10 players
that dressed in time for kick-off at 2PM, shortly after a
few Scribes players showed up to aid the Evergreens in putting on a full 15 side. All the while, the SOBS put out an army of players which included eight Abbotsford/Chilliwack players making there total of more than 23.
The game which included full push scrums and 15 min. quarters (4 total) started out at a fast pace, with the ball being thrown all across the pitch by both sides. All wingers were involved from the opening kick-off. The Evergreens had control of the SOBS for the first 8 minutes of the game and then errant passes along with missed tackles came into the game.
The SOBS scored first, followed by two more before the end of the first 15 min. Missed tackles and strayed passes contributed to the scoring by the SOBS. At the second 15 min., the Evergreens improved on tackling, but passes continued to effect the game. Finally with the full push scrums the Evergreens forwards pushed a set scrum over the line for the first try of the game for the good guys! The third 15 min., proved to be a very productive time for the SOBS as the ugly headed missed tackles came into play again and the SOBS took advantage scoring multiple times in the third quarter. Alas Ken (Rhino) Thomas had a break through at the SOBS line and was able to dump the ball off to a flying Brett Hay who went into score the second try of the game for the Evergreens. The 4th quarter was a lot of the same. (Actually, I am assuming as you will see by the injury report I left the field to take care of an wrist injury taking me out of action for 2-3 weeks).
Thanks to the Scribes (Marcus Tracy and Friends) and SOBS (Ritchie Eachert and friends) that came over to aid the Evergreens on putting a full side on the pitch at kick-off.
Overall, the game against the SOB's was a learning experience for all players. The overall score at the end of the day does not matter (and it was a lot to a little) as long as all players who strapped on the boots had a good time and enjoyed being on a open field pitch with the smell of grass and dirt on their jerseys.
Our next game we will host the Snowcaps.