Game 5, Semi-Final: Old Rutlishians
From Merton Park, south west London, Old Rutlishians must be feeding their kids something potent. A huge team for U13 level, looked daunting to some of the Bullets players and looked to have plenty of replacements to draw upon in contrast to Bullets.
Right from the start Bullets had their backs against the wall with significant and sustained pressure from a well organised and capable Old Ruts team. Bullets defended their try line like Trojans, with 9 scrums in the first half taking their tole on the forwards who dominated the scrum despite a considerable size disadvantage. This was an outstanding defensive display with two tries not given and Bullets surviving the onslaught to half time without conceding. Old Ruts continued to look dangerous and replaced some of their forwards with fresh legs for the second half, not a luxury available to Bullets. Bullets continued to defend magnificently but it seemed only a matter of time before this Ruts team would break away. The strongest team Bullets have faced, probably this season, found it hard to penetrate the Bullets defensive line but they succeeded twice in five minutes to secure a hard fought 12-nil victory at full time. Bullets were tired and battered after this hard fought and sportsman like game of rugby, acknowledged by the referee and by Old Ruts as the best of the tournament so far......just a shame it had to be Bullets last ever at Burnham- on-Sea, home of two previous tournament victories.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Buckingham were looking to win the Burnham on Sea Festival for the third time in a row until they went down to tries from Silas and the Bomber in the semi final. Here's their report on the game. It is pretty fair apart from the fact we didn't have any forwards at all on the bench by this stage and backs were being pressed into service in the set pieces,