Match Report vs Copsewood RFC
By Paul Beasley
A really strong Guild squad went away to play local rivals Copsewood, who the Guild failed to beat in three attempts last season.
Head Coach Richard Jenkins was determined to continue the momentum of last week’s performance against Birmingham Exiles and get the win that this hard working Guild squad deserve. Six changes were made from team that started against the previous week against Exiles, but Rich Jenkins was still very confident he had the squad with the ability to beat Copsewood. Clayton Jones and Sean Curley made their 1st XV league debuts for the Guild, with Clayton starting in the No.7 shirt, while Sean was listed as one of the replacements.
The first half didn’t start how the Guild would have wanted. Copsewood started quickly setting up a strong platform with their forwards and their big runners from the centres. Constant pressure on the Guild line for the first half an hour allowed Copsewood to run in three unanswered tries, putting the score at 17-0. Trinity Guild were struggling to hold Copsewood’s strength in the scrum, brought by the experience within their forward pack, with the Guild were letting Copsewood’s slow aggressive game get under their skin, as well as the occasion. The Guild then threw away six kickable points by kicking to touch instead of at the posts, to try force themselves back into the game. When the Guild received a penalty in the Copsewood 22, Captain Macauley Jones opted to go for a try before half time and kicked to touch again. Thankfully this time Guild retained possession from the line out and pushed towards the line, allowing Number 8 Frankie Iaquinta to peel off from the back of the maul and crash over the try line to get Guild’s first points on the board. Full back Ethan Fox successfully converted the try making the score 17-7 at half time.
The first ten minutes of the second half were largely uneventful, with both teams taking time to set up a platform to attack, and countering each teams attacking options. With the Guild scrum still struggling up front, Coach Rich Jenkins decided to make changes within the Forwards, two of which were tactical, with Adam ‘Screech’ Smith’s ankle injury forcing the other substitution, bringing on James Clarke, Mick Dodd and Tim Lovejoy. This tightened up the Guild’s scrum, and allowed the team to gain some momentum and win clean ball from the scrum. After a good ten minute period from Trinity Guild, back row forward Nathan Fairchild crossed the white wash as reward for all of the Guild’s sustained pressure, bringing the score to 17-12. Unfortunately Ethan Fox was unable to convert the try with from a kick tight on the touchline.
The Guild had the momentum with them, and repeatedly pushed and challenged the Copsewood defence. After sustained pressure, Nathan Fairchild stepped inside the Copsewood outside centre and crossed under the posts for his 3rd league try in 2 games. Ethan Fox successfully converted the try making the score Trinity Guild 19 – 17 Copsewood. The Guild’s determination and defence held on to get the win, and the important four points that the team’s hard work deserved.
Coaches Comments – Well done Lads, a deserved win. We made it harder than we should have done and put ourselves under a lot of unnecessary pressure. We can keep this momentum up and move forward to the Rugby Wels game on October 1st. Were currently in a league position we wanted to be,