“The boys gave it there all today - but we just are lacking the firepower to penetrate and sutain the momentum right now ”
Michael "Rhino" Whitfield
Another tough day at the office on Saturday for the 1’s as we lost to Tring 10-31, making it two losses in a row.
In truth, but for our solid defence this score would have been a lot worse. From the kick off, we played down the famous Tring hill (which looked much less precipitous on this visit!) but for 20 minutes we could not get out of our own half. Wave after wave of Tring attacks were repelled by excellent Barnes defence. As the half progressed, despite suffering a harsh yellow card, we actually ventured into Tring’s half and put together a series of attacks, which allowed Charlie Wicks to slot a penalty, giving Barnes a very unlikely 3-0 at the break.
With Tring playing down the hill in the second half, they came out like a team possessed, adding real penetration to their waves of attacks, and scored four tries inside the first 18 minutes of the half. Game over. We were blitzed and for the rest of the half gingerly tried to recover some semblance of attack, our only points coming after Johan van der Poel intercepted and popped to the eager Robbie Martey who galloped away gratefully to score.
But that was it. Final score 31-10 to Tring. Tring thoroughly deserve the win
Barnes did not play badly at all, but right now so many injuries have seriously reduced our firepower in the tight, the loose, in fact everywhere on the pitch. Two further players in the first XV picked up injuries, which, if not rested, might well result in long-term absences. In the 2nd XV, we had a season-ending broken jaw to one of our 2nd rowers, from a deliberately-thrown punch (more of which later). We are 16 players light now in our 1st XV squad, all with injuries ranging from niggly recurring muscle injuries to season-long outages, it is frankly getting ridiculous. But we plough on, we won’t complain, we will just pick ourselves, dust ourselves down and start focussing on this Saturday’s game, at Barn Elms against struggling Towcesterians.
But we know what that means. It means do not underestimate, under any circumstances just how much this improving side from Northamptonshire will want to inflict more pain on us. We are a scalp people crave.
But Barnes is a special club, we laugh in the face of danger, in adversity we stand up and support each other, cometh the hour, cometh the Barnow. I have no doubt whatsoever that this merry band of green and gold brothers will grit their teeth, dig very deep and pull a big Barnow performance out of the bag this weekend.
Barnes 2nd XV
Whilst the 1’s were under the cosh at Tring, the 2’s weren’t playing too far away at Bishops Stortford and ended with a thumping win - the score was: Bishops Stortford 14 Barnes 41.
Whilst Barnes restricted their thumping to playing great team rugby, one of the Bishop Stortford players decided to take the more physical thumping route, breaking one of our players’ jaws so badly, with a blind-siding punch from behind, that he has just spent four days in hospital and now has countless plates in his face. We wish Guy Nuttall a very speedy recovery, with much love and support from us all at Barnes. As the offending player was rightly red-carded, and the case is now in the hands of the local police force, I can’t and won’t say that much. I do want to say, however, that there is no place at all in the modern game for such acts of violence. I sincerely hope that both Bishop Stortford, and the individual, feel utterly ashamed and go out of their ways to help Guy get back on his feet again.
The Vets struggled to get a full, and strong, squad together for Saturday when they travelled away to play Farnham Vets without a hooker and, in fact, played with uncontested scrums through out as a result. Something no discerning Vets front rower ever wants to happen believe me! The final score was the same as the 1st XV's with the Vets going down 31-10 in the end.
On Sunday 3rd December, Barnes Ladies fought out a hard contest with East London Ladies, the final score being 10 - 10.
This weekend we have another full set of fixtures at Barnes RFC.
As I have said, the 1st XV game against Towcestrians at Barn Elms on Saturday, is a real must win game for us. It is a 2pm kick off.
On Friday night, under the lights at Rosslyn Park, Barnes 2’s have a very tough game against Richmond, Vikings with a 7:45pm kick off.
Before the Friday night game there will be, of course; the obligatory Barnes RFC Minis Schools tournament, which our wonderful Barnes minis leaders are organising. Last time out, a couple of weeks back, there were 14 schools playing - who knows we might even top that!
Here is the full fixture list for Saturday:
Saturday 9th December
]• Barnes 1st xv v Towcestrians - 2.00pm KO
• Occies v Teddington 2's - 2.00pm KO
• Barnes Vets v London Irish Vets - 2.00pm KO
Sunday 10th December
• Barnes Ladies v Cuffley Ladies
Best of luck this weekend to all of Barnes' teams, and here's to four big Barnes wins!
Onwards and Upwards the Green and Gold!
Michael “Rhino” Whitfield
Chairman – Barnes RFC
Updated 10:21 - 12 Dec 2017 by Michael Whitfield