Over the weekend a lot of things happened. Miley Cyrus made an ass of herself on national television, children officially waved goodbye to what little was left of their summer and the Green Horde made their annual pilgrimage to the savage lands west of the city. Out of these three scenarios, only one had a happy ending.
That’s right Green Horde faithful, the ESRFC men once again bested their savage West Side foes and did so in grand fashion – with the A side scoring 38-10 and the developmental side following suit. Though the score showcases how the new-look offense of the Green Horde took apart their opponents, the match was far from perfect.
The new scrum engagement made the match seem that much longer and drawn out, especially for the forwards. Despite more passes going to hand than in the past, going over and over the new scrum cadence to ensure everyone was doing it correctly and being safe sometimes turned one scrum into three or four, especially towards the end of the match. As always, the Green Horde forwards took the hits and delivered the punishment, wheeling scrums and taking possession throughout the 80-minute affair.
The lineouts were just about flawless, despite the fact that two new setups were added just two weeks ago. The Green Horde came to each line knowing where to go and what needed to be done, and they executed to perfection for the most part. Issues hearing the calls over the roaring crowds on the sidelines but the men from the ESRFC adjusted and maintained their dominance at the line. They also made it their duties to disrupt every lineout the West Side heathens had, those that were straight anyway. Once a throw got over to the enemy’s side, lock Chris Fischer was tearing through the line to terrorize the scrumhalf. More often than not he ended up with the ball on some mad dash towards the try line. These big breaks not only led to gaining huge yardage but also set a solid platform for the next run of plays.
Unfortunately, the match did boil over at times, seeing both teams get issued yellow cards and tussles break out at a few points during the match. The official had to stop the action a few times to make sure things didn’t get out of hand and even chastised both teams for their behavior towards the end. Fortunately, the Green Horde’s newly elected leaders rallied their troops, calmed their nerves and made sure everyone played the game to their best. Once the nerves were calmed, the Green Horde went back to business and locked down the victory for the day.
When the developmental side took to the field it was some of the squad’s elder statesmen who took the limelight. Newcomer to the team, Gengo Sungawa, put up his first try for the club – but unfortunately he hurt his knee in the process. Geoff Gainford took to the pitch after a long hiatus with Andrew Park and Mark Derrickson in tow. The three of them solidified play and set up the younger players to make their own strides, score some tries and bring home another victory.
It’s safe to say Saturday was a good day.
The Green Horde has the weekend off from competition but continue to prepare for their next competition. Keep supporting the Green Horde.
See you at the pitch.