Chocky Welcomes Stags

By Carlo - August 17 2015
Chocky Welcomes Stags And so it begins, a new stags season underway at BBOB in our first pre season friendly. Having passed through passport control unscathed a 17 + 1 spectator set about the task of taking on a hefty (polite) and committed BBOB.

With almost 30 players unavailable for selection through the club we had an interesting mixture of players to take the field ( only 3 natural outfield backs). Nevertheless this would not stop what would become a decent game and a good blow out for both sides.

It was clear from the get go where the strengths of both teams lay, BBOB with ' solid' one up runners and dominating the scrums ( 3 push over tries) and West attempting to throw the ball about and tire out there more experienced and rotund opponents. Unfortunately for the stags BBOB were able to do this on a more frequent basis aided by the good kicking from their 10 (5/6 conversions). We played some good rugby in phases and took first blood with a well worked try for captain Jimmy Tyo which would be one of two on the day to top a man of the match performance ( only cos nobody else was left in the Cos after the game!). Pantomime villain and long time West favourite Andrew 'chocky, the monster, two steps' Davies was prominent throughout and might have scored a couple of tries probably but I never paid too much attention. Unsurprisingly he managed to cause bother in the most friendly 'friendly' I've seen but I don't think he will change now and could still do what he does best at a higher level. We gave away some weight and experience to BBOB however the grit, commitment and determination particularly in defence was the most pleasing for the coaches. The centre partnership of back row family members Luke Mills and Wardy made yard after yard all game and defended astutely. Luke's other nephew came to watch and was soon required to put some kit on late in the game following Scotty Parker having to go to work and did a good job at full back.

The stand out areas for the coaches were the commitment in defence from the first to the last whistle, 7 players held up over the line all game including 1 in the final minute of the match. The introduction of the colts: Fraser ( prob spelt wrong) was outstanding in the second row and took a massive hit as he cut a quality line in the centre of the park. Elliot Angus, whom makes Stu Waites look like me, did not look out of place and smashed Billinghams Taz Pezler who was guesting at scrum half. Alex Kinnersley, fantastic defence and made a handful for tracking back tackles at important times and informs me he met 'the fists of chocky' in a ruck. Wardy playing at centre we've mentioned. Ben Armstrong playing at 10 for the first ever time was our man of the match, a young man short in stature but with the heart of a lion was unbelievable at times when defending against some solid, strong runners and accepting some flamboyant passes from the very good Baden 'the bat' knibbs.

Conor McClurg (pictured) was back to his best both in defence and attack and hope he will be knocking on the first team door at some point this season. Darren Parker and Crazy Craig both improved as the game developed and Darren will be a big miss when he leaves for uni in London Town in Sept!

Two last mentions for Fiji Joe at hooker, who had a very good game and snaffled some good ball and put a hard shift in, welcome to West Joe and Danny I' Ainson ( again prob spelt wrong). He returned to the club after playing as a junior and not playing the game for a while, he had an excellent game and is so keen to learn and so motivated, a fantastic debut.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention moment of the game: Spenner ( on the wing today) halved Chocky as he galloped to a certain try, similar to his hero chris robshaw of England. Me and Dicko almost wet ourselves in joy.

Loads of positives to take from the game. Cheers Lads.

Food ( amazing and prob why chocky has a kite now) : chicken curry, rice, chips, corn dog pie, quiche, gravy, mushy peas!! Sound.

Final Score: Shared 55 points
Refs: Ray Suth and Davy 'ding ding' Bell.