A tough start for the Sharks boys!
After the opening weekend's heavy defeat to London Skolars, the squad were determined to put in an improved performance against National League side London Chargers. Chargers recently reached the second round of the Challenge Cup, a fantastic achievement.
There were a number of injuries meaning the Sharks took a depleted squad down to Old Blues RFC, which made a tough task even tougher; A squad of just 13 were available.
Chargers started with strength and determination, scoring out wide in the opening minute. Their structure and organisation was a joy to watch and is what the Sharks boys should aim for when training is attended adequately. Chargers were very quick to play the ball, Sharks struggling to control and slow the ruck down. This meant to more tries against a scrambled defense. 32-0 was the half time score.
Second half was an improved performance after some motivational words from big tackler, Rory Kassapian. Sharks managed to maintain possession and complete a few sets; several times going close to the line but with no end product. The final score was 60-0, a disappointing score line but with a few highlights. The return of coach, Sam Manning, performing well at hooker. An excellent debut from George Abbot student, Adi, topping the carry count in his first game of league. Another debutant, Nathan Spratt also tackled and carried well.
We will improve, Richmond up next! Also, a BIG congratulations to Adi who is our man of the match in his debut match!!!
Sam Manning, Coach’s comments: “After a lot of injuries picked up against Skolars last week, we struggled with numbers and experience against a well organised and structured Chargers side. It was a good and hearty performance from all the guys that turned up and all played right to the final whistle. Sadly, we were naïve in defense and with red zone panic we saw a very one sided score board. We have a lot of work to do to compete in this league!”
Ben Rodgers, Captain’s comments: “A tough day at the office for the boys against a very good and organised team. With only 13 players, in this league, we don't stand a chance. Full credit to the boys that played through knocks and niggles and stuck to the task for the whole 80.”
JV Garcia, Chairman’s comments “I am proud of the boys. We came to play a team we knew will be hard to beat but we were not ridiculous in the end. We need to continue working on fitness and finishing so we can score points. Our team is young but determined to win. I have big expectations next Saturday against Richmond, where we have a real chance to win.”