Over the Hill and Far Away!
Wellingborough travelled to Camp Hill in the latest Cup game
For those that don’t know Camp Hill is situated in Birmingham and involved half of the team taking wrong directions and getting there in time to reduce the warm up to a quick throw around of the ball.
Boro kicked off and straight away Boro went on the offensive a great break from Chris Shipman came to no avail as the team seemed to forget that he can motor when in space. However, it wasn’t long before Boro conceded their usual early try, this time some good play from Camp Hill saw their backs released into space and the try was scored (CH 7v0 Boro). This try was closely followed by a drop goal attempt from the Camp Hill 10 which drifted wide.
The next passage of play saw an aggressive run from the Camp Hill full back who was stopped dead in his tracks by the hard hitting Pete Vickers. Boro realised that Camp Hill could be beaten out wide and a break by Luke Gardiner down the right was only ended by the covering defence getting to him just before the try line. Boro seemed to be getting the lion’s share of possession and it wasn’t long before Tom Mair made another break down the left hand side which again broke down. The crowd (well the Boro supporters) could sense that it was only a matter of time before the Boro reply came.
And it did through the second smallest player on the field, Luke Gardiner, a quick break down the blindside saw a miss pass thrown to Luke Gardiner who danced down the touchline, according to controversial touch judge Rob Armstrong, and rounded the covering defence to score the try and give Pete Vickers the opportunity to level the scores (CH 7v7 Boro). With their tails up Boro started to move the Camp Hill pack around finding gaps for the little men to exploit, Darrell Raynard showed good pace to round his man before passing to Pete Vickers who fed it on to the other small member Luke Gardiner who was tackled with the line not far away. However, Camp Hill had offended at the ruck presenting Pete Vickers with an easy opportunity to give Boro the lead (CH 7v10 Boro).
With Camp Hill picking on Craig Marshall at every kick off it meant that we actually started catching restarts loudly and it wasn’t long before Boro found themselves in the Camp Hill 22. This time the rarest of moments happened, a Boro drop goal, historians will need to check back for the last one that was successful, Pete Vickers stood back in the pocket and after re adjusting himself from a Ben Taylor pass he slotted the ball over (CH 7v13 Boro). The forwards, after the shock of not being flogged in the warm up, started to get on top in the set piece, solid scrums on our own ball meant that Ben Taylor and Chris Shipman could feed the backs easily and some good driving play also meant that Ben Taylor could harass the Camp Hill scrum half and back row.
By playing heads up rugby this week Boro could see what was on and one of these attacks saw Darrell Raynard released into a tiny gap, he exploded like a rocket and shot off down the left wing, ducking and weaving his way through the Camp Hill defenders he managed to beat three or four players on his way to scoring a deserved try, much to Pete Vickers and Craig Marshall’s anguish as both thought they were in better positions to score a try. The try was successfully converted (CH 7v20 Boro).
Camp Hill started to get a foot hold in the game and started to use their forwards to progress into the Boro 22 but some great defence from the forwards in particular Matt Ellson, Kyle Danns and Adam Lambert saw Camp Hill come away with nothing, but it wasn’t until the leaping Craig Marshall stole a lineout that Boro could clear their lines to halfway. However, this pressure began to take its toll and penalties started to mount up as Camp Hill attacked and with the half time whistle ready to be blown the Camp Hill 10 was given the opportunity to have a shot at goal which he took (CH 10v20 Boro)
Camp Hill 10v20 Wellingborough
The usual winning at half time chat took place about building on the positives of the first half and that if we got off to a quick start we could kill the game off, and then guess what, that’s right Camp Hill shot out of the blocks. Boro scrambled in defence but conceded a kickable penalty which the prolific Camp Hill 10 knocked over (CH 13v20 Boro). Some poor hands from Boro seemed to be causing problems and allowing Camp Hill to make more progress, however, it wasn’t long before some great attacking play from the backs after a solid platform was set by the forwards saw Luke Gardiner put into space on the right hand side, he lit the afterburners and scorched over to extend Boro’s lead which was stretched further after the conversion was kicked (CH 13v27 Boro).
Camp Hill started to focus their own attack through their uncompromising forwards and this saw them rewarded with a penalty which they converted to peg Boro back (CH 16v27 Boro). Boro answered back with a break from Pete Vickers which was pulled back for a block but a combination of solid defence and effective game management saw any Camp Hill attack thwarted. Frustration started to boil over and a Camp Hill player was sent to the bin for 10 mins for taking offence to Matt Ellson’s face and back, however, Boro couldn’t take advantage of the extra man. Another yellow card soon followed for Camp Hill due to not retreating from a quickly tapped penalty from Ben Taylor.
Boro with the extra players could now stretch the Camp Hill defence, a great break from Chris Shipman saw the ball chipped to the corner for Darrell Raynard to collect, intelligent play from Joel Smith saw him pick up the ball to make a thrust to the line, the ball was quickly passed off the deck from Ben Taylor to Pete Vickers who hot-stepped his way through the Camp Hill defence to score a try which was the converted (CH 16v34 Boro). The momentum was now fully with Boro who started to make more and more half breaks, one prominent player was Kyle Danns who drove the ball into the Camp Hill half sucking in defenders allowing Pete Vickers to attempt a cross kick to Luke Gardiner which was scrambled clear by the Camp Hill defence.
Still Boro came back again and another move where the ball made its way to Luke Gardiner was stopped. Off the back of another solid scrum the Boro backline put together one of the play book moves which saw Luke Gardiner race over underneath the posts to score his hat-trick try which again was converted (CH 16v41 Boro). Straight from kick off Boro attacked and this time it was Darrell Raynard who broke through the defence for and this time Kyle Danns was in support to reach and strrreeeettttccchhhh for the line for the try, although his initial reaction was ‘it wasn’t a double movement sir, it wasn’t, it wasn’t, it wasn’t!’ (CH 16v46 Boro).
The last moments of the match saw Camp Hill try to make inroads into the Boro 22, Craig Marshall was sent to the bin but Boro’s goal line defence prevented any score.
Camp Hill 16 v 46 Wellingborough
Luke Gardiner 3 tries
Darrell Raynard 1 try
Pete Vickers 1 try, 1 drop goal, 1 penalty, 5 cons (21 pts)
Kyle Danns 1 try
One of the best performances this season saw Wellingborough beat a tough Camp Hill side away, from 1 to 18 all the players involved put in a shift and definitely makes selection harder this week.
Although the backs can take the plaudits for scoring the tries it was based on a solid platform from the forwards with everyone doing their jobs on the field. When Wellingborough start to play with confidence it makes rugby look quite easy, correct decisions are made as players start to play with their heads up as they identify when and where to attack. This win means Wellingborough progress through to the next round which is on 3rd Jan, hopefully a favourable home draw will see us progress further.
Next week sees the league campaign resume with an extremely tough trip to S&L in Corby. This game offers a challenge which all the players are looking forward and we hope that as many of you as possible can travel to and watch.
Written by Matt Armstrong