Beauty and the least...
- Sunday, 02 October 2016
The 1st XV suffered their fifth straight defeat 48-7 at Chiswick yesterday but in the process scored a "beautiful" try to bring some brief cheer to the London 1 South struggle that sees them stuck at the bottom of the table as the only team with no points writes Brian Seeney.
The try came two minutes after the interval when wing Rory Penfold's pace finished off an interchange in which captain Wes Dugan was twice involved along with Kieran McRoberts and Alex Heron to slice open the Chiswick defence.
It was the best try of the day and for Gos the season so far and brought a smile to the faces of Head Coach Barry Bridgman and his assistant James Clayson.
"It was a beautiful try which is down to the work of James with the backs on Thursday night. When we go forward like that we do look good but we can't do it anywhere near often enough," said Bridgman.
"It was 20 minutes before Chiswick scored their first points and in the next 20 we managed to ship 22 and the reality of that was that I didn't think we were going to come back from that.
"We had the opportunity to score first and we butchered that and if we had scored first it might have been a different story.
"However we didn't and at the end of the day the scoreboard reflects that it was very fair result for them because they worked hard with a good lineout and good driving maul.
Rory Penfold's try - his second in successive games. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery.
"In the first half our tackling - specially our first up tackling - was lacking and our back row wasn't getting to the ball and we were struggling.
"In the second half we picked it up a little bit.
"We were badly disrupted by losing Alex Cooksley (toe injury) in the first 10 minutes - that probably ruined the shape of the backs and we were plugging holes with people which affected us quite badly.
"You try to plan for what happens when a back goes off but it just didn't work today. I thought Kieran McRoberts played well at 10 but that meant we lost a centre (Kieran) who played well in the centre last week."
Chiswick scored four first half tries, two converted in the 20th, 25th, 30th and 33rd minutes and kicked a penalty in the 38th minute for 27-0 at the break.
Any hopes of a comeback after the Penfold points and drop goal conversion by Nicholas Gallimore were dashed within five minutes as Chiswick converted three further tries in the 47th, 60th and 83rd minutes with Gos centre Kieran McRoberts off for a yellow card from the 65th minute.
It leaves Gos as the only side with no points at the bottom of the division with Dover and Brighton above them with one and two bonus points respectively. A chasm is already developing with Gos well adrift of the safety zone already only five games into the season...