Any second team is the heartbeat of a club.
It's the level where we see players pushing for first team shirts but also the place where 1st team players will play to regain form or fitness. It also provides a platform where younger players can cut their Adult Rugby teeth.
There is lots of disruption when it comes to 2nd team rugby, and a key area here will be to make sure we go out and enjoy the game whislt trying to do things to the best of our ability and execute a club-wide gameplan.
Dorking 2nd team has certainly done that this season, with one of the best seasons for The Screws to date.
They have managed to score 457 points in 10 games and only concede 91.
Lots of credit will need to go to the leaders and the coaching team for continually ensuring the team enjoys their rugby while applying structure and strategy.
A couple of jars are never too far behind after a well earned victory.
Well done Screws.
Dorking v Richmond Normans Match Report
After a sporadic end to the year, The Screws headed to the RAG top of the league and in high spirits following some good performances and just the one defeat all season. Richmond have had the wool over Dorking’s 2nd team over recent games and given the selection of some deserving performers in the first XV in what was meant to be their game at home against Westcliff, and some late withdrawals due to illness, it was a very different looking Screws that made the trip.
We needn’t have worried however, the new look pack did more than a good impression of the forward unit that has been so dominant this year as from the kickoff, Dorking put pressure on the Richmond pack at scrum time in their own 22 leading to a scrappy attempt to clear swiftly followed by another one, this time the opportunistic Tom Budd back from his soirees across the Middle East and Scandinavia to block the attempted kick with his hooter before stumbling over somewhat dazed and landing on the ball over the line for Dorking’s first score of the day. A natural finisher if ever there was one.
It was a dominant display from start to finish with Dorking’s set piece providing platforms for attack and resolving the few errors made throughout the game thanks to awesome displays from Jay Koen and George Spreckley who both put in 80 minutes at prop. Young Henry Page made his first start at Number 8 and was unfortunate to leave the field during a promising first half due to a recurring shoulder injury. This opened the door for Daragh Chambers to show his quality from the back of the scrum with some dominant carries and his now trademark leg drive seeing him eating up the yards and he was rewarded with a try of his own.
Callum Watson capped off another fine display with another couple of tries to his name and potential jug avoidance with a hanging drop with the line beckoning, given this was before his two other tries we may let him off this time.
The backs, not to be outdone, were a class act in their own right. It was wonderful to welcome back Ali Reed from Loughborough Uni for a couple of games over the Christmas break and with him bossing the outside backs from 15, Killian Wilson putting on a kicking clinic from 10 including a 50/22 and 22/22 straight from a restart, all ably led by the outstanding Henry Smith at 9, it’s not difficult to see where a lot of The Screws’ success has come from.
Dan Riches is carving out a new shirt number for himself with some classy displays of his own at inside centre, both scoring and providing tries throughout the day and with Cam Osborne outside him you’d be hard pushed to find a more lethal strike force.
Ben McKenzie had one of the impact performances of the season so far as he bagged a hat trick coming off the bench as Rudy Jacques ran so hard he knocked himself out of the game, but like the famous "fire and ice” combination of the early 2000’s Pittsburgh Steelers running back corp of Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker, Rudy soften them up and B-Mac reaped dividends as he stepped and jinked and gassed his way to a fine trio of tries.
Richmond managed to get themselves a couple of meat pies but at which point the game was put to bed, ending up Richmond Normans 10 - 57 Dorking A.
Performance of the day went to the kiwi ref who upon seeing his pint was leaking, skulled it in good time and put in a great shift throughout the game. Daragh received the player of the day from captain and coach whilst Killian and Cam were gifted sambucca shots by the oppo as their respective performers of the day as well. All in all, a fine team performance and already a season they can be immensely proud of.
Team: Jay Koen, Callum Watson, George Spreckley, Ben Puttick, Tom Nairn, Will Goudie, Daragh Chambers, Henry Page, Henry Smith, Tom Budd, Killian Wilson, Dan Riches, Cam Osborne, Rudy Jacques, Ali Reed, Ollie Rawlinson, Olly Byers, Ben McKenzie