Pinner and Grammarians RFC U14s travelled to Tring on Sunday, knowing only a win with a try bonus point would get their season back on track after losing in the league game 2 weeks ago at Bishop Stortford.
The game was played in ideal conditions for running rugby. Pinner kicked off and a good follow up contained Tring in their own half. Both sides fought hard for the ball and the first try came from Kai Gordon for Pinner using his strength and pace to beat a number of Tring defenders down the right wing to touch down under the posts to give Freddie Hart and easy conversion and Pinner a nil-7 lead.
The lead was held for long as Tring put pressure on Pinner and after a couple of scrappy break downs and some weak tackling Ting scored a try close to Pinner’s right touchline. Trings kicker made a brave effort but the ball fell short leaving the score 5-7 in Pinner’s favour.
Following some further close rugby with both sides threatening each others try line, some great rucking by the Pinner forwards allowed the backs to ship the ball to outside centre Ryan Healy who burst a couple of tackles to score under the post giving Freddie another easy conversion, 5-14 to Pinner which remained the score at half time.
Tring kicked off the second half and were immediately put under pressure by an ever dominant Pinner team who were beginning to control the game in all areas and it wasn’t long before Kai burst a number of tackles down the right wing to score his second and Pinners third try of the game under the post. Freddie Hart, now minus his favourite kicking tee, duly converted putting Pinner in to a commanding 5-21 lead.
It wasn’t long until the Pinner got the fourth and bonus point try when Ryan again used his strength to burst past the Tring defence and score a try under the posts, which Freddie, still minus his favourite kicking tee, duly converted, 5-28 to Pinner.
Charlie Gascoine, playing back in his favoured position of number 8, added a fifth try for Pinner when he ripped the ball from a Tring attacker during a maul between the half way and their 10 metre line and burst down the left wing beating the winger and full back to crash over near the corner flag. Freddie, now no longer caring about what he kicked the ball off, slotted the long range conversion to make it 5-35 to Pinner.
Pinner taking more confidence took the game to Tring who were now visibly losing their confidence and discipline. Pinner looked to have scored their sixth try when Taylor Goodman powered over the Tring try line driving two Tring defenders with him only for the referee to rule the ball held up, no try, but as Taylor had driven over the Tring line, so Pinner had the put in to a 22 scrum.
With the game being completely dominated by Pinner at this stage and with about 5 minutes left on the clock Pinner held the a scrum and then drove Trings back the Pinner pack quickly worked the ball to the back of the scrum where Charlie picked up at the back and ran uncontested over the Tring try line to give Freddie another difficult conversion attempt which fell just short [maybe he was still missing that kicking tee] leaving the final score at 5-40 to Pinner.
The boys have given themselves a massive boost with only two league games, both at home, left of the season to get promoted two seasons in a row.
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Expectations were high for P&G’s encounter with local rivals Watford. A bonus point win would see Pinner go to the top of Herts / Middlesex Division 3. The home side started well enough but with many changes caused by injuries in the previous match early team coordination left much to be desired. Three penalties in the first quarter of an hour inside the P&G 10 meter area were all kicked by the Watford fly-half posting an early 9- 0 lead. The visitors were now full of confidence and running the ball with some purpose. Another penalty in front of the posts was quickly taken whilst P&G’s were not alert. A try resulted on the left and the extra points added. Pinner’s cause was not helped when their powerful no 8 Andy Alexander was yellow carded for holding back an opponent. A Pinner attack broke down and Watford fly-hacked ahead getting the luck of the bounce to score their second converted try. On the half hour Pinner were awarded only their second penalty which was slotted over by Fred Riley. With half-time approaching the powerful Watford forwards set up a driving maul to score the third try and make the score 30 – 3 at the break.
Pinner started the second half with much more purpose and greater coordination. The teams appeared evenly match with the home side dominating much of the play. However injuries to key players again caused disruption. There was no score for nearly half an hour when Fred Riley kicked his second penalty. This gave the home side more confidence and several promising attacks developed. In one of these P&G lost the ball in the Watford 22 and the visitors broke away at speed with support to get their fourth and bonus point try. The coordination of their backs and drills of their forwards showed the benefit of being able to train under lights the opportunity for which the home side is denied. Pinner had their best chance to add points when winger Fred Riley intercept a Watford pass in his own 22 and sprinted deep into visitors half before being caught by an even faster defender. With this chance gone the visitors great fluency resulted in a further final try to bring a the score to 44 – 6 to the great disappointment of the home crowd.
Pinner, visiting promotion rivals Old Isleworthians on Saturday suffered another frustrating afternoon. In the last two seasons P&G’s were pipped in the closing minutes of their matches. This time a serious injury to prop forward Lee O’Callaghan disrupted the match for 50 minutes. Early exchanges were fairly even but with the home side, playing with the slope, having more territorial advantage. Neither side generated any scoring opportunity other than a missed penalty by the O I’s fly half. After about 15 minutes a scrum on the half way line collapsed and O’Callaghan appeared to have damaged his knee. With the replacement on the referee allowed play to continue even before the P&G player could be help to the touch-line. A few minutes later the player went into shock and the game was suspended whilst first of all the paramedics arrive and then an ambulance. Play was held up for 50 minutes and with the light failing the referee decided that he would abandon the first half having only played 19 minutes and restart the match with the second half. P&G’s were unhappy with this decision and many on the touch-line doubted if the game could be finished safely.
In the second half P&G’s played with great spirit and no little endeavour spending more time in their opponents half. Pinner had a chance of a score but rejected a kick at goal. Attacks by both sides were easily nullified by strong defence. Several powerful drives by the forwards eventually broke down but kicks from deep by full back Chris Jepsen often looked promising but many went into touch on the small pitch. With about 15 minutes to go Old Isleworthians were awarded a penalty on the P&G 22 and this time their fly-half made no mistake. This appeared to be going to be the only score. The P&G fly-half Chris Hall, attacking on the right chipped over the defence to produce a possible scoring chance. He was illegally held back and after saying a few words with the offending player he, and not the guilty man, was yellow carded by the referee whose general management of the game left much to be desired. All now looked up for the visitors but Chris Hall was to have the final say. With minutes to go and in almost darkness Pinner won a line-out on the O I’s 10 metre line. Scrum half Sam Heath got the ball to Hall, now back on the field, who drop-kicked magnificent goal from 35 metres to equal the score at 3 all. Probably a fair result in the circumstances.
Pinner travelled away to Fullerians for their second league match of the season. Pinner started the day with a strong squad size of 16 players, however by the time we were at Fullerians we were at a squad size of 13 due to sickness and family commitments. Pinner was not put off by the fact that they would have to field their 13 players against Fullerians 15 and 6 subs. The game started with both teams trying to assert themselves with some great tackles and running support play. Suddenly a break in the play and a powerful run from the half way line by Josh Parker Brice saw him tackled 5 meters from the try line his momentum took him over with a stretching twisting score the first score to Pinner with no conversion. Fullerians were pushing forward and trying to get onto the scoreboard not helped by handling errors from both sides. Pinner got another break leading to the second try courtesy of Sam Alexander and his huge physical handoffs. Fullerians were not going to give this game up easily and scored a try to end the first half setting the score at 5 – 10 in Pinners favour.
The second half started with the same vigour and determination from both sides the first score of the half went to James Nye, picking up the ball moving at pace, no one got near him as he strode half the pitch to score under the posts. In response Fullerians confidence grew and they worked hard to score a try from a scrum close to Pinners try line using the overlap they had due to team numbers. A few more knock ons and hard tackles from both sides and once again a darting run from James Nye to score his second try of the game. He was not content with scoring two tries, James Nye went on to score a third try all were converted. Pressure came from both sides but Pinner managed to keep the upper hand, helped by lots of encouragement from the parents. The game was coming to a close when just as we thought it was over, Sam Alexander crashed through the opposition with his now signature handoffs, to score his second try which was converted, then the final whistle blew. A great team performance brilliant support and attack play from all of the Pinner RFC boys making this very much a team victory and well-deserved win for Pinner.
The final score Fullerians 12 Pinner 38.
A big thank you as always goes to the coaches Paul and Tom for their guidance and dedication and the parents who made the trip to support the team.
Report Lloyd Alexander
Festival at London Scottish 17th November 2013 U12s.
It is customary for Pinner to make a slow start at festivals and usually use the first game to find their feet, especially as many of the players had not played together as a team. The first game reflected this; and Pinner were not playing at their best. Pinner lost the 1st scrum and from some excellent forward play London Scottish took the lead. From the restart, Pinner became frustrated with themselves, missing tackles and making passes that didn’t go to hand. A change in fortunes came when they upped their game and begun to play with more conviction. Despite some great tackling, Ciara Evans in particular, combined with some fantastic attacking moves, Pinner were unable to score. London Scottish dominated the game. The final score was 47 – 0 to London Scottish.
The second game against Harringey Rhinos was totally different and Pinner came back with vengeance. They passed the ball with precision allowing players to move the ball to all areas of the pitch. The scrum started to gel and began to dominate allowing the scrum half time on the ball and deliver some great passes which widened the play from side to side. All the children played as a team and held their positions well. The tackles kept coming and we had developed line out strategies which, again helped with ball retention. The increase in positive movement and perfect passing meant that Pinner were now committed to the win, the try line began to be peppered with Pinner players who pushed the score along throughout the game; Josh Maloney and Manitou Lee scored fantastic individual tries and Luke Selby added to the score with two further tries. Haringey Rhinos came back with a try but Pinner remained strong. The final result was 28 – 5 to Pinner. Max Fullerton converted all tries in true Max style.
Callum St John played at number 10 and finally realised why he was put at number 10. He pushed Pinner deep into the oppositions half on many occasions with tremendous kicking and with Reece Connolly making monumental runs chasing the ball covered the length of the pitch several times! Majeed Muhammad again, made some great interceptions, followed these with terrific passes his team players. Ibrahim Khurshid continued with his fearless tackling and in the scrum his role as second row allowed Pinner to dictate the play. Guru Patel supported his team players with some great passes, which lead to Pinner scoring tries. Jameel Seidel tackled hard as always, preventing the opposition from reaching the try line often completing a succession of two and three tackles in seconds.
Harry Shaw made some outstanding interceptions and with various determined runs changed the oppositions game plan, there passing was somewhat shaken and reverted to pop passes instead of the free flowing play they used in the first half. Mike Murphy and Joseph Holden helped balance the team with overall stamina and experience of playing in previous festivals; outstanding play from both.
Well done to all of the team who played some terrific rugby. A big thanks to the coaches Callum, Paul and Richard who supported them so well and of course the parents who supported the team.
Images from the festival are located in the gallery section – this is password protected
We look forward to the second leg of the competition on 8th Dec 2013 at Ealing Trailfinders, look out for emails and respond as soon as possible please.
Pinner RFC will be holding a schools Rugby fun day on Saturday 30th November at the Pinner Rugby Club, Shaftesbury Playing Fields,
Grimsdyke Rd, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 4PW. Where a number of local schools will be attending – years 6 to 9.
Hatfield were the visitors at the Shaftsbury Playing Fields on Saturday in a revived grudge match which promised a good old fashioned arm wrestle. The rain eased off just in time for the kick-off and allowed fans to gather from both teams.
Pinner & Grammarians kicked off and immediately put pressure on the visitors by regaining possession and surging into the Hatfield twenty-two. The opening exchanges were very physical with both forward packs looking to stamp their authority on the game. The P&G forwards and backs combined well to retain possession and winger Chris Hall was able to find enough space out wide to sprint down the touch line for the games first try. The conversion was missed, but the early score put the home side in the driving seat and the pressure continued with Pinner & Grammarians able to again push up field into the Hatfield half.
The Pinner & Grammarians offloading game was proving very difficult to stifle and the flowing play exposed a couple of cracks in the Hatfield defence and Dan Muckley jinked his way through the attempted tackles to dot down for another Pinner & Grammarians try. Freddie Riley missed the conversion but found the mark minutes later with a penalty kick to put the score at 13-0.
Hatfield showed great determination to get themselves back into the game and sustained the pressure through forward drives and direct backs play to find themselves on the P&G try line. The home side defended bravely and kept them out for phase after phase until Hatfield found the numbers to beat the scrambling defenders for captain Leon Ellis to score in the corner, with Conan Hoey adding the extras from the kicking tee.
The second half began with just as much intensity as the first, with Pinner & Grammarians desperate to put the game beyond the reach of the visitors. Some good passing from fly-half Fraser Allan and impressive offloads from full-back Chris Jepsen and Riley on the wing, combined with the industrious work rate of flanker Dan Smith put P&G on the front foot deep in Hatfield territory. The home side penetrated the defence on numerous occasions only to be judged the ball had been held up over the line. Eventually however the ball was worked wide to Kit Smith who finished well and secured another five points, the conversion came back off the upright, but again Riley found his groove to slot another penalty moments later.
Another try from Chris Hall in the corner of the pitch sealed the four try bonus point for the home side but it was clear the unrelenting pace had taken its toll on the Pinner & Grammarians forwards. Although P&G had dominated all game, the closing stages saw Hatfield make a last ditch effort take them on a rampaging run up field and using big runners they pushed towards the try line, only for the referee to blow the whistle for a full time score of 26-7.
A spirited display from both teams and possibly more excitement for the spectators than had been seen at Twickenham that day… although not quite as entertaining as the P&G RFC Pop-Idol competition that evening.
In the shadow of Saracens’ Allianz Park stadium in Barnet, Pinner & Grammarians took on Mill Hill in the driving rain. Spectators braved the wind and rain in conditions which would have sent viewers rushing back to the club house, had it not been for the tense match on show.
Both sides have tasted victory in recent weeks and wanted to continue that run of form. However the relentless rain did not allow either team to exhibit their preferred styles of rugby, keeping the play tight and the ball safe was going to be the order of the day.
P&G started the match strongly and pushed Mill Hill deep into their own half with a driving maul, and set up camp on their five metre line. The home side rallied strongly, and despite the barrage of big ball carriers from the visitors they were able to keep the P&G attacks at bay. The defence’s hard work was rewarded with a penalty offence at the break-down allowing Mill Hill to clear their lines with a kick to touch.
The rest of the first half continued to entertain the dedicated crowds with hard play from both sides, and fewer unforced errors than could have been expected with the ball growing increasingly slippery. Mill Hill had a couple of shots at the posts going astray with the wind no doubt playing a factor, and the half ended with nothing on the scoreboard.
The Second half started with the same energy as the first with good solid play, with P&G able to string phase after phase together and keep the pressure applied, only to be denied by a knock-on or the referee’s whistle. The visitors added some fresh legs to the field and it may just have been what was needed, as for the first time in the game it looked like Mill Hill were starting to crack under the strain. After some hard graft from the P&G forwards the ball was spun out wide to Andrew Alexander who cut a great running line, allowing the big Number 8 to run in the game’s first try from twenty metres out. Chris Jepsen added the additional two points from the conversion to put the score at 7-0.
Mill Hill surged back into the game with several big scrums and brave play but were never able to penetrate the P&G defence. The game finished in the same manner that it started, with both teams fighting hard for possession and crunching tackles coming in from all angles, but by the eightieth minute both sides were spent. The referee blew up for full time on a game which displayed hard work, grit and enthusiasm in abundance, which was not reflected in the score line.
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls Pinner RFC is proud to present a night of pure entertainment. In connection with Les productions and P&G RFC gives you the first ‘PINNER POP IDOL’ of the 2013-2014 season. This event has it all…….singing, dancing, drinking and a not to be missed special guest performance then by none other than our first team captain Aaron Nicholas who will be performing ‘Celine Dions’ smash hit single ‘My heart Will Go On’ Live on stage. Friends, family and partners very much welcome the more the merrier.
Date: Saturday 9th November
Venue: Pinner Rugby Club
Time: 7pm onwards
Also Saturday 2nd + 9th November we will be showing the Autumn Internationals Live down the club so make the effort to come down and support England and the Club. Pinner Pelicans will also be playing on the 2nd before the England game so make sure you bring your kit or bring your support.
Pinner Under 14s attended the Saracens Herts Middx League Presentations 2013 at The Great Hall, Wembley Stadium on Friday 18th October.
After a very successful season, becoming League Champions without losing a match, the lads, along with proud parents joined in with many other clubs in celebrating their achievements.
The evening started with a short introduction from Saracens Director Nigel Wray who after running the Leagues for the last nine years hoped that the thousands of players both past and present and enjoyed taking part and he himself stated that all had followed the values of rugby gaining friendship, discipline and teamwork.
Hosting the presentations Richard Gregg Saracens Rugby Development Manager, outlined the structures of the League, and thanked all players, coaches and parents who have given so much effort and time into making the matches a success.
The presentations were made to the Team Captain and Head Coach of each club by Saracens player Will Fraser –
(He finished the 2011/2 season as a regular choice in the Saracens back row in a breakthrough campaign that saw him make 16 first team appearances. He crossed the opposing line twice during the final matches to help his side into the semi-finals.Solid domestic displays prompted his Saxons inclusion last season. He previously represented England U16, was a regular member of Saracens Storm during his emergence and was dual registered with Bedford Blues. He also played alongside his three brothers at Fullerians, where his father Andrew was a stalwart.)
The Pinner Captain Kye Gordon probably received the loudest cheer from his team mates when he went up to get the trophy – based on the fact that Pinner had managed to get the nearest tables to the presentation stage!
The evening was then rounded off by watching the Heineken Cup pool match Saracens versus Toulouse along with another 61,248
Congratulations to the squad, who face Bishops Stortford away on 24th November, hoping to continue their current form of winning both League Matches this season
U14s Division 5
Pelicans run riot against a spirited SODOM
With no 1st XV league match this week it was the turn of Pinner’s Pelicans to play hosts to SODOM RFC from Greenford. Many of the visitors were new to rugby as SODOM lost many players during the summer when a group left to form Hanwell RFC.
SODOM’s bulky forwards made an early impression in mauls pinning P&G’s in their own 22 but once the ball was with the home backs a try was inevitable. A move from their own half centre Graeme Searle and full-back Chris Jepson interchanged several passes before Jepson touched down. Forward play was evenly balanced with SODOM confining their attacks in this area. With only 10 minutes gone Jepson and Searle again combined to run the ball from defence with Searle scoring near the posts and Jepson converting to give the Pelicans at 12 – 0 lead. Pinner’s play now became over confident resulting in some sloppy defending allowing the visitor’s captain Emmanuel Chukwueke to twist and side-step to score under the posts. John Meharry added the two points. This snapped Pinner into action with backs and forwards moving the ball at will. SODOM were forced to defend and a panic kick-oout only found centre Don Williams who once more had Jepson in support to get try number three. The pattern of play was now established with Pelicans running the ball from deep once SODOM pressure had been overturned. Three more tries came before half-time, two from Searle and one from fly-half Chris Hall. However SODOM refused to give up and with half-time approaching they got the ball into the home 22. Their forwards drove on, over the line for John Meharry to score to give Pelicans a 36 – 12 lead.
The second half was rather a one-sided affair with Pelicans running in tries at regular intervals. The SODOM players continue to defend and did not give up but they had little answer to the Pinner backs who attacked at every opportunity. Seven more tries were added to bring the final score to 77 -12. Graeme Searle had a total of 5 tries, Jepson 3 Hall 3 with Lane, Gordon and Alex on each.
On what can only be described as a very wet Sunday morning, Pinner U14s resumed their league endeavours against Teddington RFC. Newly promoted Pinner hoped to continue their winning performance after beating Hackney Bulls convincingly in their previous league game.
As both teams went through their pre-match warm ups the skies darkened and the rain penetrated even the most waterproof of coats and jackets of both players and supporters; but in fairness this was not going to dampen what turned out to be a great game.
The report, blow by blow, has unfortunately has had a soggy ending, only the sketchiest report remains!
The first half saw Teddington winning the toss and elected to kick. This was the first test of how good players were able to hold onto the ball in its very slippery state. Deep into the Pinner twenty two, the forwards progressed well until fierce tackling halted them on the half way line, the ball squeezed itself from the ensuing ruck to find itself now in the hands of a Teddington forward. A quick side step past two Pinner players saw him then create space to pass to his fly half, who, not expecting such a pass could not gather it in. With the ball now on the ground, Pinner powered over, driving the opposition on to their back feet. The ball was popped passed through the backs and into the hands of Kai Gordon, who with his trademark looping run crossed the line for the first of Pinners four tries.
This was converted by Freddy Hart.
From the restart, Pinner were slow to react from their own kick, within seconds, Teddington were deep within the home teams half, missed tackles and a lack of organisation allowed the opposition to cross the try line for their only try.
The first half was erratic, with many handling errors, penalties and scrums, partly because of the weather and partly both sets of players being a little too eager to get to the loose ball. From one of these scrums, which was given five metres from the Teddington line, Pinner with a good drive under the posts resulted in a home try by Ben Stone. This was the break through that Pinner needed, it allowed them to play more freely and with great support play Pinner went on to score another try, again, in a similar fashion to the previous try, Pinner went into the half time break three tries to one up.
The second half continued much in the same manner as the first, broken play, knock-ons and great work from both sets of players who seemed to cancel each other out with every move. The rain at this point made both visibility and passing difficult and the call from both home and away coaches was to keep the ball close, use the forwards and hope for a loose ball. As it happened, the game plan appeared to work in favour of Pinner, who, from another scrum, worked the ball wide to Kai Gordon who sped towards the opposition try line, putting the ball down between the posts. Minutes later, Teddington mirrored the Pinner move, with the opposition fullback running through three defenders into the corner, fortunately for Pinner a quick thinking Gabriel Michaels managed to get a try saving tackle which took the player over the dead ball line.
With the final blow of the whistle, Pinner were winners, 24-5 making it two from two. Their next fixture is against Harrow RFC and then away at Bishops Stortford in November.
It was a wet Sunday morning, when after 5 weeks of hard training on Sundays and Tuesday evenings that the Pinner u13 team finally got their first game of the season, in the Herts/Middlesex League.
The game saw them at home in Shaftsbury Playfields, Hatch End against visitor from Datchworth RFC
Kicking off just after 1030 as the sky’s opened with rain pouring down, the Pinner team started slowly allowing Datchworth to get a very early and simple score; this was what the Pinner team needed to wake them up. From the restart deep into the Datchworth half a great chase up followed by superb support play saw James Nye equal the score an excellent conversion by Joseph Holden put pinner into the lead 7 – 5, soon after the restart Pinner forwards worked hard to regain the ball and power forward creating a space for Joseph Holden to reach the line for a score, this open the hearts and minds of the Pinner team and with some great determination, tackling and movement of the ball they pushed the score for in their favour at halftime leading 31 – 12
The second half saw a revived Datchworth team, and a Pinner team determined to keep going with the contest. This half was a lot more even with both sides matching each other in tackles which was enjoyable to watch such well executed tackles. Pinner got a break away try when new boy Sam Alexander took on the Datchworth defence successfully and scored under the posts. Datchworth stuck at it and managed to get a couple of runs off scrums taking place within the Pinner 22, successfully scoring two try’s and one conversion. This now as the final whistle sounded to Pinner u13s joy of their well worked and well-earned win of 36 – 24.
Pinner u13 scorers were James Nye2, Joseph Holden 2, Joshua Maloney and Sam Alexander.
Pinner u13 require players now to build the squad numbers give it ago Sundays & Tuesday Eve
Interested please call Paul 07917088802.
Pinner RFC 1st XV traveled ‘up the road’ to play a league fixture against Borehamwood who play fixtures from Harrow ground.
There will be match report put on this site as soon as the editorial staff receive it, in the mean tome enjoy some images from the victorious match 27-10 below…..
PInner too strong for Borehamwood
Pinner took a while to settle down when they visited Borehamwood who play their ‘home’ games at Harrow RFC. After last week’s defeat by London French there were a few changes in the P&G line up. Early exchanges were balanced but gradually the Pinner pack began to dominate and there were signs that the backs were beginning to jell. But it took 2o minutes before the first score. Pinner comfortably won a line out in Borehamwood’s 22, the forwards took the ball on and flanker Dan Smith took over 15m out avoiding half-hearted tackles to score. Then 5 minutes later with P&G’s exerting pressure a long kick up field produced for the second week running a freak bounce. The home side’s centre ran in for an unopposed try which was converted by the full –back to give then a 7 – 5 lead. Once again Borehamwood tried to clear their lines but this time the poor kick only found the P&G’s advancing into the 22. After a few passes among the backs the forwards again took the ball on and number 8 Andy Alexander brushed aside several defenders to get Pinner’s second try. On the verge of half-time following a rather ragged scrum the Borehamwood full-back dropped a goal to level the score at 10 – 10.
The second half was dominated by P&G’s. Full-back Chris Jepson gather the ball deep in his half and sprinted past into the home half and the chipped ahead. Winger Fred Riley was soon up on the Borehamwood defended and bundled him into touch. P&G took a rehearsed short lineout only for the referee to decide tha ball hadn’t gone 5m. Borehamwood, now losing most scrums, opted for another lineout but the ball wasn’t put in straight. Front the ensuing scrum No 8 Alexander again drove forward, the ball was quickly re-cycled and fly-half Fraser Allan side stepped two defenders to score under the posts. Fred Riley added the conversion. A few minutes later P&G were judged off-side but due to foul play the penalty was reversed and Jepson again put in a fine attacking run. From the resulting ruck P&G forwards drove on. After only 10 minutes Pinner won yet another scrum and acting captain and scrum-half Sam Heath put in several loops around his backs. The Borehamwood defence was all at sea so the ball went eventually to left-winger John Kirby to go over in the corner for P*G’s fourth and bonus point try. The pattern was now set and Borehamwood having used their replacement had to reorganise with the centre going to hooker and the full-back up to fly-half. Yet another Jepson attack was again taken on by Alexander and this time the try was scored by Dan Muckley. Jepson continued to be a threat and would have scored a much deserved try but the final pass was adjudged to be forward. Borehamwood’s problems increase when the first yellow card reduced them to 14 men following a low body check on Pinner prop Ken Ryan who with fellow forwards Lee O’Callaghan and Don Williams were causing havoc with power runs from close range. Borehamwood gained a consolation penalty when P&G were guilty of not releasing after a tackle. The no 15, now at fly-half landed a long distance kick only to blot his copybook a minute or so later. Gather the ball from the kick-off he short-armed the P&G tackler in the face and received a yellow card for his pains. Now down to 13 men P&G agreed to lend them a replacement for the last 5 minutes. There was no further score giving P&G’s a well deserved 27 – 10 victory but they now have to wait several weeks for the next league game.
It has been a season or two since Pinner RFC Seniors faced London French in a league fixture. On a pleasant Saturday afternoon the visitors put on a victorious score of 30-12. Hopefully there will be match report on its way, in the meantime here’s some of the images from the game thanks to Andy Wright. Also, congratulations to first team player Ollie on his marriage to Elaine x
Here we go … the match report
Pinner’s slow start to league programme
After a convincing win in last week’s friendly P&G’s came down to earth when they entertained London French at Hatch End for their first match in Herts / Middx div 3. With several ‘regulars’ from last season not available the new players took a while to blend in. Pinner’s pack started well and carried early attacks into the French half. However the pace and power of the French backs was soon in evidence and breaking out from their own 22 they created an overlap to leave the home defence at sixes and sevens for the first score in the right hand corner. Soon they attacked again but this time P&G’s held firm. After 10 minutes P&G’s were adjudged to have gone over the top of a ruck. The French no. 12 landed a 35 m penalty to make the score 8 – 0 to the visitors. Luck was on the visitor’s side as Pinner put in a strong attack only to lose the ball. The visitors full-back delivered a long kick-out which seemed to be heading straight for his opposite number but a freak bounce sent the ball back 10 metres into the arms of the LF centre who ran in unopposed. However P&G’s were becoming better coordinated and several promising attacks were mounted with the forwards winning loose and set-piece ball. Mid-way through the half P&G’s knocked on in the visitors 22 only to see the ball booted up-field for the centre to collect and score his second try. With the no. 12 again adding the conversion things were not looking good for the home side at 22 – 0 down. Now the P&G forwards showed their power and kept up pressure and spent most to the remainder of the half in the visitor’s 22. A good drive under the posts should have resulted in a home try but the ball was lost at the last moment. On the half hour a penalty chance to put points on the board was missed by acting captain Sam Heath. With a minute to go to half-time London French got into the home 22 and although attacking on the right they were awarded a penalty for off-side in front of the posts. Instead of taking kick the ball was chipped out to the left wing where their second-row was loitering. This caught P&G knapping and he score French’s fourth and bonus point try to bring the half-time score to 27 – 0.
Pinner having re-grouped during the interval came out with greater intent and method in the second-half. After a series of line-outs in the French 22 the home forwards set up an impressive drive to force the visitors back over their own goal line for flanker Dan Smith to score. Winger Fred Riley added the conversion. The French backs continued to be a threat but now the Pinner defence was equal to it. Both sides had scoring chances and French misses a relatively easy penalty kick. After 15 minutes French were successful with a kick to bring the score to 30 – 7. With the French backs tiring and the P&G pack gaining in confidence the game was much more evenly balanced than the first half would have suggested. With 10 minutes remaining and French pinned in their own 22 the visitors won a line-out only to see their scrum-half’s kick charged down by the impressive and ‘man of the match’ Alex Dixon who scored to bring the final score to 30 – 12 to the visitors.
The conditions on Saturday were perfect for the pre-season friendly between Pinner & Grammarians and Uxbridge 2nds in Hatch End, with friends and family watching from both teams. Pinner were looking to start their season with a win and play their brand of free flowing rugby, and Uxbridge fielding an experienced side playing in memory of a veteran of the club who had sadly passed away recently.
After a minutes silence P&G received the kick-off and the powerful pack surged down the field. With eight minutes on the clock Pinner put the visitors scrum under pressure on their five metre line, and open-side flanker Dan Smith opened the scoring with an interception to claim his first try for the club. Captain Samuel Heath converted from the edge of the pitch to put the score at 7-0.
The early points set the pace of the match with P&G scoring a well worked forwards try to put Alex Dixon in under the posts, while full-back Chris Jepsen broke the defensive line and selflessly passed the ball to Chris Hall who dotted down under the posts. The latter try being converted by Freddie Riley to put the score at nineteen nil.
Uxbridge were unable to handle the intensity brought by the P&G forwards, with bulldozing runs from No.8 Andrew Alexander and prop Ken Ryan making space for pace men outside, with Dan Muckley, Heath and Jepsen capitalising. Uxbridge made progress into the opposition half with some solid play but were unable to sustain the pressure and knocking the ball on in the crucial moment.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with Pinner pushing forward and finishing the chances they created, Riley adding the extras to keep the score board ticking over. The penalty count was very low throughout the match which testifies to the discipline of both sides, and perhaps reflecting positively on the new scrum laws which proved to be no issue in the game.
The Pinner forwards and backs continued to combine well with further tries from Alexander, Jepsen and Muckley, and additional scores from Josiah Varcoe and Tom Rainey sealed the fate of the visitors. Uxbridge played with pride until the end but failed to register any points in what proved to be a solid all round performance from the P&G side, who finished strongly with a final score of 71-0.
However a sterner test awaits next week as the competitive season starts for Pinner & Grammarians with London French coming to Shaftsbury Playing fields on Saturday the 5th of October.
Photographs provided by Ashley Lawrence
On a bright Sunday September morning Pinner U14s started their Middlesex League journey at home to Hackney Bulls. It was going to be an interesting contest, history would see to that. Last season saw both teams promoted after a rampant Pinner, convincingly put over 50 points on the board, ended Hackney Bulls run of not having a score against them. The result of this was Pinner went on to celebrate as League champions.
Pinner were able to field a very strong squad, with numbers increasing, all places are up for competition and 22 players made themselves available to play, some being prepared to support from the side line.
There was an air of anticipation around the pitch; mainly from parents, as the players themselves gave the impression of not being focused – however it was put down to pre match nerves as they did not know how Hackney had developed from their last encounter.
From the blow of the ref’s whistle, at the kick off, it was apparent Pinner were focused, determinedly chasing the ball and dominating play. Following a ruck in the oppositions 22 the ball zipped through the Pinner pack, finding it in the hands of Kai Gordon who ran out to the right wing, drawing three defenders with him, allowing space for Ben Stone to crash through to the line, a try in the first two minutes – a fabulous start. At such a tight angle, the conversion was not made.
The restart saw the ball flighted deep into the Pinner half, Charlie Gascoine took the ball after a great catch, and passed it along the line of backs, and eventually Kai received the ball and burst through six Hackney players who were unable to stop him crossing the line again, near the right touchline. The conversion was made by Freddy Hart, the first of eight during the match.
The feeling pitch side was that Pinner were definitely on their game and supporters / parents were going to be watching a great demonstration of Youth Rugby.
Hackney had the restart, kicking into what they had hoped was open space, unfortunately for them, the ball was caught by Jacob Talbot, who led the charge into the Hackney half, supported by Taylor Goodman and Marc Souster. The ensuing ruck enabled scrum half Louis George to switch play to the left, where George Tillett evaded Hackney centres and sprinted to the try line. Pinner had scored three tries within the first seven minutes. Yet again, Freddy Hart, who had definitely brought his kicking boots with him, converted: 19-0 to Pinner.
From each restart Pinner were straight on to Hackney Bulls, forcing handling errors and tackling them with such ferocity, dominating each ruck. Even when the Hackney fly-half managed to break away, he was tackled by two Pinner boys, who were not going to let Hackney score against them. The front and second row played their part and this was confirmed as Louis George was given time to pass to the centres, this time placing themselves on the left of the field. Quick and precise passing saw an unimpeded Kai receive the ball and cut through the middle to score under the posts.
Hackney, at this point, didn’t give up. They started to get themselves more into the game, their pack managing to secure the ball from the ruck, and after some great interchanges, the ball was seen to come out to their left wing. Swift short passes enabled the winger to side-step the Pinner defence and run towards the try line, only to be met by Findlay Schofield who stood his ground and pulled off a crunching tackle forcing him into touch. From the line out, which Pinner lost, the ball went into the middle of the field, but the resilient forwards turned the ball over while Ryan Healy went through the middle, shrugging off three tackles, to create space for a beautiful weighted pass to Kai Gordon, who definitely knows where the try line is… to score his third try of the game. 33-0
Half time brought changes to the Pinner team, substitutions being made by coaches Steve George and Keith Stone, with the intention of continuing to play in the manner of the first half.
Again, the second half started with Pinner dominating open play, however, Hackney who had been given an encouraging half time talk, which rallied them into a higher level play showing their true capabilities. Wave after wave of pressure was placed onto Pinner, putting the defence at full stretch, deep within their own 22. This was now becoming more of an evenly matched game. With Pinner defending on their try line, the ball was passed to Charlie Gascoine, who darted up the pitch; as he was tackled, Ryan Healy picked a path through the opposition carrying the ball to within 5 metres of the line. Following an infringement, a scrum was awarded to Pinner. The scrum was strong, and Brandon Cotter, playing number 8, was able to pick and go, scoring another try for Pinner.
Pinner, cheered on by the strong home support, stepped up a gear. The passing was precise, with players running from all directions. A pass to Ryan saw him dive for the line, only to be disallowed for not placing the ball down cleanly. His obvious disappointment did not lasting long, as he ran in a given try a few minutes later, this time making sure he placed the ball down correctly – much to the delight of the supporters.
Pinner were on fire, the pack winning balls at each break down. Substitute scrum half Sam Marchant, had plenty of time to make telling passes and direct the forwards, when they needed to drive in mauls and rucks, pulling his flankers in for support. From one of these rucks Joseph Burling was able to pick the loose ball and stretch for the line, another try converted.
With four minutes to go, Max Skerton, playing his first game for Pinner, for over five years, amazed everyone on the pitch and touchline, especially his father, by ripping the ball off a Hackney forward, on the half way line, ignoring the high tackle and a further two players hanging on to him and drove through Hackney players into open space. With the rest of the team watching on, he ran the full length of the opposition half to place the ball under the posts; not bad for a prop forward!
The game finished with Pinner winning 61-0.
The next League fixture for Pinner RFC U14s is away at Teddington on Sunday 13th October
This morning, Sunday 15th September saw Pinner RFC Under 14s take to the pitch for a friendly match against Maidenhead RFC. Many of the players thought this was going to be a training session and had other commitments already in place; seven key players were not available, however, those who put on the Pinner match tops gave a very good account of themselves.
Maidenhead visited Pinner with a large squad, combing their A and B Teams – the A team play in the Berkshire Youth League Division 1 and the B team also play in the Berkshire Youth League in Division 2. A tall order for the growing Pinner squad, introducing two match debutants and players in unfamiliar positions.
From the opening kick, Maidenhead demonstrated why they were effectively 5 divisions above Pinner, their passing was precise and left Pinner players looking a little sluggish in the breakdowns, resulting in two converted tries within five minutes.
Pinner did not let this get to them and as the game developed started making the tackles and started to make the passes to allow the centres to get into the opposition half. The first half continued with Maidenhead dominating open play and going on to score further tries – their winger proving a very slippery character for Pinner backs, each was converted by an excellent kicking boot of Maidenheads number 10.
The second half started with Pinner taking the ball into the opposition half creating a well-supported rolling maul, which allowed scrum half Luis George to feed the ball out to the pack, a strong ruck enable full back Kai Gorgon to take the ball at full pace and side step the opposition defence and carry the ball to underneath the posts. This appeared to spark them in to life and much of the remainder of the game saw both teams cancelling out attacks. However, with Maidenhead rotating their squad, the last ten minutes saw them dominate more and scored a few more tries.
This was a good introduction to the season for the Under 14s – the challenge of playing a very strong side highlighted areas that will need tightening up if they are to achieve the levels they managed last season. Next Sunday sees a home training session followed by the first league match of the season versus Hackney Bulls on Sunday 29th September at 11am. This of course will be tightly contested game as last season saw Pinner convincingly beat them to become Division Champions.
Dear Herts/Middlesex League Winner,
Congratulations to you and your players on successfully winning your Saracens Herts Middlesex League Division last season. As your divisions winner Saracens would like to invite your players, parents, coaches and support staff to Wembley Stadium on the evening of Friday 18th October for the Herts Middx League Awards Presentation. Please see the list of this year’s winners.
|U13||6||Pinner & Grammarians|
|U17||4||Old Albanians B|
The presentations will take place in the Great Hall on the Club Level of Wembley between the estimated times of 18:45 – 19:30 with an opportunity to enjoy the pre-game show and then see Saracens in Heineken Cup action (19:45 Kick Off).
Initially please can you let me know via email if you and your squad are able to attend in advance of Monday 8th July so that I can begin to make the relevant arrangements as required. Please see attached which team you have been assign to as the correct contact by the league administrators. It maybe the case you are the contact for more than one age group team.
All players, coaches and parents, wishing to attend the presentations must be in possession of a Club Level match ticket and the relevant accreditation. Each team will be required to place a group order for tickets and these will be priced at a discounted rate of £20.00 per adult and £10.00 per player. Full details regarding ticketing will follow upon receipt of confirmation of your attendance.
All players, coaches and parents, wishing to attend the presentations must be in possession of a Club Level match ticket and the relevant accreditation. Each team will be required to place a group order for tickets and these will be priced at a discounted rate of £20.00 per adult and £10.00 per player and any siblings (U16).
No rush on numbers the deadline for ticket orders is Wednesday 18th September.
I look forward to hearing from you to confirm your attendance.
Richard Gregg Head of Rugby Development
On Saturday 20th July, there will be a Girls rugby fun day held at Pinner RFC it will commence at 10am and complete at 1530.
Pinner RFC are looking to start a girls’ team within the youth section of the club. There will be two age groups as in line with the RFU continuum.
First being u15 containing players of ages u13, u14, u15.
Second being u18 containing players of u16, u17, u18.
The day will consist of a quick registration on arrival at the club, followed by being split into age groups and then going out onto the rugby pitch to carry out various training and fitness modules. A break for lunch with a BBQ being available, or bring your own packed lunch if you prefer, cold drink will be available throughout the day. After lunch we will continue with some training all heading towards a climax touch rugby match, where we will put all we have learnt into practice.
The girl’s team will be looking to start with the rest of the minis and youth section when we start back for the new season on 1st September. I am looking for support in setting up the girl’s team, please offer it, don’t wait to be asked, whether it is coaching, admin, catering or just stepping up on a Sunday to help out.
The girls, who play rugby at the club in the minis section, will continue to play rugby with in the minis team relevant to their age group. The u15 age group will give those girls who complete the minis section a place to continue their rugby into the youth section and beyond.
I hope to see a good turnout for the fun day, please pass the information around to friends, schools and other Rugby Clubs.
Contact for this day is: Paul Parker-Brice 07917088802 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send an email to confirm your attendance to the fun day, so catering can be arranged.
Many thanks Paul PB
Many thanks to all those people who came down to the Rugby workforce weekend it was a great success and the Club house is looking great.
Every year we have a weekend dedicated to cleaning and upgrading the Club and are supported by Nat West Bank along with a press reporter from the RFU as we were one of the Clubs nominated for a grant to help supply some of the equipment needed.
This year there was a lot of cleaning and throwing away of any accumulated rubbish both in the clubhouse and container – if you left a pair of match shorts or that trusted gum shield, chances are it’s no longer within the confines of Pinner RFC clubhouse!
A great turn out by 10am on Saturday morning ensured that many of the jobs were completed by early afternoon (bar was open!!)
Jobs completed were: Cleaning the bar area, cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the toilets, cleaning the changing rooms, replacement and repair of the gutters, weeding pathways, rendering to outside of the bar, scrubbing and cleaning of all glass and boot cleaning wall also everywhere was given a fresh lick of paint.
As a little surprise we were rewarded with a fetching T shirt. Hopefully, if we are successful next year we can attract more helpers.