Pinner U13s take the sting out of Wasps RFC

September 30, 2012 by paul  
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This Sunday saw the impressive Pinner Under 13s squad participate in their first venture in to the Herts/Middlesesex Division 6 League. Their hosts for this fixture was Wasps RFC. Continuing on from last weeks friendly match Pinner once again put an  a scoring fest, putting 50 on the score board, the final score being 55-10. There will be a match report shortly, but in the meantime enjoy the images from the game courtesy of one of the squad (currently sidelined with a foot injury) J Talbot

Here it is, just hot off the press

Report written by Dan Nottingham, edited and added to by Jacob Talbot

In the hospitality of wasps, and with the sun shining, Pinner get pumped and ready for their first league game.

Wasps get the call and start the game by dominating the play in the first 5 minutes, Pinner get a break through and thanks to the skills of Ben Stone who collects the wasps kick up-field and charges forward, with a confident wasps team rucking over strongly Pinner lose ball and Wasps attack the Pinner try line. With a well-built defence Pinner hold then back causing Wasps to lose possession, Pinner sees a chance and attack, powerful running and great passing Give Pinner a lot of ground but with a forward pass Wasps gain a scrum, the ball comes out and Pinner get control but give away a penalty. wasps play a tap and go manoeuvre, yet again creating more ground for them. With Excellent tackling by Fullback and captain Kai Gordon Pinner regain control of the ball and attack at furious pace. Unluckily the Pinner passing is yet again scruffy thus meaning Wasps again attack, however Pinner soak up the pressure and regain control winning a scrum. The Ball comes out and Pinner Scrum half Freddie Hart chooses to tap and go.

After many hard rucks Pinner regain the ball and a fantastic sprint from Kai Gordon results in an excellent roar of the crowd and try under the posts. Freddie Hart kicks and converts the try, Pinner go 7-0 up.

Wasps start again and the ball is taken by Ryan Healy who runs into trouble, scrum to Wasps. After a great pass out to Ben Stone from the scrum, he breaks away practically playing football half the length of pitch causing a solo try. Freddie Hart misses conversion – Pinner 12-0.

Wasps start and Pinner regain the ball and attack with Ryan Healy, Sam Marchant and Dylan Kelly resulting in a high tackle by wasps creating a penalty for Pinner. Scrum Half kicks long for a line out which Pinner then go and win allowing them to start attacking. This attempt lands in a line out to Wasps which they win putting Pinner under pressure until Flanker Joseph Burling tackles. Scrum for Wasps, super driving by Pinner who seemed to have the stronger pack but Wasps come out with the ball and pass it down the line. Pinner win back the ball and powerful running by Ryan Healy results in another try. Freddie misses kick 17-0 Pinner.

Wasps start and Dylan Kelly collects the kicked ball passing to Ryan Healy, going on to Luke Barrowman with good running and a great bit of play from Taylor Goodman but Pinner lose ball. Wasps attack, they lose the ball and quick rucking by Pinner, Kai Gordon comes out with the ball and there’s no stopping him today he’s all legs and speed .He scores another solo try running half the pitch and putting the ball down under the posts setting Freddie up with a sitter and he doesn’t miss it – 24-0 Pinner.

Wasps start and win a scrum, Pinner win back possession and a good lay off from George Tillet to Ryan results in Ryan’s second try and more excellent kicking by Freddie and its Pinner 31-0.

Wasps kick short and Pinner take a scrum, Pinner come out from the scrum strongly getting the ball out to the wings, Findlay Schofield has a break but Wasps regain the ball and kick out for a line out. Pinner win the Lineout and attack Wasps try line with Ben Stone and Mark Souster, Mark muscles through swatting Wasps as he goes and puts down for a try. Freddie misses conversion –  36-0 Pinner.

Half time.

Pinner start, good kick by Freddie and Pinner collect. The Ball goes into a driving maul and Pinner keeps possession. Kai’s one-two With Ewan Laidlaw sets him up for another try: his third of the game. Freddie scores kick 43-0 Pinner.

Wasps restart and excellent tackling by Ryan, Louis George and Owen Rees means the Ball goes out for a Wasps line out. Pinner win line out but lose ball back to Wasps. A much more even second half as Pinner start to switch off letting Wasps attack more frequently, Wasps win a scrum and come out with the ball as a rare mistake by Pinner allows Wasps to score a try but the conversion is too much for them and their kicker misses – 43-5.

Pinner start and win a scrum and attack, unfortunately losing the ball and yet again letting in another scrum to Wasps but Pinner aren’t giving up that easily and win the ball back and go. On the front line driving the ball to the try line and resulting in Joseph Burling getting over for the try. Freddie misses kick 48-5 Pinner.

Wasps restart the game and kick straight to Kai, big mistake, he catches the ball and runs, he smashes the wasps defence and scores his fourth try of the game right under the posts again. Freddie reliable as ever converts his kick and its 55-5 Pinner.

Pinner start with some good attacking play even though their fatigue leads to another try for Wasps but once again the kick proves too much for the kicker and he misses – 55-10.

Pinner restart and Wasps gather strongly and are attacking again, time for a comeback maybe? No, brilliant defending by Pinner who hold on for an excellent victory in their first league game of the season ,swatting aside the Wasps and looking like and performing like a strong and organized team.

Try scorers were- Kai Gordon 4, Ryan Healy 2, Ben Stone 1, Joseph Burling 1, Mark Souster  1.
Kicker and scrum half – Freddie Hart, converted 5 tries.

End score Pinner- 55 Wasps- 10

1 Pinner and Grammarians 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 55 10 1 0 0 55 10 45 1 5
2 Hackney Bulls 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 45 0 1 0 0 45 0 45 1 5
3 London Welsh B 1 1 0 0 19 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 19 10 9 0 4
4 Finchley B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Hertford B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 19 0 0 1 10 19 -9 0 0
6 Wasps B 1 0 0 1 10 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 55 -45 0 0
7 Bedford B 1 0 0 1 0 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 45 -45 0 0

Pinner Colts sip from the cup of victory

September 30, 2012 by paul  
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This Sunday saw the Pinner Under 18s Colts venture into the cup. This was the first round and they hosted Hitchin RFC. They won the game comfortably 21-7 to progress into the nest round. The match report is currently being written and when received it will of course be placed here, please be patient! In the meantime, here are some of the images from the match….. enjoy

Pinner U13s off to a great start, putting 50 points on the board

September 23, 2012 by paul  
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Pinner 50 – Old Albanians 0

Pinner under 13s got their new season underway in great style at a wet Shaftsbury Playing Fields on Sunday. Pinner scored 50 points without reply in a game played almost entirely in their opponent’s  half .
Pinner looked organised and more akin to a team playing a mid season game than a season’s opener. The Pinner forwards provided a strong platform to allow the backs to throw the ball out wide with increasing regularity .
Kai Gordon was the pick of the backs running straight and crossing the gain line whenever he had ball in hand.
Joseph Burling constantly disrupted the opposition possession winning ball that he wasn’t entitled to and setting Pinner on their way again.
Old Albanians dug in and stuck to their task well but the Red and Blue stripes were everywhere working particularly hard around the breakdown which will have pleased their coach Steve George immensely as he paced the touchline with a widening smile.
Pinner scored 8 tries in total on the day, with 2 each from Kai Gordon and Ben Stone and Mark Souster, Sam Marchant, Ryan Healy all got one each and  Freddy Hart scored the last of the 8 tries  and with the conversion he took his personal tally to 15 points on the day Pinner will face tougher games than this in the season ahead but will do so with much optimism after this performance.

Next weekend the U13s venture into the Middlesex/Herts Div 6 League with their first game – an away fixture versus Wasps B 11am KO. Judging by this match, it’s going to one to watch.

Is it all about the numbers?

September 22, 2012 by paul  
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Pinner seniors played there first home league fixture on Saturday versus Chess Valley RFC. The match report will as per usual follow on shortly. In the meantime here’s the image factor!

Pinner squander opportunities.

P&G’s, playing their first home league match of the season took an early lead when full-back Mark Razzell landed a 40m penalty after visitors Chess Valley were adjudged guilty of handling the ball in a ruck. With twelve minutes gone he put the home side further ahead with another penalty, this time for off-side.  Both teams were attempting to play open running rugby on a very hard pitch shorn of grass. This enthusiasm led to numerous mistakes. Pinner took advantage of the new ‘rolling subs’ regulation to temporarily replace injured players. On the half hour it was P&G’s turn to give away a penalty for going over the top at the ruck. Chess Valley narrowed the score to 6 – 3. The referee then had to receive treatment for a pulled muscle but managed to continue. Pinner now seemed to be taking control of the game with a series of promising attacks.  Centre Alex Goring was prominent in many but either a forward pass of a knock-on denied then a score. With half-time approaching Pinner lost control of the ball in the Chess Valley 22 which was gathered by the visitors centre who out-paced the chasing defence to score under the posts. The conversion was successful but luckily for the home side a penalty right on half-time failed. However, Chess Valley, against the run of play, let 10 – 6 at half time.

It was the visitor’s turn to score fist in the second half with a penalty for handling in the ruck. Another penalty hit the post but Pinner failed to gather the rebound. Strong tackling kept out the resulting Chess Valley attack and P&G’s worked their way into the opponent’s half. Full back Razzell fielding a kick-out inside his own half fed speedy left winger Chris Jepson who having chipped over the defence was taken out and injured by a late tackle that went unpunished so another opportunity was denied. Pinner continued to attack and a very powerful run by centre Goring saw the ball moved out wide via Razzell who found skipper Aaron Nicholas on hand to score.  Razzell converted to level the scores at 13 -1 3.  A further Pinner attack looked promising only to be knocked on with the try-line beckoning. Into the final quarter the Chess Valley scrum-half miss-queued a cross field kick but the bounce favoured the visitors who scored in the right corner. With the final whistle due Another speculative kick up-field saw the P&G defence flat-footed allowing the visitors to touch down for their third try and deny Pinner a bonus point.

Lack of preparation show in first match for P&G’s

September 17, 2012 by paul  
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Pinner & Grammarians Press report for Sat 15th Sept 2012

Pinner, under new captain Aaron Nicholas, for the going difficult in their first league match of the season at Hillingdon Abbots, formerly Old Abbotstonians. With Abbots kicking off P&G’s failed to field the ball cleanly handing over early possession. The home side made the most of this mistake to move the ball around scoring their first try within a couple of minutes of the start to give them an early lead of 7 – 0. From the restart P&G’s mounted a sustained attack and were awarded a penalty on the Abbots 5 m line. Quickly taken by scrum half Chris Hall he found lock Alex Gorling in support who powered over for a try. Full back Mark Razzel levelled the score. The early season rustiness was showing in both sides but after 10 minutes Abbots broke out from their own half to score their second try but the conversion was missed. It was now obvious that this was going to be a high scoring match as defences, with players getting used to match play, were not too secure. Further pressure by the home side saw their forwards power over for their third try, again the conversion was missed but the home side were ahead 17 – 7. With a quarter of the match gone Abbots knocked-on on their own 22. P&G’s won the scrum with Hall feeding new fly-half Ray Conboy who dummy a couple of defenders to score under the posts. Razzel again added two points. Captain Aaron Nicholas was taken out in the air attempting to catch a kick up-field let the home side in for their fourth and bonus point try. P&G’s again struck back. Scrum Half Chris Hall, on half-way, chipped over the home defence, Alex Gorling out-paced the over to score his second try. In the final ten minutes of the first half Abbots added two more tries making the half-time score 34 -19 to the home side.

The second half started as the first with Abbots scoring within a couple of minutes of the kick-off when a long kick to the corner was gathered by the home winger who appeared to score. This was confirmed by the home touch-judge much to the dissatisfaction of the visitors. Defence now were better organised with players getting used to the pace of the game and no further scored came until mid-way through the half. End to end play resulted in a line-out on the P&G 5m line which was lost by the visitors allowing Abbot to power over for their eight try. Pinner continued to fight back but without replacements for benefit from the new ‘rolling subs’ law they were unable to catch up until with only a couple of minutes left centre John Kirby took a pass in his own 22 a ran some 80 m evading several tackle to score under the posts to gain P&G’s a bonus point. Razzel added two points to bring the final score to 44 – 26 to Hillingdon Abbots.

On Sunday the newly formed Colts XV had a harder match but, after leading for most of the game came from behind to clinch their second victory of the season with a 22 -17 win over Henley.

Next Saturday P&G’s have their first home league game at Shaftesbury Playing Fields Hatch End against Chess Valley KO 3 pm.

Pinner U18s Colts continue their winning ways

September 16, 2012 by paul  
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A depleted squad took on Henley this Sunday in another friendly fixture. As is the custom, the match report will follow, but in the meantime here are some images from the game, enjoy.

Colts U18s Triumphant Debut 36-8

September 9, 2012 by paul  
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On a hot sunny September afternoon, the new U18s Colts squad represented Pinner RFC for the first time, judging by what was seen and commented from the touchline this is going to be a very exciting season. A full match report will follow shortly, but in the mean time here’s some images from the friendly match against High Wycombe


Wednesday 6.30pm

We are always on the look out for new players, interested? Why not come down and give us a try

Next Match: Sunday 16th September home 1.30 KO