Greenwich Admirals Rugby League - July 2007 London

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Greenwich Admirals RLFC - 14th July 2007

Admirals 50 - 12 Colchester Romans

The Admirals put in another strong performance to keep their undefeated home record intact against a Colchester Roman's side who beaten them just a month earlier. The kick off was delayed due to the Colchester players getting caught up in traffic en route, but the Admirals did not let this disruption affect their preparation. Straight from the kick off props Chris Geary and Ian Bedford carried the ball down the slope, making yards easily. Within three minutes, a penalty in front of the posts had been converted by James Hardy, and Greenwich had lead they would not come close to relinquishing for the rest of the afternoon. The Admirals' determination to win was personified by centre Greg K-U, who chased a long kick from the Admirals into the goal area and pole-axed the Romans player who was attempting to avoid a drop out. After a few minutes delay, the Admirals received the kick off and after a couple of tackles, crossed for the first of 9 tries. The Admirals continued to pile on the points in the first half, with James Robinson skipping through down the right to score, while Chris Geary continued to drive back the Roman's defence. In the Romans's only period of pressure, the Admirals' defence stood firm, repelling two sets of six before eventually the Romans gave possession away.

In the second half, the Admirals changed their line up slightly, looking to exploit the pace of their back line.  Darrel Keeling immediately made a couple of breaks on the outside, but the Admirals were a little naive in spilling the ball in the second and third tackles. By way of response, Paul Skurr adopted a more direct approach and demonstrated some classic union No 8 play to score from the base of a scrum. The Roman's were struggling with their kicking into the winds, but on the occasions when they had possession, had started to demonstrate why the East Regional division  has been so close this year.  Some quick hands  around the tackle enabled them to move the ball wide and score down their right. Despite three more scores, including a great solo effort by their right centre, the Romans were always chasing from too far behind. When the whistle went at 5pm, the Admirals had completed a fifth straight home win and made it four wins out of the last five. "Another good performance to match last weekend's" said coach Jason Henley, "but we still have a couple of games to go, and we need to beat both Cambridge and Thetford to have a realistic chance of making the playoffs."

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Video filmed by Erick De Chavez, words written by Nick Wordsworth