RAF Oidham 24 - 46 Southampton Spitfires
Superb Spitfires ground RAF
Southampton Spitfires reserve grade played a faultless 80 minutes of rugby league to run out 46-24 winners against RAF Oidham Eagles on Thursday Evening. The day did not start well for the visitors as there 20 man squad was cut down to 16 with 4 late pull outs. The home side looked very strong boasting a large 21 man squad for the game. With the odds stacked against them Southampton knew they had play the game of their lives to win this one and that they did.
The game started evenly with both sets showing good attacking and defensive sets before Peter Lewis broke the deadlock by crashing over from 15 meters out. The RAF soon replied and quick hands out wide saw them equalize. The Spitfires then went onto score again quickly when Pex also crashed over from short range to make the score 8-4. Richard O Donnell was accurate with the boot to extend the score to 10-4.
The Spitfires then started to work on two new sets of play which they had been developing in training and the RAF had no answer to them. With the sets going well the RAF started to tire allowing the Spitfires to spread the ball wide with ease to score three trys, two from in form centre Richard Hill and one from Tui Tuviena.
With the half time score 28-4 in the vistors favour the RAF had a mountain to climb. A comeback was made even harder when Rich O Donnell broke free from deep in his own half to score and then convert his own try stretching the lead to 32-4.
The game then turned nasty as the RAF started to lose discipline and loose forward Pex was on the receiving end of a high tackle and facial. Pex decided enough was enough and a punch was thrown leaving the referee no option but to dispatch pex to the sin bin for retaliation.
With the Spitfires down to 12 players the RAF made a brief comeback scoring 3 times to bring the score back to 32-16 but two late trys from Tuveina and skipper Mike Trench sealed the win making the final score 46-24 to the visitors.
Reserve Grade Coach Ben Woodhouse was happy with performance and that the training had played a massive part in the win. The reserves are at home next weekend v Swindon St.George.