Haslemere vs London Irish
By Chris Poole
Waterfall Cup Semi-Final victory
After the cold snap, this weekend the conditions were perfect for the visit of London Irish in the Waterfall Cup.
Haslemere came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders. The forwards quickly blasted their way up to the opposition try line allowing Scrum Half Wilby Westley to leap like a Salmon over the line for the opening try. Once again the forwards dominated the tackles and built a platform for quick ball and Charlie Cuevo burst through for try number 2. Try number 3 was an all forwards effort; driving play from Edward Sheriden and pick of the forwards Milo Peach set up Charlie MacIntyre to pounce over. The Irish fought back but a team effort on the tackling front stopped them from crossing the Haslemere line - half time and Haslemere were 3-0 up.
The second half saw a spirited Irish battle hard but they were unable to break through the awesome defence - big hits from Sam Russel and Charlie Cuevo supported by Ned Cardwell, Enzo Frederick, Gus Chisholm and the reliable Alex Mottura kept the Irish in their own half. At every ruck the Haslemere forwards battled for the ball and once again Wilby Westley crashed over for a second opportunistic try.
Charlie Cuevo organised the back line brilliantly and every attack was now at pace and direct, allowing the wide backs to make good ground every move. The Irish were forced to kick out of defence and fullback Tom Poole caught a long kick before sprinting clear of the defence for a fantastic solo try.
The last 5 minutes saw the forwards continue to dominate with driving play from Harry Jarvis, Hugh Crutwell, Milo Peach and Edward Sheriden. After some strong running from Harry Cooper and Jasper Campbell the team was on the Irish line and seeing the space down the blind Charlie Cuevo passed wide to Ewan Gregory to cross for the final try of the match.
Haslemere 6 - London Irish 0
We Won Because
- We started strongly
- It was a great team effort
- Every player tackled for the whole game (no tries conceded)
- The forwards worked extremely hard to get around the pitch and fight for the ball at every ruck
- We made the right decisions - when to pass, when to run, when to kick, when to offload and when to reset and trust the team to ruck/maul
As we head towards the last quarter of the season and final of the Waterfall Cup, today we set ourselves a really high standard to match next game - keep going!