South Oxhey 0 19 Cuffley 1st
Cuffley won 19 points to nil on the road against a very strong and robust South Oxhey team who only know one way to play, that was to be in your face and on any exposed part of Cuffley body's. Chilli will be busy this week trying to patch our boys up.
We started well up the hill and against a strong wind and a blinding setting sun. Our first attack ended with a five meter scrum, which should have been rewarded with a 7 point lead with our pack driving the home side's eight over their line only for us failing to lay a hand on the ball. This pressure was just the start we wanted and we were soon back in their half forcing them to defend with everything they had, pressure again had us camped on their line and after a succession of scrums Cuffley's number eight Ian Fryer crashed over under the post for a fine try on his full debut for the club for a 7 point well deserved lead with Taylor Mcavoy kicking the conversion.
We had the home team pinned in their half for long periods of play with them having only one real chance to score, they moved the ball well for the first time with their winger sprinting for the corner and was home and dry but for a fine last gasp tackle from young Will Payne knocking the ball out of the grasp of the attacker when he was over the line his determination to stop the score was outstanding. Half time 7 pts to nil.
The second half started with Cuffley again on the front foot our pick and drive game again keeping the home team honest at the breakdown, they picked their game up which at times was on the edge of the laws of the game and at times well beyond them, this is always a sign that a team is losing the battle.
Cuffley weathered the South Oxhey storm and where soon on the score sheet again Oxhey tried to kick long only for Willie to gather and set off from inside our half, he hacked the ball on down the wing with what looked like an aimless clearance with the ball heading towards the dead ball area and out of play, Will Payne chased hard and gathered the ball over the line for a great try. With the score now 12 pts to nil to Cuffley the hosts looked a beaten side, we kept on at them going for the kill our forwards dominating all the set pieces no more proof of this then when Oxhey decided they wanted to go uncontested at scrum time another scalp for the Cuffley front row with a little help from their friends.
Our last score was quality from start to finish with the pack driving up the middle of the park with Will Payne now at scrum half with Jonesy off the park having been caught in the face by a punch, the ball went out on the short side of the field with Taylor drawing the defence and firing the ball to Tom missing out Willie, Tom took the ball at pace and flew into the corner, Will Payne's afternoon wasn't over as he slotted a fine conversion from the touchline for a final score 19 pts to nil.
This win away from home with 16 players and more than a few changes was for me a fantastic result the home team where determined to rough our boys up at every opportunity Perry, Jonesy and Daisy have plenty of marks to prove the point, but we not only stood up to them we bettered them physically and came out on top. Some players may have thought they did not play as well as they would have wanted to but to a man you all turned up and played some of the best rugby of the season so far, well done boys. H