Rugby Match Report: OMW 3 – 31 Farnham

By - Wednesday 18th September, 2013

Rugby season kicks off with a defeat for OMW against newly-promoted Farnham, Nathan Bacon reports

The Mids began their league campaign on a rather damp and dull afternoon at their home ground, Lime Meadow Avenue. They were hosting Farnham, who had been promoted and were eager to make an impact in their new league.

There has been a lot of change at the Mids since last year, with Director of Rugby Chris Callaway & 1st XV coach Dan Crouch now at the helm. Between them they have introduced a new game plan that combines hard run lines and wide passing, to give the Mids a fast-paced and expansive game that can be confidently played by all players, from prop to full back.

Mids began as they meant to go on, with Andrew Dean chasing the kick-off and quickly recycling the ball to run wide. The visitors were on the back foot, but sloppy passing and hands meant that the home side could not capitalise on their opportunities. After 12 minutes Farnham finally started to impose their style on the game, opting to kick an easy penalty to make the score 0-3 to the visitors.

The conditions led to a lot of knock ons, and the Mids were to suffer greatly in this aspect of set play. With Farnham dominating and winning a few scrums against the head, they ramped up the pressure on the home side. Not to be cowed, Mids continued their fast paced attacks, coming tantalisingly close to scoring, but frustratingly could not find that elusive score. However there was some respite, with fly half James Orchard kicking a penalty to even the scores at 3-3.

Despite the score, there are a lot of positives that must be taken with the negatives for the home side.

It was now Farham’s turn to attack, but Mids defended well and they were soon denied a try scoring opportunity. However with Mids becoming increasingly dominant at scrum time, they soon conceded a penalty try under the posts. With the easy conversion made, the score was 3-10 at half time.

The Mids line outs were working well and they were winning opposition ball on a number of occasions. However, despite this increased possession they still could not capitalise. Despite front row changes the scrum was still on the back foot. Ten minutes into the second half a simple but effective attack from Farnham saw their full back crossing the line in the corner, to make the score 3-15. The conversion made the score 3-17.

What followed next was a familiar sight to all spectators at Lime Meadow Avenue, when the Mids team switched off for a precious few minutes, much to the advantage of Farnham. Once again the Farnham full back, chasing a long kick, was able to score under the posts, and with the conversion this brought the score to 3-24. Soon after this, scrum half David Stanton was charged down, trying to kick the ball from within the dead ball area, and a simple touch down meant Farnham had secured a comfortable 3-31 score over Mids.

Despite the score, there are a lot of positives that must be taken with the negatives for the home side. Their attack, which all members of the team play a role in, is exciting and aggressive, and with a little more finesse will be a potent tool for the future. Whilst scrummaging, a massive weakness from last year, continues to be a very major concern, the line out worked very well indeed. If the team continue to put in the hard work they have during the pre-season time and pick themselves up from this set back, their fortunes will soon be reversed.



The Old Mid-Whitgiftian Rugby Football Club is the rugby arm of the Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Association. Homes games are played at Lime Meadow Avenue, Sanderstead, with the team fielding several sides and hosting a youth set up. The 1st XV will be playing in the London Division 3 South West for 2013/14.

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