A mid-March trip to Dartford Valley was on the cards for the 3’s this week with a strong side making the journey up from Horn Park. With the sun beating down and a 4G pitch, the stage was set for a game of fast flowing, attacking rugby which our opposition may not have been as well suited to as we were.
Lead by Napper, the mighty 3’s made a bright start scoring within the first 5 minutes with Timi dotting down in the corner after some quick play off of the base of a strong first scrum for the forwards. The scrum would prove to be an area of weakness with an experienced and “well built” Valley pack proving to have the edge on us. This was enhanced due to early injuries and a harsh yellow for Dave who proved to be a menace in the air as well as a rock in the lock. The first half ended with only a couple of points in it due to some ill-discipline around the breakdown but there was confidence in the camp that the win could be secured.
The second half started in a strong manner with Goody seizing an opportunity to run in a try unopposed off of the first phase of the half after a kick failed to make it into our half let alone going the 10 that it is supposed to. This would have been a try of the season contender if he had resisted the urge to ask the ref if “it was the best he had ever seen”. With a tiring Valley side, the Colts boys played with pace and attacking nous to out do our opponents. Quick thinking from scrum half Ben allowed us to pounce on some defensive disorganisation and touch down in the corner to continue the onslaught of the Colfeian offensive.
A fine day at the office was finished off with a very strong defensive showing in the final plays of the game to keep the second half a clean sheet. This came at a cost, though, with many of the boys leaving the pitch with a significant amount of skin from their knees left nestled between the rubber pellets and plastic grass. 53-17 full time and plenty of positives for the 3’s, and the club, going forward.