Match Report: Old Ruts 20 - Richmond Academy 13


By Steve Burgess

Richmond Academy were defeated 20-13 by Old Ruts on Sunday, in their second friendly match of the season.

Old Ruts, who are seeded seventh in the Surrey Waterfall Cup and will be playing in the first tier of Presidents Cup competition, were a tough opposition for Richmond, who are seeded 15th and will be playing in the second tier of Chairman's Cup.

Richmond didn’t get off to a great start in this friendly fixture, with Old Ruts scoring their first try after just 10 minutes. The Ruts centre waltzed through untouched to score the unconverted try, after receiving the ball from the scrum just inside the Richmond half.

It was a typically slow start for Richmond who need to get into games much quicker going forward.

Richmond did hit back though and worked the ball into the Old Ruts half, winning the penalty. Tane’s kick found touch seven metres from the Old Ruts line and the Richmond forwards drove strongly from the throw-in. After building pressure through a series of pick and goes, Woody dived over to score Richmond’s first try. Tane converted and the Academy led 7-5.

For the remainder of the first 40 minutes Richmond maintained control of the match. The scrum was exceptionally strong, destroying the Old Ruts advantage and pushing them back with every drive. Richmond’s defence was outstanding, applying incredible stress on the Old Ruts attack. This led to Old Ruts giving away several penalties, two of which were successfully converted by Tane.

Richmond led 13-5 at half time.

As the second half got underway, Old Ruts made the expected mass substitutions, replacing a number of players with their more experienced counterparts.

Richmond matched them for the first 15 minutes before the pace of the game started to take its toll and the fresh legs made a difference. Richmond were penalised for repeated infringements and Old Ruts worked their way into a position where they scored their second unconverted try, reducing the score to 13-10.

Ten minutes later, Richmond were penalised once more and Old Ruts took full advantage. They took a quick tap and ran away to score their third unconverted try, taking the lead 15-13.

The Richmond players continued to defend bravely but after a long period of sustained pressure, another penalty was conceded and Old Ruts found touch in the corner. From the five metre lineout Old Ruts drove strongly over the line to score. The kick was unconverted.

Final score, Old Ruts 20 beat Richmond Academy 13.

With a bigger squad, Richmond could well have won this match. However Old Ruts were a great bunch, their coaches were very welcoming and their boys played a tough but fair game.

It was an outstanding debut performance from Aiden, who is another Orleans Park recruit. He was fantastic in his first match. While my Player of the Match was awarded to Tane, who kicked very well and was strong in both attack and defence.

Our next fixture is this Sunday away against Teddington.








 Alex Riches



 Evan Brennan



 Max Gale



 Ethan Armstrong



 Rishi Chopra



 Tane Robinson





 Tom Rudling



 Dan Bentley






 Lewis Simmonds



 Woody Emeny




 Myles Ibbetson



 Stephan Mendy



 Harry Pears



 Raquan Gaberial