Inaccurate and Inarticulate Report
By LI Bohemian
October 20 2019
Saturday was my first attendance of the new season and because of this, I might have got a bit over zealous in the brown bottle shop, with the pre-match refreshments, so some of the report may be as squint as most throw-ins in professional rugby but not as crooked as the scrum put-in.
I arrived quite early in Reading by train via a quick stop off in Oxford, but because of the above only got off the Mad-stad bus a minute before kick off. The day was grey dull and drizzly, I actually missed the first couple of minutes of the match due to the attraction of the new annexed LI merchandise shop, I was like a Centre being sold a dummy pass, it was in the shape of prefab cabin in the car park, I bought a blue baseball cap which I looked dashing in, this was until I saw myself in it, through sober eyes the next day.
When I took my trusty old seat of two seasons ago, I could see that Irish were in a good position pushing Sale back, soon they were crossing the try line, The crowd didn’t have to be told to resect the kicker, there wasn’t enough to make much noise.
The crowd numbers and Merchandise shop were probably symptoms of the long good-bye to Reading, other factors concerning the turn out include the game was for the warm-up-cup and most would have seen enough rugby that day via the world cup in there warm dry homes.
After the opening score Sale picked up their game and scored two well worked try’s to take the lead, if they had scored another try in the first half it would have pretty much felt like the last time Irish were in premiership, but Irish stemmed the tide and to their credit, Irish started the second half well, led by Ben Loader, who’s aggressive but fair chasing of the restart must have had the red flashing sirens of the Bath recruitment desk blaring.
Irish got back the lead once more with two try’s of their own, this as in the first half, again lifted Sale to play a tighter game, earning them two more try’s for a seven point lead they protected until the final whistle. Irish could have snatched a draw with the final play but were inaccurate with their lineout. Sale were a little bit more streetwise than Irish, they knew how to stifle the game, they got in the officials ear in a stealth like way and they knew when to push their luck with the laws.
The inaccuracies on the day were happily not so much from the players, who on the whole gave a good account of themselves, the most obvious inaccuracy would be the 2.5K attendance figure that was, I’d say a little over 1K, a mention for inaccuracies must go to the portly touch judge (west side first half) who was woeful in his touch marking, we’re talking a conservative 15metres out! In the second half he must have got too tired and resorted to predicting where the ball went out before it was kicked, sticking his flag up without even moving, to be fair to him he did it for both teams so no problem there. The match Official had a pretty decent game, but holds a candle for Mr. Ashton judging by the wingers second Try.
A good performance but a fair result, I think.
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Actually I read the post before it disappeared and found nothing offensive, or worthy of removal.
It's not been removed but if you go to a story using the previous/next thread links the actual story disappears. Go to the message list and select the thread (or from the front-page)
Wierd. There was no report to see when I posted my comment.