U15’s debut for French superstar Deja Vu

Deja Vu – ‘a feeling of having already experienced the present situation’

With eight players from the squad of twenty six away or injured and the other eighteen players not turning up today, it was always going to be a battle against a powerful Ashton-Under-Lyne side.

And so it proved!

The positives that can be taken from todays game boil down to a few statistical straws that I’ll grasp at:

  • This was the only the second time this season that Eccles have failed to get points on the board
  • Today was is the only time this season that Eccles have conceded in excess of forty points
  • I like to think that we played better this year than we did last time these sides met in November 2014 – the scores don’t lie though Deja Vu Rodney, Deja #@?%$ Vu 
  • However…
  • Following our defeat to Ashton-Under-Lyne last time, we went on to beat Bury RFC 31 – 7
  • Eccles steadfastly kept to the brand of rugby that coaches Kevin & James have instilled in the lads
  • Good work at the scrum against a weighty side
  • Sun was out
  • errr ….

Referee Chris points left with authority



Referee Chris now points right with slightly less authority, but with whistle at the readyIMG_3205

Anyway…… lets put todays defeat, scoreline and general performance behind us and look forward to next Sunday’s play-off clash against Sedgley Park RUFC 🐱

Eccles RFC U15’s Starting IX

  1. Josh G – Loose Head Prop
  2. David S – Hooker
  3. Ellis P – Tight-Head Prop
  4. Matt L– Second Row
  5. James W – Second Row
  6. Oliver W – Blind-Side Flanker
  7. Joe R– Open-Side Flanker
  8. Alex H – Number Eight
  9. Dan A – Scrum-Half
  10. Harry C – Fly Half
  11. Rob S– Left Wing
  12. Shea S – Inside Centre
  13. Brad P– Outside Centre
  14. Max R – Right Wing
  15. Matt W – Full-Back (Captain)

Replacements – Chea C, Jack W & Archie H

Scores on the Doors

Half Time – 0 – 12

Full Time – still 0 – 46

Eccles Try Scorer – answers on a postcard please

Eccles Men of the Match

Players Choice – Joe R

Coach Choice – Shea S

Parents Choice – Joe R

Notable Mentions

A huge shout out to Big Paul who unfortunately couldn’t get down to watch todays game due to being poorly. Get well soon Paul, the lads missed your support today and are depending on your support to see them through the game next week.

There was lots of support on the touchline today from parents of both sides which is fantastic. It is such a pity that the lads didn’t perform to the level that we all know they are capable of. On the plus side, the spy from 🐱 won’t have much to report back on

It was great to see Sam Simpson on the touchline cheering the lads on – if you’re looking for talent for the future – the talent and desire is there, but didn’t show itself today

Without a shadow of a doubt the Pass of the the day was the one Martin Parkinson made to Coach Kevin

do you ever play away Kevin?

Although clearly flattered, coach Kevin appeared to be taken aback as he quietly rebuffed Martins candid and frankly, out of the blue approach. I think there’s more to come, watch this space as Valentines Day approaches. #HopelessRomantic

I didn’t get to speak with all the Eccles parents after todays game but of those I did speak with, 14 of the 15 parents voted Joe R as their Man of the Match. This brings a couple of things in to sharp relief:

  • Very well done to Joe R, no other player has had such a complete vote from the parents all season, the last time this happened was the last time we played AshtonUnder-Lyne where Albert T took the honours in a 43-0 defeat!!! Keep up this level for the rest of the season Joe R
  • Assuming that the 14 parents are right …… who made the incorrect call on the MoM? I’ll let the rogue voter own up to their poor rugby decision making rather than identify them on here. Besides I like him and where would we be without the ref’ 👀

Naughty Step 😇

The new high performance Eccles kit was absent today after doing more running in the wash last week than was seen on the pitch today

Joe R – we all saw the attempted trip!!!

Match reporter – it’s supposed to be a match report, not a soap box!

Joe R Adidas boots IMG_3206