Men's 4s Season Wrap
Over in the Surrey Conference South, the Men’s 4th XV had quite the challenging season; a mix of away games to the deepest and darkest corners of the county, and a league peppered with 2nd and 3rd XVs from some of Surrey’s most established rugby powerhouses. Long gone were the seasons with a trip around the corner to SCRFC and a short walk to Bec!
Under the new stewardship of Ben Taylor, the season’s aims were simple but challenging; to push the likes of Cobham’s and Sutton’s 3rdXV for a spot in the playoffs, and to keep the spirit of casual-but-quality rugby in the 4’s alive and kicking. An uncharacteristically-strong start to the season saw the 4s polishing off four 2nd XVs on the trot, before a humbling 46-12 masterclass from Sutton & Epsom brought the team back down to earth. A strong influx of new faces combined with the old guard to come together over the winter months, with a squad of only 15 managing to beat Dorking’s 3’s and come within a single point of a well-deserved home win against S&E.
Whilst 3rd place was enough to avoid Sutton in the playoffs, Old Walcountians proved to be just as hard a task, going down to a well-drilled OW’s backline in a game as rich in physicality as it was in good spirits. Without Ben West (Captain’s Player of the Year) bulldozing his way through from the front row or Nick Rowley (Player’s Player of the Year) pulling the strings at flyhalf, it was always going to be a tough ask to win in the playoffs, but despite a disappointing end to the year, it was a great season for the 4’s.
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