Radley Serpents v Marlborough Malones match report
by James Cunningham, 22 April 2022
Just like back on 22nd April 1977 when the world used optical fiber for telephone communications for the first time, an equally revolutionary event took place at Chiswick rugby club. The long dormant Radley Serpents took on a competitive Marlborough old boys’ side. The appetite to play and attend was strong, and the evening poised to be a promising affair. Having negotiated the intricacies of Barnes bridge railway station and the last-minute preparation of buying gumshields in sports direct, the Radley side arrived predictably past the meet time. After trying to overcomplicate line outs and backs moves, confidence was high and after a few inspirational words from RMCG, NM and the Referee (Nick Wood), the men were ready!
In a feat of physical performance normally reserved for the Olympiad, the Serpents started strongly and we unlucky to go behind early doors. A brace of tries from Hugo Eyre brought the sides level and the Serpents had the momentum. A particular mention must go to Hugo’s second try which he claims he intercepted within his own 22 before going the length. Throughout the night this distance kept getting longer until it became a 100m run in!
Industrious performances from Charlie Saunders, Tom Oliver, Alex House, and Jude Wakeley were some of the standout contributions.
In the second half cramp predictably started to kick in and after pulling up with cramp and knowing he would need to sub back on in 10 minutes, Richard West started the recovery process with one of Chiswick’s finest lagers. In the last 5 minutes, the Serpents supersub (who will remain nameless as apparently the Proctor is still looking for him), was tempted out of his claret Schöffel and onto the pitch. He made an immediate impact in the loose with two crunching tackles before quickly calling to the bench.
The rugby was fast flowing, well contested and at times very entertaining. In the end Marlborough ran out winners 27-12 but a great time was had by all. After the final whistle, the real game began and unfortunately Radley were again defeated in the boat race. With the generous support of the OR society, food and refreshments were available in the clubhouse and it was great to catch up with old friends.
The Serpents will be looking to use this momentum and will be in touch with further details of events. Please get in touch with James Cunningham or Hugo Eyre who can add you to the Facebook group if you would like to be involved or assist in anyway.