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Rugby Match Report:- Warwickshire Police RFC 19 vs 29 Bedworth Vets RFC
Warwickshire Police RFC Return!!!

A fantastic team effort from the Police Team who were always going to be up against it playing a strong experienced team who have played together all season.

It was great to have a team of 15, but to have the option of 4 substitutes was brilliant.

The team, captained by Neil Reader had players from all over the force area and all departments. Some players are still playing for clubs, but the majority have not played for a very long time.

The two props of Dominic Bes-Jeary and Andrew Kavanagh were solid at the front and with Roy Wyatt and Gary Johnson offering a solid base for the rest of the front 8 to work off. Rod Joy played at number 2. Due to Rod it was not an easy day for the Bedworth hooker and he made some strong and aggressive breaks. He was always in the thick of it like all good hookers should be and did not give a yard anywhere he was involved.

Paul Whitehurst led the pack from the front, always taking the ball on the charge at pace and with strength. Kirby supported his pack and backs at all the breakdowns. He ran and tackled round the park all day.

A quality non-stop performance from Matthew Hodgetts. Matt ran and ran and ran and ran and tackled and tackled and tackled, it lifted the pack to play aw well as they did.

Chris Potter directed play from the number 9 shirt, kept on running and made breaks from the scrum, which gained us valuable yards. Adi Iliff ran and kicked the bal superbly. He tackled when needed and kicked us out of trouble when required with 2 conversions to his name at the end of the game.

Captain Neil Reader who offered prop coverage (yes you got it - a winger who can play in the front row) did exactly what was asked of him all day. He was solid on the wing and solid when he came on in the front row, unlucky not to be a winning captain.

The Hewitt and Atwal centre partnership worked like a dream and it was as if they had played together before. Hewitt used his pace to make breaks and held the line all match. Atwal continued to break tackles up to the 80th minute. He put in some very hard tackles from which the Bedworth players took time from getting up.

Ian McLeod was very quick and tackled well above his weight all game. McLeod (snr) was very dependable and did what was asked of him at all times. Well done McLeod's your mum must be proud.

As per normal if you know Cawail Wong he left his kicking boots in the car. Cawail used his speed and strength to break the game line every time he touched the ball, even if we were on our ttry line!

We were lucky enough to have 3 willing subs. These were Paul Edwards who had about 20 minutes and didn't put a foot wrong. Steve Croshaw who had bought some new boots for the occasion, played with commitment for the short time he had on the pitch.

Finally the Club Chairman Andy Johnson came on at prop. Andy does exactly what it says on the tin, 'Will scrummage all day, just wait 'til I get there though'

Thanks to Simon Mason who caused the biggest shock of the day by making the players warm up, I don't think he will be invited again.

The Chairman said afterwards, "I was very proud to see Warwickshire Police RFC playing again with such enthusiasm and pride after such an absence. I am grateful to all the players and supporters who turned out to make it a great day. In particular I would like a special thanks to go to Adam James who has been instrumental in getting us to this point. Well done to all".

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