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Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Hodgkins & Wanders Fall to St Peters

On a powerfully hot sunny day with no shade, for the second week in a row, Jamin Hodgkins and his Wanderers teammates kicked off at 3 pm only to find they were 13 - 0 down to a spirited St Peters side early. For the larger players there was no respite in the heat and rehydration for both sides was certainly a priority. Concerns exist that the Wanderers need to realize that a penalty count against their team’s name is not a positive on the scoreboard, and needs to be driven home, as once again the official found fault with nearly everything the visitors did. A well-worked catch and drive opened the scoring for the home side and two penalties put them comfortably ahead before the Wanderers woke up. Eventually realizing the invisible force field across the “Rocks” 22 was fictitious they started to gain some momentum but it was about as rare as the clouds. A penalty from Harry Carson reduced the arrears but just as the visitors gained a foothold and applied pressure with a driving maul the referee called a halt to the half. Half time 13-3.

With no letup in the sun, the Wanderers did kick the half off with a more positive intent. A Try from Ceri Morris reduced the arrears to 13-10 but normal service was resumed as St Peters regained control of the proceedings. Their second Try edged them ahead again and as the visitors wilted in the sun like some ageing sunflowers there was only going to be one winner. Occasional moments gave the “Massiv” a distraction from the search for shade but execution in the St Peters 22 was poor. Third and fourth tries rounded off a well-deserved win for the home side and sent the Wanderers back with their tails between their legs falling 31 - 10.
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