RAF Waddington match report 11/01/2015 RAF Waddington vs The Royal British Legion Lincoln. Score 19 – 10
This was a game organised by the Royal British Legion (RBL) as a Charity fundraising match. RAF Waddington were approached and asked if they would like to play the Royal British Legion Lincoln at Lincoln Rugby Club. The weather was dry but windy for the match which kicked off at 13:00 on Sunday 11th January.
The RAF Waddington side was a mix of abilities from the normal players and some of the older players who don’t normally play, namely the club president Vaughan, who donned his boots for the first time in a few years.
The RBL side was made up of Lincoln Rugby Club coaches and RBL members, most of whom had also not played contact rugby for years. Being a charity match there were unlimited rolling substitutes permitted throughout the game. The game started with a bang and within the first five minutes RAF Waddington had made a breakaway try, testament to the fact that most of the Waddington players play regularly compared to the RBL team. This was converted by the team captain for the day, ‘Evo’. This try focused the RBL side and for the next twenty minutes there was very little movement up and down the pitch as both sides fought for possession. With ten minutes to half time Waddington managed to break away again and score another try, this time not getting the conversion. Just before the half-time whistle the RBL broke through the tiring Waddington defence and scored a try but were unable to convert it. The half- time score was 12–5.
The second half started as the first had finished with the RBL side pressuring Waddington; they spent almost 15 minutes in the Waddington half putting the defence to the test, but to no avail. Waddington won a couple of penalties and the play was kicked back into the RBL half. After some pressure from the Waddington forwards, the backs were finally released allowing a third try for Waddington which was converted. The final twenty minutes of the game were a great test for the older players who were showing signs of the fact they hadn’t played for a while. The pressure being laid down by Waddington was, however, repelled until the final whistle, the final score being 19–10 to RAF Waddington.
The game was enjoyed by both sets of players and the intention is to make this an annual event in support of a good cause. Alongside the game there were some charity stands, a raffle and a silent auction which in total raised £1,030 for the Royal British Legion.