Game 2 – Leicester Tigers
A slightly different experience.
Ever since I was little, playing rugby at my Junior club, Old Northamptonians. All I ever heard was how good the atmosphere was on Derby Day at the Gardens. From watching Manu Tuilagi basically assault Chris Ashton, to watching Northampton beat Leicester at the gardens in 2013. Its always something I’ve wanted to be involved in.
Early in the week we had some pretty honest meetings as a group. Discussing what went wrong against Saracens. The fact we were so slow to start and so passive in defence, something that we couldn’t let happen again. The first half of the week was very much defence focused and how we could shut down Leicester’s powerful and exciting back line. Lots of meetings about tactics and how we were going to manipulate them and their little weaknesses around the pitch.
So Saturday rolls around and there is a slightly different feel in the air for this one. The village is already filling up nicely and everyone seems excited for what hopefully will be the day that will restart our season how we wanted to kick off against Saracens. Early on in the game it was quite cagey and no team really took the game by the scruff of the neck. A try and a couple of penalties took us in to half time with a slight lead. Midway through the second half it was time for a bit of magic. Tom Collins, a local lad from Northampton School for Boys made a 30-meter break, beat the last man and scored and absolute blinder.
Personally, it was awesome to be able to be a part of the game even though it was only for 5 minutes at the end. All these little bits of game time will build experience and when the time comes I will be able to step up to become a senior fly half.
Bath will be at the gardens on Friday night and I’m sure the place will be rocking again. See you there.