Around about this time, we should have been getting ready for the start of the new season.
However, that’s not the case as the world continues to battle against the spread of Covid-19.
While the pandemic seems to be under control, authorities are still making sure every precaution is being taken to avoid a second spike.
As a result, community rugby has been put on hold for the time being.
The RFU said an October start is unlikely unless there is a ‘dramatic improvement in the prevalence of the virus in the community’.
So, while we sit and wait and the players continue their pre-season training not knowing when they will get to get back to doing what they love, we shall take a look back on the curtailed 2019/20 season.
As a result of the season coming to an end five games short, only one player played in all 25 games. That was front rower Mike Jobling with Steve Johnson just one game behind on 245 while skipper Ali Heard and Liam Regardsoe featured in all but two matches.
Despite playing 23 games, Regardsoe failed to get over the try line. Others that did not register a try include Cam Curry (22 appearances), Mike Dias (21), Tipiloma Kivalu (21) and Paul Hamber (14).
At the top of the try scoring list are two forwards with Latu Maka’afi and Tom O’Donnell who finished the season with seven tries apiece. Mike Adlard and skipper Heard were next on the list with six touchdowns. No player scored a hat-trick last season, but four players managed to score twice in a game. They were Johnson, Adlard, Maka’afi and O’Donnell. In total, the team scored 57 tries – four of which were penalty tries.
Of those 57 tries, 33 were converted. Twenty-eight of which came from the boot of fly-half Simon Humberstone while Reece Dean chipped in with four while Doug Flockhart kicked the other. Humberstone also landed 29 penalties while Dean added five and Lockhart another one. No drop goals were scored last season. Humberstone scored in 13 successive matches while O’Donnell scored tries in four consecutive games.
We can only hope the 2020/21 season gets under way sooner rather than later and Norman Angell can get back to recording all these stats.
Thank you for Norman for your great work.