U15 Match Report. Away versus North Dorset.
Journey up North leads to early Christmas present
U15 Report Dorset & Wilts Cup
20 December 2015
v North Dorset RFC Won 30 - 12
Our third pool match of this years competition and having won one and lost one, this match was crucial to our hopes of progressing out of the pool and into a knock-out phase. With several boys out injured this was also an opportunity for other members of the squad to be involved in the cup campaign. We were treated to clear skies and a light breeze when we arrived, and once the drive north was out of our legs we were off. The boys started aggressively and drove well up through the middle forcing a penalty which Jake duly kicked to open the scoring after 3 minutes. Further pressure led to an attacking scrum from which a classic blindside move set up Johannes to cross in the corner. The continued pressure forced a series of mistakes and kept the opposition in their own 22, and following some strong driving play, big H drove over the extend the lead to 0-13 after nine minutes. A combination of our own mistakes and excellent breakdown defence from North Dorset, and their no.7 in particular, kept the score the same until the end of the half.
A half time request urging the boys to play uncomplicated rugby and maintain their composure was rewarded with Alex driving over to score under the posts, Jake converted to take the score to 0-20. North Dorset responded well and their robust work at the tackle and breakdown led to a score from their rampaging No.8. Injuries and substitutions forced a re-jigging of the backline and a period of sustained possession in their 22 was capped off with a flowing backline move, finished off by Jude crossing in the corner. Regaining the ball from the kick off and working it back downfield, significant pressure caused the North Dorset boys to fumble behind their own goal-line which was capitalised on by Barnaby to score the fifth try. All credit to the home team who never relented and were rewarded with a well worked try from a scrum turnover at the last play.
Loss of concentration at times was frustrating, and there is work to do in training before the next cup match against Bournemouth at the end of January. Great to go into a two week break with a good win, so well done boys, Merry Christmas to all and see you next year.
Tries; Johannes, Harrison, Alex, Jude, Barnaby
Squad: Morgan, Noah, Harrison, Ed, Tom, Arthur, Alex, Barnaby, Jake, Ben, Robert T., Ethan, Robert D., Johannes, Elliot, Declan, James, Lorne, Wiggy, Cameron, Leo, Jude.