Good First Win, but much to learn for Under-12s
Local rivals swept aside
The Under-12s got their season off to a fine start with a convincing 8-0 victory over local rivals Bredon. With the visitors featuring many of the boys' classmates from school, this was one they wanted to win and they didn't disappoint, putting in an excellent team performance.
The increase in players from 9 to 12-a-side means space will be a premium this year and the boys at times struggled to find their way over the Bredon tryline against determined first-half defence. Josh N's first try after good Evesham pressure was all they had to show for a long time despite keeping the visitors penned inside their own half. Eventually, however, the lads did add to that early score when outstanding work from man-of-the match Luke T opened up the space for Harry to do what he does best - stand up a defence and skin it for pace.
With the score only 2 - 0 at half-time it looked like a tough game with Evesham's outstanding tackling and rucking giving them the edge. But the coaches' half-time words of wisdom and maybe some tired Bredon bodies meant more tries soon came. First was a solo sprint by Django, before lovely hands from Harry put Luke T over for a well-deserved score before Django simply ripped the ball off a Bredon defender and dived over to score a second. Good support play from Josh N earned him his second score before nice hands along the line allowed Luke D to jog in and make it 7 - 0. Django then bagged his hat-trick, catching the ball straight from the kick-off and running the length of the field to sore.
So a good days' work for the home side.Excellent tackling, fierce rucking and strong running were the basis of this victory, but against better opposition the boys will need to make greater use of the space out wide.