Confusion everywhere but not on the pitch
Evesham survive tough test to continue victorious start to season
On a warm autumn morning a scenic drive through the countryside of south Worcestershire was not really what the Under-12s' parents thought they had signed up for, but that's what they got as confusion reigned over who was playing who and where. Whilst Evesham made the trip to Upton, the Upton players had gone in the opposite direction and found themselves kicking their heels at Blind Lane waiting for the rest of us to turn around and come back to Evesham.
Eventually a rugby match did break out and a bruisingly physical encounter it proved to be. With the visitors struggling for players they fielded a joint Under-12s/Under-13s side and the appearance of some bigger lads meant a hard-fought match for the home side, despite taking an early lead through a Josh A score. That was that for a long time as both sides gave as good as they got, making good headway into the opposition half, but then never making the breakthrough they wanted.
It was excitingly competitive stuff, but then the tries began to come. First good rucking set up Harry for a break inside one man and then a nice pass to Alex who beat two men to go over in the corner.
With Olli P directing play well from scrum-half a third Evesham score soon came as Harry scored a classic Harry try, jinking and twisting to beat half the Upton team before touching down.
Upton often threatened themselves and it took a determined effort from Alex and Jack to stop them pulling a try back. Alex was leading the defensive effort well with his rucking.
Try number four came as excellent hands by Luke R put Harry over. Upton were again denied on the line, but finally pulled a try back themselves with good work from a scrum. They were getting into the game now and scored a second try from a penalty given as Evesham strayed offside from a clearing kick.
Then Evesham began to cut loose. First Harry ran in from a scrum to score. Upton bagged a third after a great break by their excellent Number 1, that was almost equalled by a superb Luke R run to the corner, only to be pulled back for a foot in touch. hen Luke T scored after a great break from Luke D before the try-scoring was wrapped up by two deserved tries from Evesham's little men. First Olli P knifed through from a home scrum to cap an excellent performance and then Olli A pounced on a loose ball and ran half the length of the pitch to score.
It was a physical, demanding game that the boys deserved to win, although again the scoreline possibly flattered Evesham. Yet this shows that with their good defence they always have the pace and trickery to reach the whitewash. Will this be enough for the tougher tests to come? Tune in to future episodes to find out.
The man of the match award for his control and willingness to tackle the Upton big boys went to Harry
Team: Jonty, Jack, Luke R, Josh A, Josh N, Olli A, Sam, Owen, Olli P, Kal, Alex, Harry, Ewan, Lewis, Luke Te, Luke Tu, Angelo, Luke D
Tries: Harry (3); Olli A; Olli P; Josh A; Alex; Luke Te