Handling errors cost the Braves
A more positive performance against Dockers should have resulted in more than a draw.
The Braves entertained Hull Dockers at the Leisure Center looking to bounce back from their defeat by Cottingham.
The Braves started the game well forcing a early handling error from Dockers. Despite some good passing plays the Braves failed to capitalize of their good field position. The Braves continued to be strong in defense giving Dockers little opportunity and eventually the pressure told and on the back of some good rugby Sam Bayes crossed for the opening try which Joe Dobson converted.
The Braves continued to apply the pressure but handling errors prevented them from taking advantage of their dominant position in the game. Eventually strong running from William Wilson broke down the Dockers defense and he crossed for the Braves second try which was not converted.
The Braves took their foot of the gas and once again handling errors and ill discipline cost them field position and in the closing seconds of the first half Dockers crossed for a converted try.
The second have was a story of what ifs. The Braves continued to make handling errors and give away penalties allowing Dockers back into the game and they eventually scored their second try which was unconverted. The Braves rallied briefly and a good passage of play resulted in Tierney Chillcott dive in at the corner for what should have been the decider.
Dockers had different ideas and on the back of more handling errors Dockers camped on the Braves try line. Great defense especially from Oscar Thomas, Jacob Parkinson, Tierney Chillcott and Sam Dulson kept them out until the final seconds when thy finally broke through to score in the corner. The try was not converted resulting in a draw.
Man of the Match went Tierney Chillcott, Top Tackler went to Jacob Parkinson and the Coaches Award went to Oscar Thomas for his try saving tackle.
The Braves next fixture is away at East Hull on Sunday June 11th, kick off is at 10:15.