Bourne 12 v 34 Boston
Boston u16s travelled to Bourne who are a team which Boston have traditionally struggled against .
Boston were fired up and keen to play to their game plan and to maintain their discipline.
Boston started well playing into the strong breeze with second row forward Marcus Gibbons delivering a great offload to the winger Jaron Cowern who scored a great opening try which was converted by the Boston fly-half, Tom Andrews. Boston captain , Aaron Evison led by example and scored the second try crashing over through the centre. Again this was converted by Tom Andrews.
Boston then missed tackles in crucial positions , allowing Bourne to score two trys. Clearly the Boston team needed to sharpen up and their prop forward John Peng was outstanding in the loose play ; Bourne could not live with him. John was well supported by his fellow prop who later took over the hooker duties, Harvey Clifton.
Boston ended the first half with a successful penalty kick by their fly half. Half time score Bourne 12 Boston 17.
In the first half , Boston had shown some examples of good decision making and individual play. What they really needed to do in the second half was to put it all together in a team performance.
George Needham at scrum half just grew in confidence and began to exert control in the match , linking well with the forwards and his fly half. He even had a try disallowed but he did not allow this to effect his decision making which was clearly displayed by the best try of the match ; 30m out, George took the ball from the base of a well won scrum , quick possession followed by him driving blind side where he linked up with Tom Andrews who was in support. Try by Tom . Excellent rugby.
Boston improved their defensive effort and Bourne were not going to score again.
Aaron Evison scored a long range try through speed and strength. He went on to complete his hat trick of tries. Fantastic captains effort which crowned a great team performance.
Boston's effort and their willingness to play as a team , gave a final result of Bourne 12 Boston 34.
Team coaches Mike Needham and Colin Smith had an interesting decision to make when selecting the man of the match ; Aaron Evison had scored three tries , Tom Andrews had scored a try , three conversion kicks and a penalty kick but both would openly acknowledge that they were given the opportunity to score by a great team performance ; team work was the key . With this in mind the coaches chose as man of the match a forward who never stopped , who played in two different positions, who tackled and who worked tirelessly for the team ; Harvey Clifton.
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