Under 14's - Report
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Cleve U13 Match Report - Friendly - Sunday 18th March 2012 vs. Bradford-on-Avon (Away) – Reporter Scoop L
After a few weeks without a proper match, Cleve U13s travelled to Bradford-on-Avon for some much-needed game time. Thanks must go to Bradford for agreeing to this short notice fixture on Mothers’ Day and even providing some lovely spring sunshine!
Cleve started the match with their strongest line-up and from the kick-off showed that their power up front would cause Bradford some problems. Early pressure saw a scrum on Bradford’s line and although they won the ball cleanly, the clearing kick was charged down by Dan Thurston who fell on the ball for his shortest try of the season so far. The second try came straight from the resultant restart with a clean take from the Cleve pack and quick recycling releasing Archie Franklin up the right wing for his first try of the game. After this start, the omens were not good for Bradford but they dug in and got their game going obviously lifted by a superb tackle by their full back on a charging Dan Thurston. Unfortunately, this feat could not be repeated a few minutes later allowing Dan to cross for his second. Cleve’s fourth try came off the back of a concerted Bradford attack. Having soaked up a number of waves of Bradford play based on cleanly recycled ball, there was finally a turn over in midfield allowing Archie Franklin to break away down the right before feeding Connor Price on the wing to finish off in some style. A few minutes later, Cleve stole Bradford’s line out ball and from the ensuing maul, Max Hutchins broke off the back to power his way over the line. Up to this point, Cleve’s backs had had very little opportunity to stretch their legs in attack so it was good to see the final try of the third coming from a Cleve scrum on their own line. The ball was cleanly spun wide and went through a number of pairs of hands before Lewis Oakley joined the line from full back to feed Connor Price on right wing. Some swift inter-passing between these 2 players and great support running finally saw Connor cross for his second of the day. This was to be the final try of the first third and wrapped up a strong opening performance by Cleve. Unfortunately, the Cleve kickers seemed to have left their boots at home and all the tries went unconverted.
End of First Third – Cleve 30 – Bradford on Avon 0
Both sides made some changes for the second third which resulted in a much more closely contested game with Bradford finally being able to show some strong attacking intent with good runs from a number of players and solid rucking across the team. The first try of the third occurred when scrum half Kiyan Wiltshire picked up from the base of the scrum and darted across the line. Archie Franklin scored his second later on after another strong run – his new fitness regime really paying off. This third was probably the best of the game with both sides showing attacking intent and strong defence resulting in flowing end-to-end rugby.
End of Second Third – Cleve 40 – Bradford on Avon 0
The final third followed the pattern of the second with more flowing rugby from both sides. However, Cleve’s extra height in the lineout once again proved important with a clean take from Charlie Naivalurua setting up Max Hutchins for his second of the day. Two minutes later the pocket dynamo that is Declan Grimstead crossed the line after fine following up and typical open-side endeavour. To their credit, never once did Bradford allow their heads to drop and 2 crunching tackles that drew a collective intake of breath from the supporters typified their resilience and never-say-die attitude. Three more tries were to follow for Cleve with Archie Franklin completing his hat-trick and Lewis Oakley showing the benefit of backing up after from a strong break and inside feed from Dan Thurston. The final try of the game came right on the final whistle when, much to the delight of the Cleve crowd, Muaaz Ahmad playing at blind-side flanker instead of his normal hooker showed power and pace to cross for his first Cleve try from 10 yards out. Lewis Oakley’s change of boots and recent 7s’ training obviously did the trick as he was able to land 3 conversions in this half, all with drop kicks.
Final Score – Cleve 71 – Bradford on Avon 0
Archie Franklin (3), Dan Thurston (2), Connor Price (2), Max Hutchins (2), Lewis Oakley, Declan Grimstead, Kiyan Wiltshire, Muuaz Ahmad.
Conversions: Lewis Oakley (3)
Tyler Clarke, Dan Moorhead, Will Giles, Max Hutchins, Charlie Naivalurua, Declan Grimstead, Jack Churchill, Archie Franklin, Kiyan Wiltshire, Sam Perry, Jasper Norman, Charlie Lendon, Dan Thurston, Connor Price, Lewis Oakley, Ross Kelly, Connor Pearce, Muaaz Ahmad, James Moorhead, Dan Morgan.