Dings U16s v Royal Wootton Bassett
Dings U16s victorious in a one half wonder against Royal Wootton Bassett
After a last-minute cancellation from Longlevans, Royal Wootton Bassett (RWB) stepped up to challenge the Dings unbeaten record. With both teams short on experienced front row players it was decided to have uncontested scrums thus creating the perfect opportunity for some running rugby.
Dings kicked off and immediately regained possession at the breakdown setting themselves up for the first attack of the game. Dings started going through the phases, and whilst some good defensive pressure from RWB forced a few missed passes, Dings were able to settle back into some quick phase play combining forwards with backs to move the ball closer to the RWB line.
After 5 minutes of relentless pressure, Herbie broke the line with a direct run off the 10 and was able to off load to Josh Pullen who went over to open the scoring under the posts. Archie slotted the conversion 7 – 0 to Dings.
From the restart, RWB replied with immediate pressure keeping Dings pinned on the half way line, gaining possession and probing the Dings defences. But Dings were quicker at the rucks and the ball was jackeled by Thomas Hedges to release the Dings back line once again. Archie Stapes quickly distributed the ball away from the break down putting Seb into open space to run half the pitch and score under the posts. Archie added the extras and it was 14 – 0 to Dings.
The game was by no means secure and RWB put in some clever kicks over the top of the Dings rush defence. However, Bill was on hand to deal with the bombardment and run it back with interest. Dings were once again pressing through the RWB 22 with some quick phases, and direct running by Tom Garland, Herbie and Josh, when Bill saw a gap and accelerated across the line to make it 19 – 0.
From the restart, RWB kicked short and immediately applied pressure at the midfiled. RWB started to make progress into the Dings half getting to within 5m of the Dings line when a penalty was awarded for holding on. Archie took a quick tap penalty and Dings started to run the ball out of their own 22. Unfortunately, Seb got isolated and attack turned quickly into defence. RWB reacted quickly to the shortage of Dings numbers and crossed the line to score the first points against Dings this season. 19 – 5
From the restart, Dings once again dominated the ruck turning the ball over and setting up an attack. Derek broke forward with some direct running and even more direct hand offs, only to be hauled down 5m short of the line. Dings recycled and two phases later Bill nipped in from the side of the ruck to score his second. 24 – 5
As half time approached Dings started to get into their stride comfortably going through the phases and sticking to their patterns, until Archie Brown broke the line and made a 20m dash for the line. He was greeted by two RWB defenders who stopped him 10m short with a crunching tackle, but the ball was quickly picked up by Thomas Hedges who drove forward to within 5m and off loaded to Archie Stapes who was all set to score when the game was stopped for a potential neck injury.
As the injured RWB player couldn’t be moved it was decided to conclude the game at half time making the final score 24 – 5 to Dings. The standard of rugby from both sides was very good, and all at Dings wish the RWB player a speedy recovery.
Well done to Ollie Pomo, and Ollie Mahoney for stepping up to play for RWB given that they were a player short. Archie Brown however, will now have to answer to the court for causing the game to be halted prematurely by running into the RWB defence too hard.