DK U 15 8, Broadstreet U15 12. Sunday 20th February 2011
Squad: Will Squire, Tom Parkes, Ben Southall, Dan Southall, Jake Whitney, Simon Gore, james wheeler, Mattie Acaster, Patrick Keen, Scott Fawkes, Ryan Healey, Alex Brookes, Hayden Green, Tom Jones, Matt McLaughlin, Calum Kavanagh, Rhys Hamilton, Jack Bray, Will Renwick, James Hadley, Miles Legister, isaac latham, Joel Faux-Conduit. (Apologies for any errors)
Broadstreet from Coventry have a significantly different fixture list to ours, so it was difficult to know what to expect. What we got was a close and hard-fought encounter and we hope to renew the acquaintanceship next season. Both teams gave strong performances, although proceedings failed to flow due to constant interruptions from the referee’s whistle.
In a game where defences were generally on top, the home pack performed much better than the previous week and the team as a whole missed very few tackles, especially in the first half. Again, however, the backs seemed to have little space due to slow ball and had to work hard to exploit the few opportunities available. This was in contrast to the opposition threequarters who generally looked the more dangerous. The home lineout often resulted in tap downs, giving the scrum half untidy ball, although one particular catch and drive displayed exemplary collective technique.
Broadstreet exerted most of the pressure for the first half and only a combination of good defence and failure to give the final pass kept the scoresheet blank. A number of kickable penalty opportunities were turned down in favour of running the ball and it was somewhat against the run of play when the play was taken deep into Broadstreet territory. An attempted kick out of defence failed to make touch and found Jake Whitney who ran strongly to score in the corner (5-0). Penalty followed penalty thereafter until half time.
Shortly into the second half, Will Squire was tackled and stayed down with an injury that looked like a broken collar bone (subsequently confirmed). Obviously, he could take no further part in proceedings and is now likely to be out for the rest of the season. After play resumed some twenty minutes later, DK were awarded a penalty and this time Harry Bayliss took the three points on offer to make the score 8-0. However, Street came back strongly and exerted concerted pressure on the DK line, to eventually breach the home defence with a well taken try that was then converted to make the score 8-7. After a period of mid-field exchanges, it was Broadstreet again who ran in their second try with a powerful run up the left hand touchline through three missed tackles to score in the corner (8-12). As the game drew towards a close, tempers were becoming a little frayed on occasion and the penalties (fairly evenly shared) kept coming. Right at the death, a golden opportunity was presented to the home side with a penalty five metres out. However this came to nothing and the final whistle blew for the end of the game.