A great result for Fullers U18's against Colchester winning away 39 - 5, man of the match Conor Devine scored two tries and along with Jake Howard gave Fullers go forward ball. The forwards dominated a previously unbeaten Colchester team winning the collisions and putting pressure on the Colchester scrum leading to a number of balls against the head. Fullers played the conditions well, with Craig Duncan making good use of the wind in the first half, a fine Luc Lee try opened the scoring with the forwards winning quick go forward ball at the break down and the backs moved the ball swiftly to Luc who cruised around the outside of the Colchester defence to score in the corner.
Fullers control of the breakdown led to Colchester conceding a penalty which Craig Duncan converted for a 8 - 0 lead, however this spurred Colchester on and with Fullers conceding a number of penalties this enabled Colchester to get a head of steam and after a Colchester kick was allowed to bounce, this enabled Colchester to camp in the 22 and even though strong Fullers defence held up the initial attack Colchester were able to get the ball over the line for the ref to award the try.
Fullers now took a stranglehold on the match, keeping Colchester pinned in their own 22, with Fullers winning good ball on their own lineout with James Pidding as front jumper having a great game, stealing and disrupting the opposition ball. The forwards were making ground which allowed the backs quick ball and with good interplay between the backs and forwards gaps appeared in the opposition lines with Conor Devine bursting through for his first try converted by Craig for a 15 - 5 lead.
Straight from the kick off Oli Toms made ground with good link up work by Jack Longbottom and Toby Cozens the ball was driven to the opposition line, with the ref signalling a penalty the ball was moved to the blind side for John Barson to drive for the line knocking the opposition aside, however, the ball was just held up. The ref ruled a 5 metre scrum and with the scrum going forward Conor Devine picked up at No 8 and drove for the line and with a stretch of his arm scored his second try converted by Craig for a halt time lead of 22 - 5
The second half started with fullerians playing into the wind, however, the aggressive defence led to Colchester being pinned in their own half and after good work at the breakdown led to turnover ball a kick ahead by scrum half Josh Hancock led to Kieran Cavanagh catching the ball on the full with a quick inside pass to Craig Duncan who crossed for a try which he converted for a 29 - 5 lead.
Fullers kept pressing and with the full replacement bench being used, this gave fresh imputus to the the team with Sam Griffiths making a number of impressive runs in the centre, however, the last pass was just being knocked on we were not putting enough players into the contact situation to win quick ball, which led to Colchester being able to clear their lines. However, the scrum continued to be dominent and with Dominic Seiler winning another ball against the head,the ball was moved swiftly to the blind sind with Gareth Jones and Sam Griffiths making good ground before the ball was passed to George Selwood to go over in the corner for a 34 - 5 lead.
Fullers continued to keep the pressure on and after pinning Colchester back in their 22 a series of catch and drives at the line out was well defended, however, a knock on by Colchester led to a 5 metre scrum and Toby Cozens now playing at No 8 showed that what ever Conor could do he could as well by driving over from the scrum for the final try and a 39 - 5 victory.
Fullerians have a home match in the quarter finals of the LV cup against either Rochford 100 or Ealing
Squad; John Barson, Dominic Seiler, Jake Howard,Jack Bateson, James Pidding, Toby Cozens, Jack Longbottom, Conor Devine, Josh Hancock, Craig Duncan, Ben Meyers, Kieran Cavanagh, Luc Lee, George Selwood, Oli Toms; Replacements; Jackson Allen, Lee Bass, Joe Higgins, Gareth Jones, Sam Griffiths
Man of the Match Conor Devine