Triumphant Return for Harbury Two’s in 55 – 7 win
Winning start to the season as Harbury power past Alcester for impressive win.
A capacity crown filled Waterloo Fields to see the return of the beloved Harbury seconds led by Harbury stalwart Adrian Exton who as ever was held together by several reels of tape. Late drop outs due to injury, illness and hangovers put Harbury on the back foot and when Alcester crossed the line immediately from kick off there was a worry that the afternoon could be a very long ordeal.
Thankfully this was not the case and Harbury from the restart manged to gather the ball and work the phases up the field. Good support play and use of the hands saw the ball out to the left wing where Evans was hauled down just short before the ball was again recycled and good hands from the backs allowed Alford to cross under the posts to level up at 7 – 7.
A jubilant crowd then fell silent as Paul Evans attempting to run the ball clear from deep was left in a heap by a strong tackle. This led to the arrival of new Harbury Physio Jo to come to the rescue for the first time at HRFC. Some magic spray and a gentle rub saw Evans rise to his feet but his match was done; thankfully Seymour Smith was keen on the bench to come to the rescue as a like for like replacement!
The next 15 minutes saw play mainly stuck in the middle third with good defence from both sides. As the half moved towards the end the Harbury forwards stepped up a gear with Alcester unable to cope in the scrums against a front row of Heydon, Pickin and Exton. Penalties were the result and the ball was kicked for the corner. The Harbury lineout was also now dominating and secure ball and good hands from fly half Finch and Spade at Centre saw full back Alford cross for a second try to make the score 14 – 7.
The flood gates then opened and three more try’s were scored by Harbury before half time with Alford scoring a third and Pickin finishing off a nice move with plenty of nice looking offloads. The pick of them though came from Swidryk who gathered a beautifully weighted cross field kick from Anderson before running in from the 22.
H/T 31 – 7 to Harbury
The second half began as the first half ended with Alcester unable to cope with Harbury’s forwords who were domination the breakdown, scrums and lineout. Gaps began to develop more frequently with the Harbury backs in the mood to get on the scoresheet. Spade was released for try time due to good hands from new Harbury recruit Mide Pedan who played his part in a number of try’s throughout the afternoon.
The champagne moment of the day came from half time sub Jamie Bearman who when targeted on a long run by the Alcester winger was met with heavy contact with Bearman driving him back and taking the ball leaving the Alcester man in a heap and embarrassed. Three more try’s were scored before the conclusion with Swidryk scoring a second and Anderson getting a deserved score for a strong performance at scrum half before Alford concluded the game with a final score out wide.
Final Score Harbury 55 –Alcester 7
A brilliant return to league Rugby for Harbury 2’s with lots of new and old faces. A fantastic result that was built on secure ball in the forwards allowing the backs to have some fun with every member of the team doing their bit. The good times continue next week with the 2’s back in league action away to Old Laurentian’s. Training will be taking place Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and if you are looking for a game please contact the club to get involved!