U15 - Report
|Bedford B||14||vs||19||Harlequin Amateurs Rugby Club|
Bedford B U15 14 Harlequin Amateurs U15 19
Harlequins Under 15s remain undefeated but only after a tremendous battle against a very good Bedford side with the winning try scored with the final play of the match to take the victory by 19 points to 14.
The outstanding Bedford fly-half dominated the opening exchanges and an inside pass to his winger saw the home side take a very early lead with the score converted.
As Quins have shown over the season they are a team that fights to the end and gradually the team started getting some ball despite the forwards having a torrid time in the set-piece, especially in the lineout.
To add to this early pressure, Quins lost two players to injuries with Matt Harding and Joey Walker having to leave the pitch.
Quins responded to that early try with an excellent try of their own. Fly-half, Guy Denaro popped the ball to inside centre Harry Rusk, who drove the ball on and with a quick recycle the ball was moved wide right to Jim Phillipson and our lethal finisher, showed just how quick he is by rounding the home side’s defence to score under the posts and level the score.
Quins injury woes continued with Harry Rusk going off just after half time to be replaced by Dan Triplett, whose powerful running showed just how good the whole squad has become.
Bedford, with a number of very good players, continued to pressurise with Quins defending manfully, but eventually the pressure took its toll with Bedford again taking the lead with a converted try.
Bedford continued to press and with just 10 minutes left Quins were on the ropes, but a missed penalty by the home side seemed to lift Quins and the team started to get more ball.
None more stepped up than Charlie Austin-Groome. The outside centre drove into Bedford’s defence and was only stopped 5 metres out. The ball was recycled a number of times before hooker Owain Davies drove over. Jim Phillipson converted to draw the match level.
The remaining few minutes were a tense affair with Quins finishing the stronger and that strength of mind and body was the deciding factor.
Quins, deep in Bedford’s half, recycled the ball wide to Charlie Austin-Groome and he again attacked the defence breaking through to score and win the match from 25 metres out.
Quins keep their 100% record, but it is a true testimony to the squad that when new players were needed on the field (by the end of the game we had used all the players on the bench for injury cover) everyone answered the call defending with tenacity and attacking with skill.
This win goes to show what a talented squad coach Ben Hodd is gathering and looks highly encouraging for the rest of this season and beyond.