Kings U21's v OW U21's
Kings U21's start the Surrey Cup with six tries and a win despite early season lack of fitness
U21 Cup - Match Report 2nd September 2017
Kings U21 38 v 19 Old Walcountians U21
Tries – Josh Dhillon (3), Dom Tyson, Alex Coe, Connor Green
Kicks - Ed O’Callaghan (3), Will Kibblewhite ©
Best Forward – Felix Griffin
Best Back – Josh Dhillon
The King’s U21’s started the Surrey Cup with a well-earned win, carving out six tries despite early season lack of fitness. OW dominated territory and possession in the first quarter, but committed tackling by the King’s boys, particularly the back-row Felix Griffin (best forward), Dom Tyson and Josh Ballard, prevented them from scoring and, against the run of play, Kings broke from deep with a flowing move through the hands of backs and forwards that resulted in Josh Dhillon’s first try, after 22 minutes. Dom Tyson (pack-leader) had a great game carrying and tackling hard, and was rewarded with a try 3 minutes later. Generally the tight five – Nick Phizackerley, Connor Green, Aayesh Patel, Nick Davies and Jacob Byford scrummaged well against a strong OW pack, but a lost scrum after 34 minutes allowed OW to move the ball wide and their big ball carrying No. 12 made big in-roads enabling OW to score. A loose kick from Kings just before half-time resulted in a second OW try so the boys turned around 12:14 down. After half-time Kings got their second wind, entering a 15 minute period of complete dominance during which Alex Coe made a break on the wing, off-loading inside to allow Josh to score after 2 minutes. Great service from Chris Moore at #9 and Ollie Rance at #10 enabled Ed O’Callaghan and Will Kibblewhite © in the centres to make lots of breaks and Josh scored again 8 minutes later. Kamal Oke on the left wing had a few good carries but it was Alex Coe who scored again after another 5 minutes. Chris Moore valiantly tackled the big OW #12, but came off worse and left the field with concussion. Replacement props Toby Howard and Harry Lovelock both made a big impact on the game when they came on and Connor Green made some big hits. Connor’s efforts were rewarded with a strong carry from 5 yards through several OW tackles to score, putting the game beyond OW’s reach with only 9 minutes to go. However, undeterred OW had the last word just before full-time, scoring from a quick throw-in with no-one from Kings in sight! The boys’ lack of fitness had finally prevailed!
Thanks to Jotty Dhillon for helping with Coaching, Jane for physio support, Paddy for the post-match food & on-going support and all the parents who came to support.
Nigel – U21 Coach