Market Harborough U14’s 12 Loughborough U14’s 7
Last Sunday saw Boro U14’s travel to County Champions Market Harborough for the quarter final of the County Cup.
Having played Harborough twice last season, and being on the wrong end of big scores, Boro were fired up to show the opposition how much they had improved, and did that from the start, with both teams fighting for possession, and neither gaining the edge. Clearly the home side are a quality team, but Boro matched them in every department, George Waller
providing the backs with great service, giving them time to spin the ball wide, but the defence were up to the challenge, and so the game progressed, end to end, until Harborough managed the get a quick ball to the touchline, where despite Boro’s efforts, they managed to run a try in, but missed the conversion. Boro stuck to the task however, but just before half time, Harborough’s winger managed to break free, for the only time in the game, and run in under the posts, the home side converting to make the score 12: 0.
As the second half started, it was clear that Boro were still in the game, and they hit the home side hard, fresh legs from Sam Tyler
and Jack Everitt-Stewart
making a big difference, and as the home side tried to attack, Boro managed to keep position and pour forward, the pack working well together, Charlie Small
hooking well, and 2nd row Jack Ellis
having his best game yet, but despite great runs from Michael Ritchie, Billy Bryant and Mikey Flatman
, they just couldn’t get that final pass in to go over. The last 10 minutes of the game saw Boro camped in Harborough’s 22, every time they managed to kick clear, Boro were straight back at them, Niall McWhir
, Louis Godfrey
and Tyler going over but being held up, but Boro stuck at it, and finally Godfrey touched down, and with the last kick of the game, Billy Savery put the ball through the posts against the wind, and from a tight angle, to make the final score Harborough 12, Boro 7, the referee commenting that it was the best game of rugby, and the best 2 front rows that he had officiated so far this season. A very tense and exciting game and a testament again to Boro’s big strides forward this season