MRFC U14s Marauders 24 Droitwich 12
Great Example of Forwards Deciding Who Wins the Game and the Backs Deciding by How Much
A wonderful game of rugby on the main pitch at Spring Lane this morning. From the start Malvern were determined to avenge the two heavy defeats they have suffered at Droitwich hands on the last meetings. Malvern applied pressure form the kick off, dominating possession, winning a lot of turnover, and some strong and incisive running from Josh, Hamish and Morgan. The benefit of winning turnover ball showed in Malvern's first try, stealing the ball at a ruck, the ball moving quickly to Hamish who went on a strong run to score, 1-0 (7-0).
Droitwich got back on level terms, against the run of play, with a driving forwards try from a close range penalty, 1-1 (7-7). Droitwich then took the lead - moving the ball quickly to their wing who had a fairly easy run in 1-2 (7-12).
Malvern were undeterred by this setback, securing the next score with an excellent try. Hamish picking up from a scrum, making a strong break, before the ball was recycled and moved through the backs, Jack C spotting a gap behind the Droitwich defence and putting through a delightful kick for Corey, swooping like an eagle on an unsuspecting rabbit, to gather the ball at speed, and complete the move, 2-2 (12-12).
Droitwich came back in to the game, using their big forwards to try to punch holes in the Malvern defence - they could have tried all day. Any number of players put in some great tackles, but the workrate of Kaney and Max stood out particularly.
The great defence was rewarded by retaking the lead with a wonderful team try, moving the ball the length and width of the field. Will L making a break, feeding Corey who gained a lot of ground, the ball recycled to Hamish, offloaded to Charlie, recycled again, before Godders crashed over from close range, 3-2 (17-12).
Malvern completed the scoring, with Cookie stealing the ball at a ruck, the backs doing their thing before finding Charlie on the wing who showed great speed to evade the pursuing defenders, 4-2 (24-12).
Droitwich exerted more pressure, going through a lot of phases, but again the Malvern wall could not be breached, running out deserved winners.
A brilliant advert for rugby, close, hard fought, but fair, with a real team effort and hard work evident throughout.
Well done all - one of the best performances of the season, with everyone contributing.
Thanks to Neil Preece for the write up.