MK edged out by Olney in epic contest
More progress from the U14 Zulu Warriors at Olney
Milton Keynes visited Local rivals Olney
Whilst MK prevailed last year over the Olney B team, both teams fielded strong squads. Although Jo Best was missing due to illness – handing Isaac Pooler a debut.
In a brilliant match, both teams defended and attacked with great quality and intensity in the first half – and there was no score in the first 15 minutes, despite great runs from Isaac Pooler, Brad Watson, Meach Power and Harris Irving. All four zulu warriors had brilliant games throughout.
MK’s defence was outstanding throughout the match with the forwards bossing the breakdown and going well in the scrum. Taylor Weatherill, Seb Illingworth and Stan Brooks turned over a lot of ball, whilst Jojo Monaghan, Noah Howard Birt and Yannis Hamilton tackled everything that moved. And in the centre of the pitch Harry Pugh excelled in his new position at outside centre.
MK lost Harry Ryan to a knee injury, but the ever improving Toby Sargeant and Trestin Tamakloe proved great deputies in the front row.
Olney went ahead from good play outwide, which saw MK just run out of numbers and the try was converted. More good attacking from MK led to a chance from 5 yards only for the pass not to go to hand with Dan Fitton in space waiting to pounce. This led to some sustained Olney pressure and they scored another try outwide to go 12-0 up.
MK roared back from the kick off – great pressure from Harris Irving and Brad Watson led to the ball breaking to Irving who kept his composure to score. MK rang the changes with Ed Gellet and Sean Biard both coming on and made impacts in defence and attack.
HT left it 12-5
MK started on the front foot, with more awesome tackling from Howard-Birt and Ellis Stokes – provided JoJo Monaghan room to race through, the ball was re-cycled left and Meach Powers Kick and Chase fell well and the Full back went over to make the score 12-10.
The next 10 mins so surging runs from Noah Howard Birt, Harris Irving, Nathan Searle, Adam Price and the bruised Sam Jefferson – but Olney’s defence stood strong. Olney then added 2 late tries to put an unfair balance on the scoreline.
In summary a brilliant performance by MKRUFC Under 14. Closing the gap on a strong Olney team. In the end finishing was the difference between the two team and we look forward to hosting Olney (who are always great hosts) later in the season.