Dockers U14s show their fighting spirit, but are unable to beat physical Rhinos.
Newham Dockers U14s finished off their first ever season with a spirited performance against a physically imposing Eastern Rhinos side on Saturday 7th July.
After a good win in last week’s league game against Brentwood, the Newham side went into this fixture full of confidence and started the game brightly, with Owen Flindall’s kick off forcing the Rhinos into a mistake straight away. This set the position for the Dockers to apply some pressure on the opposition’s try line which was eventually rewarded when ranjit singh collected Anthony Sinclair’s kick to touch down under the posts for a 6-0 lead.
The game continued to be a closely fought contest, with both sides showing their defensive mettle and working hard to keep their opponents at bay. Newham’s Michael Laskov inspired his team-mates with one bone-crunching hit that forced the Rhinos player to lose the ball and set up the Dockers for another attack, but they could not capitalise on this position.
Eventually the Rhinos managed to pull themselves back into the game, with three tries in quick succession which put them into a 14-6 lead at half-time.
The second half started with Dockers aware that this was their last half of rugby league this season, and it seemed to galvanize them with Seb Solano and dovydas jankauskas coming to the fore. Some solid Rhinos defence managed to keep the Dockers out for three sets, before the pressure told and Charlie Landers slipped through a tackle for an unconverted try which brought Newham into a 14-10 deficit.
More bruising defence from both sides saw the injuries start to mount up, with the Dockers losing Brad Rackham, Jankauskas and tyron lukun. This caused the Newham side to lose focus and some sloppy defence let the Rhinos in for two tries from dummy half which pushed them out to 24-10 with ten minutes left to play.
The last ten minutes of the season showed how far the Newham Dockers have come this season, as they showed passion and determination to the end with Donatas Vainorius and Tomas Seniut working hard in defence alongside alfie sillitoe and David Young who were working hard with the ball to try and finish the game on a high.
Unfortuately the Dockers were unable to add to their tally, and Rhinos added one more try at the death to leave the final score 28-10, which did not reflect the hard work of the Dockers side who put in their best defensive performance of the season.
Speaking after the game, Dockers coach Chris Williams said: ‘This game was the most physical we’ve played in all season, and I’m proud of how every single player stood up to the test. We have improved beyond all recognition throughout the season, and these boys should be proud of themselves and their team-mates for a historic first season. Next year will be a great chance to use what we’ve learnt this season, and I’m sure we’ll be much stronger for the experience.’
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