Semi final rugby for 12s
Having been made to wait for their first taste of competitive rugby the Storm boys came into the game a little nervous. This was evident early in the game with the team making some unforced errors and bad decisions with ball in hand. With storm not being as fluent as in previous weeks, Crosfields were given good field position to cross for the first try of the game. This seemed to kick the Storm boys into gear with them crossing for 2 quick tries. The first from Morgan Brown, following a great break up field from Tom Humphries, crossing with a trademark run to the line carrying 4 defenders on his back and 2 round each leg. The second from Phothale Weerapong (aka Paddy) combining power and pace to break through the Crosfields line and score close to the posts. Luke Ellison kicking one conversion from two attempts. This gave the team lots of confidence and the early nerves had now disappeared. From the kick off, a Crosfields mistake handed storm a scrum 20 meters from the try line. It was time to show what the team could create in attack. From the scrum Ethan Marshall picked the ball from the base passing to Will Rooney, Rooney then ran a dummy drop off with Paddy before spreading the ball to Luke Ellison, fast hands out to Ollie Skeech then onto Jamie Sergison to cross in the corner for the Try of the game, which he then added the extras to. With half time looming a penalty handed the opposition some territory with them exploiting some tiring defence to cross for another try. Leaving the score 16-10 at half time.
The second half was as exciting as the first. Storm added to their tally first with Will Rooney using his dummy and step to cross for a try. Converted by Jamie Sergison. Following a goal line drop out storm gifted Crosfields a penalty close to the tryline for being offside. Crosfields took advantage of this crossing for a try in reply. Leaving the scores 22-16 With 10 minutes left. Storm again pushed for another try but it wasn't to come, with opportunities wasted with the ball not going to hand.
The game ended with cheers of delight and relief from players, coaches and parents.
Storm now await the draw to see who they will face in the semi final, knowing they will need to be more clinical if they have hopes of reaching the final.
WELL DONE TO THE WHOLE TEAM, ESPECIALLY THE TWO UNDER 11s THAT STEPPED UP AND PLAYED THEIR HEARTS OUT. THANKS TOM HUMPHRIES AND MATTY EDEN FROM ALL THE PLAYERS, COACHES AND PARENTS OF NEWTON STORM UNDER 12s.