U16s - Last Minute Sheffield Steal!
U16s Old Brodleians 26 Sheffield 27
With it being the final game of the season I was going to take a break from the match report this week, but you played so well today I felt compelled to write it up and put my roast chicken dinner on hold. You definitely upped the anti on previous games played since Christmas, played hard and with a steely edge today. Throughout most of the game there was just one score in it, two teams going toe to toe, neither backing down and with the lead changing hands twice in the last 5 minutes you kept the finger nails of the supporting parents short.
Playing up the slope, after some decent recycling we used our backs. Underpants found Tom G on the right who goose stepped out before cutting in. Unfortunately two opponent tacklers collided and the game stopped for head assessments – we hope they both make swift recoveries. From this good field position Callum spotted a gap, dummied and pinned his ears back making the line for a fine poachers try. We were in the ascendency in the first 15 minutes and from another attacking position Sam B picked and drove, making the line. Sheffield then attacked but our defence swarmed enthusiastically but 3 points were well taken by the Sheff kicker. Other first half highlights, Underpants got Edward away on a strong run up the right, Daryl tackled like a missile in the open field (what’s new?), Loz took a towering high ball but unfortunately had a foot in touch and Will, as last week was tackling like a demon around the break downs.
We were able to extend our lead when a clearance kick didn’t find touch. Charlie G took the high ball in the now swirling wind and was able to run it back up the left touchline and take the last ditch tackler over the line with him – fab determination. Callum added the extras like Wilkinson! Sheff did get two back, both from close range but we took a slender 19-13 lead still in to half time.
From the kick off Midge took a brave catch taking large man and ball simultaneously and getting crunched. He held on, set things up and just dusted himself down as if he was a character in his beloved Xbox game. Dan S, now back in action made a couple of telling tackles, one where he joined forces with Callum to get under a player over our line, preventing a try. It’s as important to save ‘em as score ‘em. However Sheff scored again to take a slender 19-20 lead. Time was ticking and looked as if Swiffs belligerence, driving and twisting and then pinning his ears back for the line had payed off, but play was brought back for an injured player. From the resulting scrum we executed a perfect run around, Ben to Underpants finding speedy Tom G who galloped home for a 26-20 lead.
We thought we’d nicked it with the clock almost done but Sheff moved up the field ominously having a series of drives before moving the ball right to take them to within 1 point. The Sheff kicker had a tricky one mid way between the sticks and touch but he held his nerve to slot it well with the last action of the game and the season. Well done all involved today, this was a fully committed, highly passionate game from both teams.
I’ve just heard that the Sheffield players who collided both have concussion but are ok, one is back home but the other is being kept Calderdale Hospital overnight for observation. We wish both a quick recovery.