Total Performance by Abbey at Sutton &Epsom
Abbey U13s deliver from the off
Due to crossed-wires with Bracknell – and no fixture, we set up a last-minute match away against Sutton/Epsom RFC.
Abbey kicked-off up a hill / into the wind and sun, but for the first time this season quickly took control, with some aggressive rucking and mauling. This enabled the team to gain territory punching holes in the opposition defence - with Angus marshalling the line. It was demonstrated with Archie breaking through a number of tacklers – touching down just short of the try-line. But Abbey’s attacks forced Sutton offside and a penalty. A finely judged touch kick by Jake and then a set move from the free pass enabled Archie to break tackles and open the score. Abbey continued their domination, but ‘cold hands’ and a lack of support for break runners meant a few wasted openings. Tightening things up, a rumble by the forwards edged the team close to the line – and Jake drove over with another try. At this point Sutton woke up and started build some phases. Oscar made a determined break up the left wing, but was isolated and Sutton stole the ball and spread the ball to the other wing to run in around a stretched Abbey defence to open their account. 2-1 to Abbey at the turn.
Eight changes were made at half time - with a more mobile pack (incl. Kel and Joey), Flynn to fly-half and Jake to inside centre. The elements now in Abbey’s favour and a tiring Sutton team - it immediately paid dividends. In the scrum, the smaller Abbey pack pushed the Sutton pack off the ball against the head. Then a sharp break by Harrison (in his first match of the season) left the Sutton defence behind him, but unlucky his grounding was before the line – no try. Abbey continued to put Sutton under pressure on their own line over this period – until their defence leaking four tries in quick succession (two each from Jake & Flynn). A commanding lead of 6-1
Going into the final quarter, Sutton brought on some big fresh legs, but Abbey’s dominance and determined defence continued. Oscar ended a sweeping passing move with a clinical finish. Finally, Sutton turned up impact of their new players and got a consolation for their first sustained pressure with a try. The Abbey team closed out the game with some strong defence and rucking – with Jake getting his fourth of the day with a steal and breakaway. Final score 8-2
Kudos to Daniel / Joey & Kel for playing excellently out-of-position – Joey is fast becoming Abbey’s ‘swiss army knife’ impressing at every position he plays – this week at #8
Kev named Billy 'Man of the Match' for his impact in 2nd half on scrums and breakdown - well deserved especially amongst so many standout performances.
In the end, great to see strong performances from all the boys. Focus from the start, in attack combining great scrummaging & rucking with expansive passing from the backline. The tackling and defensive line showed that the training is working. Next for training, closer support on breaks especially when runner is tackled, isolated and the opposition have time to steal the ball.
Front row : Matty / Luke / Billy / Daniel / Rory
Locks / No8 : Archie / Alex B / Jake / Joey / Harrison
Scrum half : Teddy / Ollie E
Flyhalf : Angus
Centres : Flynn / Kel / Joe
Wings/Full-back : Oscar / Josh G / Thomas / Alex R / Ollie P
Season’s try scorers to-date
Ollie E 1