West Country victory for Abbey U13s
‘How the West was Won’ - Complete performance by small squad
A small squad travelled West down the M4 to Royal Wootton Bassett with some key absentees, but delivered one of their U13s best performances of the season vs a big side
Kicking off into the wind on a frosty morning, Abbey opened brightly. Despite playing against a physically larger pack, Abbey immediately won plenty ball – two scrums against the head. Also the breakdown was keenly contested with Abbey shading early possession. As the boys settled in some expansive passing moves were impacted by ‘cold hands’ & dropped passes. Finally Abbey opened the scoring with Oscar breaking defence and running in a try down the left wing from 30 metres out - in typical Buzz-Bee style.
At this stage, RWB came back into the match winning some territory with some effective rucking and power carries from their large players. Eventually they crossed the Abbey line with a great handling move to score in the corner. The even contest continued through the half with parity at the breakdown and ambitious handling not quite sticking. Finally, as half-time approached, Angus executed his trade-mark chip over an advancing defence and followed up to tackle the covering player and winning the ball for Henry to run over to take the lead.
Half-time : 2-1 to Abbey
Making four changes to the pack into the second half and the wind behind them, Abbey made an immediate impact on some tiring legs amongst the big RWB pack. A period of aggressive rucking, strong carries with quick hands by Abbey rewarded them with 5 quick tries by Jake / Oscar x 2 / Matty & Angus. In response, a strong run up the middle of the park by RWB’s No.8 broke too many tackles to pull one back. But, Abbey’s back-line had now started to click with some great broken field running by Joe in particular. With overlaps starting to appear, Kel ran in after some great handling, then Ollie E finished off the best try of the match with a sniping scrumhalf run after some great interplay & recycle by Joe and Alex R. RWB closed proceedings with a consolation run in by their fastest player from halfway.
Full-time : 9-3 to Abbey
The match was very entertaining and in excellent spirit from both sides - RWB were great hosts
Congrats to Henry S on his debut at lock; Kudos to Joe for some sparkling runs as play broke up
Alex R was named 'Man of the Match' for some darting runs then recycling/offloads in attack and ‘punching above his weight’ in knocking over his larger opposite numbers in the tackle on numerous occasions
Front row : Matty; Billy; Kel; Joey
Locks / No8 : Alex B; Henry S; Josh B; Josh S; Olly P
Half-backs : Teddy; Ollie E; Henry T
Centres : Jake; Joe;
Wings/Full-back : Oscar; Alex R; Angus
Season’s try scorers to-date - can Buzz-Bee catch Jake ?
Ollie E 2