Shelford Colts 45 - 27 Kokoku
Colts A overcome Kokoku
Shelford Colts 45 - 27 Kokoku High School
Last year the colts took a lesson in physicality and tackling from Kokoku, with the visitors winning 31 - 5. This year Shelford were a little more prepared and looking forward to testing their development against their friends from Japan.
Shelford certainly started well. They took the ball through several phases, looking after it in contact, and not risking unnecessary offloads. Teddy Pope then making a great break down the left, bumping off several would-be tacklers to score in the corner, with a touch line conversion to follow from James Gould, 7 - 0. Kokoku hit back, with a pick and go try after Shelford got their line out defence wrong, 7 - 5. After the patient start, Shelford tried too hard for the next score, a few players guilty of white line fever. However, another try looked to have been scored, but a forward pass denied Finn Priddle his score. Shelford kept the pressure on, and an off side penalty allowed the ball to be moved quickly left with Olly Jury crossing in the corner, 12 - 5. A another score followed with a great ball off the top of the line out, one miss pass and Jack Biard crossed the line, converted by James Gould, 19 - 5. Shelford then had to defend hard, but won a penalty and a quick break out took play to the other end. Quick recycling at the ruck put Jack Brosnan over for the final score of the half. Shelford 24 -5 to the good.
Kokoku started the second half strongly and opened the scoring with a power try, driving the ball carrier over the line, then taking advantage of Shelford indiscipline to close the score to 24 - 15. Shelford then scored two good tries to take the game out of Kokoku's reach, Jack Brosnan grabbing a second, converted by Jack Biard. Then Jack Biard grabbing his own try almost straight from the restart, and adding the conversion for Shelford to go 38 - 15 up. Indiscipline was still dogging Shelford's play and this allowed Kokoku another try. The result was put beyond doubt when a grubber kick bounced up nicely for winger George Crissall to collect at full tilt, use his foot work and pace to score under the posts, converted by Jack Biard. Right at the death, Kokoku had the final say with a converted try to take the final score to 45 - 27.
A huge thank you to Kokoku for another excellent game, we sincerely hope they are able to visit Shelford again.