True Team Play
A balmy morning...
Shelford U13s – Huntingdon – Home
Sun 12 Mar 17
Shelford 80 – Huntingdon 5
Spring is on the way and on a balmy morning a squad of 18 from Shelford welcomed Huntingdon, only a fortnight after the away fixture. The match was again played over four 15-minute quarters, giving all the players plenty of game time.
True team play
It is fair to say that Shelford were slow out of the blocks, which seemed to follow on from a fairly lacklustre training session beforehand. The team lacked a bit of focus, which was reflected in the number of handling errors during the first period, which must have reached double figures in pretty quick time. Nevertheless when the passes did go to hand, it quickly brought rewards with Harry Chater and Isaac Dear going over early on. Shelford were quickly pegged back when some loose tackling allowed an excellent Huntingdon counter attack resulted in a fine try. By this time the home team started to switch on and some great handling through the backs gave the space for Riley Brown to score, as well as giving Harry Chater his second try of the match.
The second period was again hampered by unforced handling errors and Shelford also put themselves under further pressure through several turnovers when they were counter-rucked very effectively by the visitors. However their defence remained solid and the forwards began to find their mojo at scrum-time, providing the backs with the opportunity to extend the lead through scores through from Riley Brown, Eoin Collins and Kyle Harris.
The third quarter was probably the highlight of the match with some outstanding team play through both the forwards and backs meant the game really opened up. Early on Hamish Westbrook, Riley Brown (his hat-trick score) and Kyle Harris crossed to stretch the home team’s lead further. Encouragingly they continued to keep their focus and from deep in his own half Utku Cihan powered through midfield to score under the posts. Shortly after Isaac Dear scored his second of the afternoon before Kyle Harris crossed again for the second hat-trick of the match.
From the kick off in the final period, Toby Owers picked up the loose ball and ran most the length of the pitch to score. Shortly after Harry Calne was on hand to provide Shelford’s eighth scorer of the afternoon before Riley Brown finished matters up with his fourth try to complete an 80-5 victory for the home team.