US Portsmouth U14 v Vectis. Hants Cup 1st round
A tough day at the office for US under 14's in the Hants Cup 1st round
A balmy, breezy Sunday morning belied the storm ahead as US U14 ran out to play Vectis in the Hants Cup first round. Some interesting fixture rearrangements had resulted in neither side being aware of who they were supposed to be playing until the day before. This did not, however, cause a well drilled and confident Vectis to miss a beat in their march towards another cup triumph, assuredly.
Lead by Will Donworth
, the US team had done their best to train against a backdrop of uncertain squad numbers and injuries and ran out into the Autumn sunshine knowing they had a big hill to climb. Sadly, they did not have long to wait for the onslaught and Vectis ran up a comfortable lead before a potentially serious injury to US Scrum Half, Callum Cells, caused the suspension of the game for twenty minutes.
Restarting on an adjacent pitch, Vectis soon got back in their stride and despite consistent US domination in the tight scrum, they continued a confident march towards a convincing win. Sadly, several more injuries dogged US' first cup game, but the lads stuck to the task with spirit and sportsmanship.
US showed real promise in both their tight scrummaging and consistently brave tackling, but Vectis left them seriously wanting in both passing and speed of recycling at the loose breakdown. That said, in the face of several injuries, the team showed considerable grit and spirit and there is lots to be optimistic about for the rest of the season, and for the Hampshire Bowl competition which will start on 23rd November. After a wait of over 90 minutes, paramedics pronounced Callum as safe to move and he was able to go home with a stiff back, but otherwise well.
Good luck to Vectis in the next round.