Colts clinch the Double with County success
Our boys upset the odds with a win over the Division 2 Champions
Hertfordshire County Under 18 plate final
Harpenden v Welwyn
So this was it for the boys, the grand finale, and the end of an era. Could we finish on a high? Could we play our free flowing rugby against a Harpenden team were clearly much bigger and more powerful?
The opening exchanges seemed to suggest that the year advantage Harpenden had was going to prove too much on this occasion as they loaded up their big midfield runners and were quick to power over to take a 5-0 lead. However, the boy’s response was to grit their teeth and come out fighting, some strong forward play was followed by some quick hands in midfield to put Liam in space. The Gas Man did what he does naturally and found a way to the try line under the posts to give Vic a simple conversion to give us a 7-5 lead.
Despite us leading it did still seem that Harpenden’s extra power was going to be the deciding factor in the game and they were to regain the lead with another unconverted try out wide after sucking us in with drive after drive. 10-7 Harpenden. Again the response was emphatic as the boys started to impose their style of rugby on the game, a brilliant training ground move off a lineout made big ground up field before some more slick hands put Liam in the opposite corner for his and our 2nd try. No extras this time but halfway through the 1st half we find ourselves with an unlikely 2 point lead.
Confidence grew and the boys slipped through the gears, now playing some excellent rugby we were often only fingertips away from creating try scoring opportunities before a brilliant break by Amir cut open the Harpenden defence before slipping the ball to Vic to run it in under the posts. Extras good to lead 19-10.
The boys were now at full tilt and moving the ball with confidence which pulled the Harpenden defence out of position, this allowed Vic to spot the gap and dance through for his 2nd and our 4th try, no extras this time but we went into half time leading 24-10.
The next try was always going to be crucial as Harpenden would have been right back in the game had it gone their way, despite spurning a few opportunities it was us piling on the pressure and Midway through the half Captain fantastic, Sam Hannon, broke away to score a long range try to end the game as a contest as Harpenden appeared to wave the proverbial white flag. Amir capped a great individual performance with a brilliant finish out wide before James’ powerful burst put the icing on the cake, 2 of the 3 2nd half tries were converted to make the final score 43-10.
The boys were told at the end of the game that they should be very proud; they are all a credit to their parents, us coaches and most importantly, themselves. The boys were given a real physical examination today and passed it with flying colours; they dug deep when their backs were against the wall and then turned on the style.
Well done boys, you certainly did sign off on a high!