The league curtain closer was a top of the table clash between Wolverhampton and Burton today; both sides jockeying for final position on the top spot.
The match certainly lived up to its billing with an early try scored by Wolverhampton’s Captain, Aman after six minutes of pressured play where Burton were given little opportunity to see the ball.
Burton where quick to respond and settled in to a more even contest which saw them equalise after nineteen minutes; both tries had been left unconverted though which saw the game level at 5 – 5.
A converted Burton try only two minutes later took them in to the half way stage ahead at 5 – 12.
George Bradley’s try and James Tatton’s conversion only three minutes in to the second half confirmed that Wolverhampton could now capitalise on having the wind in their favour. The home side’s elation grew further when another try from the Captain took them to 17 – 12 with twenty minutes left on the clock.
Burton’s resolve was never under question though and their top of the table position testament to the next sixteen or so minutes of pressure placed at Wolverhampton’s door which resulted in yet another equaliser. Burton’s forwards demonstrated speed, guile and cunning in tackles and rucks whilst their backs were able to show some quality, well drilled moves in attack.
It was another sixteen minutes of nail-biting tension which saw Wolverhampton’s dogged determination and pressured build-up of play reward them with Aman’s hatrick.
The wheels were eventually knocked off Burton’s wagon however, when a superb thirty metre burst of speed along the line saw Sam Hazeldine score in spectacular fashion in the dying seconds of the game to cement a well earned and thoroughly deserved victory.
The effort the lads have put in to their training really paid off today and was enough to reward parents and coaches alike with an entertaining match against what is undoubtedly the team to beat in this season’s league.
The forwards battled like true stalwarts, winning scrums, dominating line-outs and securing turn over ball for the backs to gain ground with committed runs and sympathetic passing. In defence everyone demonstrated a commitment to halt attacks with some quality tackling. It would perhaps be unfair to single out individual players when the whole team performed superbly as such a complete unit, however Aman as Captain deserves to be mentioned as leading by example and showing the way for the rest of the team to follow.
Fantastic performances all round then with the semi’s to look forward to and the promise of greater things to come.