Heath Vs Yarnbury U15s
Heath (0) 10
Yarnbury (17) 32
Tries: Darwin King, Carter Proctor (2), Maxwell Lee, Oscar Andrews, Sam Brown
Cons: Darwin King
Match Report by Alex Mitchell
Difficult conditions met a Yarnbury side who travelled to Heath and seemed to experience all weather conditions in 50 minutes. The half size was lowered due to an increasingly deteriorating pitch. We do therefore apologise for any false information or discrepancies in this report, as after two minutes no shirt numbers were available due to mud coverage.
The difficult conditions result in lots of handling errors but Yarnbury dominate territory early on with Heath struggling to get out of their 22. A Yarnbury scrum sees Alex Koppany
attack the blind side before passing to Maxwell Lee
who takes contact but good clear out work, initially by Jamie Baker
and then by the forwards, maintains possession. After a couple of pick and drives that sees Sam Brown go close, the ball is moved wide to Jamie Mcdonnell
but he is tackled into touch just short of the try line. A poor clearance kick by Heath allows another attack to be created on the other wing by Jamie Baker
but he is stopped short and Heath recover the ball to kick out for a Yarnbury lineout just inside the Heath 22. Yarnbury set up the driving maul which stops just short of the try line. The ball is passed to Edward Green
who is tackled, but quick ball is moved down the line to Darwin King
, with Jacob Rawson outside him, to crash over the line and score near the corner. The conversion is missed but the score after 5 minutes is Heath 0-5 Yarnbury.
Heath start to play their way back into the game, aided by Yarnbury mistakes. A Yarnbury lineout is overthrown and not straight and Yarnbury are then penalised at the scrum. In the next attack, Heath get close to the try line but the ball is spilt and Yarnbury are able to fly hack it into touch for a 5m lineout. The next Heath attack is then knocked on. Another Heath attack is stopped by a superb Danny Goodall
tackle but the good work is undone when Yarnbury are penalised at the ensuing ruck. Heath cannot take advantage when they again knock on and they then give away 2 consecutive penalties for high tackles, relieving the pressure they had built up and allowing Yarnbury to move play into the Heath half. From a Yarnbury scrum near half way, Alex Koppany
again attacks the blindside into a huge gap in the defensive line, before releasing Maxwell Lee
and then Jamie Baker
, but the ball is knocked on. From the following scrum, Heath clear via a kick that is collected by Darwin King
. A couple of pick and drives then sees a decisive break made by Joe Birchall
and when he is eventually tackled the pop pass to Oscar Andrews
allows the attack to continue but it is stopped by a deliberate knock on. This results in a yellow card for the Heath player and Yarnbury opt to take a scrum from the penalty but they cannot take advantage and are penalised at the ruck when a player becomes isolated.
Later in the half, an attack by the strong Heath No. 8 is stopped by a Harry Dunn
tackle and he is quickly to his feet to secure the turnover. Numerous pick and drives eventually sees Carter Proctor score under the posts. The conversion is kicked by Darwin King
and, after 19 minutes, Yarnbury extend their lead to 12 points. From the restart Maxwell Lee
kicks ahead and a good chase and tackle by Sam Brown is then undone when Yarnbury are penalised for side entry at the ruck. The attempted kick to touch is missed by Heath allowing Yarnbury to attack again. A good break by Carter Proctor takes play into the Heath 22. Pick and drives by Jack Briggs
and Sam Brown continues to move play forward before Carter Proctor crashes over for his 2nd try. The conversion is missed but Yarnbury now lead by 17. Sam Brown collects the restart and breaks through the first tackle to make good metres. The kick ahead sees Heath put under lots of pressure but they just manage to secure possession. In the final play of the half the Heath No. 8 makes a decisive break but a fantastic tackle by Jamie Baker
ends any threat. Half time: Heath 0-17 Yarnbury.
The early stages of the second half are dominated by Yarnbury and within 3 minutes they score again. It starts with a couple of good moves from half way by Luke Woodend
and then Carter Proctor, taking play into the Heath 22. Heath are penalised at the breakdown and the quickly taken penalty sees Maxwell Lee
attack the space out wide and stretch over the line to score. The conversion strikes the post and bounces out: Heath 0-22 Yarnbury. In the 7th minute Yarnbury win a penalty inside the Heath half. Darwin King
takes it quickly, is tackled, but then Carter Proctor makes another pick and drive, deep into the Heath 22. With defenders sucked in, the overlap forms out wide and Oscar Andrews
clatters over with Jacob Rawson outside him. The conversion is missed but Yarnbury have added 10 unanswered points to the score line since half time. Heath then have a chance from their own 22 after stealing the ball in a ruck. Despite 2 good tackles by Luke Woodend
in the initial phases, the ball is passed wide and their winger scores in the corner, running in from the halfway line. The conversion is missed but Heath have a score on the board.
The pitch can now only be described as a mud bath but Yarnbury continue to try and play expansive rugby despite the conditions. Luke Woodend
draws in the defenders in centre field but is able to offload to the backs, who break into the Heath 22. A Carter Proctor pick and drive gets to the try line and Sam Brown leaps over the ruck to score. The conversion is missed: Heath 5-32 Yarnbury. In the final minutes, with sleet coming down, the Heath no. 8 again breaks the defensive line but, under pressure, he knocks on near the try line. Yarnbury kick downfield from the 5m scrum and a good tackle by Jamie Baker
allows Yarnbury to recover the ball and kick into the Heath half. Heath counter attack and win a penalty when Yarnbury are offside. Another attack by the Heath no. 8 is finally successful and he scores in the corner. The conversion is missed. Yarnbury have time for one more attack but when it is knocked on the referee blows for full time: Heath 10-32 Yarnbury.
Yarnbury: Carter Proctor, Sam Brown, Harvey Goodall
, Lex Galloway
, Jack Briggs
, Danny Goodall
, Joe Birchall
, Alex Koppany
, Maxwell Lee
, Oscar Andrews
, Jamie Baker
, Edward Green
, Jamie Mcdonnell
, Jacob Rawson, Darwin King
Substitutes: Dan Mitchell, Luke Woodend
, James Longhawn
, Leo Mercer, Harry Dunn
, Jack Brownridge
Man of the Match – Jamie Baker
. Conditions were more suited to the forwards but his all round play in supporting attacks, clearing out and maintaining possession, and defensively making a number of telling tackles sees him deservedly winning man of the match.
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