Andover Hinds Vs Trojans 2s
Winning ways continue for Hinds!
Andover 2nd XV vs Torjans 2nd XV – Saturday 7th October 2017
After a week off through Basingstoke postponing until the 14th, the Hinds hosted Trojans at the Goodship and were keen to continue their winnings ways. The new Andover attacking strategy has been working well this season and the Hinds were looking forward to continuing to play some aggressive attacking rugby.
Andover won the toss and elected to receive the ball; hoping to start the game with the ball in hand and testing the Trojans defence. And test it they did, with Matt Moore crashing over the line with the first try of the game after only 5 minutes, the first of many strong carries by the powerful Number 8.
It became obvious that the Hinds had the measure of Trojans who struggled from the start, but some sloppy defence and unforced errors from Andover lead to the visitors scoring twice before the 22 minute mark. Andover took this lesson to heart and Ioan Davies ran in a try a couple of minutes later – throughout the game his partnership with Jake Kane and Josh Gibbs lead to numerous breaks through the Trojans defensive lines. Andover were back in the lead 12-10 and they would not go behind again.
Andover continued to look dangerous with the ball in hand and firmed up their defence so that Trojans never really got back into the game. The forwards pressured Trojans at the set piece, regularly destroying their scrum and Harry Phillips ruined a number of their line outs. Another two Andover tries, including a break-through 40 yard run from Jake Kane, took the score to 24-10 at half time.
After the break the Hinds came out of the gate fast. Ioan Davies had moved to 10 at half time and scored within the first minute of the second half. Trojans did not give up and continued to battle; they were rewarded with another score after some continued pressure in the Andover 22.
But Andover responded with another try after Harry Phillips ran through what seemed like half the Trojans team to score. He could have run round most of them but that would have been too easy!
Trojans battled away and they scored a forth try at the 60 minute mark from their continued hard work. Unfortunately for the Visitors they continued to struggle with the Andover attacking game and Josh Gibbs ran in another score through the Trojans centre from the ever dominant Andover scrum.
It’s not a proper game of rugby without a push over try, and when Andover got a scrum on the Trojan’s 5 meter line there was only one option. The Hinds pack pushed Trojans back over their own line for Matt Moore to ground the ball for a try that goes to the whole pack. This made it 48-20 at the 65 minute mark.
Andover extended their lead again with Jake Kane coming back on after a short rest an immediately returning to cutting the Trojan back line to shreds. It looked like Trojans would add a fifth try but a monstrous hit from Samsom Earle lead to the ball popping loose to be calmly plucked out of the air from Matt Moore to allow Andover to clear their lines.
James Byrne also made an impression on his debut at Centre with the Hinds, making a number of crunching tackles that shut down a several Trojans attacks to make sure they did not get any more points on the board.
Ioan Davies took his hat trick, and the 10th Andover try, in the 70th minute and flanker Wayne Jones was rewarded for loitering out with the backs pretending to be a winger with the final Andover try in the 75th minute. Josh Gibbs slotted his 6th conversion over the posts to lead the score 76 – 22.
While not without points to work on, this was an excellent display of team rugby from an Andover side that continues to improve week on week. This was a tough and physical game from a determined opposition in Trojans. The man of the match was Giacomo Taglietti who continued to make an impact across the pitch and was a constant thorn in the Trojans side in defence, especially in the breakdown where he was a persistent nuisance.