Avonvale Colts A draw with Yeovil U18s
By Moz Hall
A draw was a fair result
Avonvale started off brightly with the backs functioning well and a deft kick saw Gabe, playing on the wing , beat the opposition to touchdown and the try was converted by Cameron. It soon became obvious that their forwards were bigger and stronger than ours but our backs were superior leading to a fascinating contest. The Yeovil 13 was a thorn in our side throughout the whole match with accurate long range kicking gaining them excellent territory. From a 5 metre lineout the ensuing driving maul was powerful and we could not stop the try being scored.
We hit back with good combination of forwards and backs releasing Louis DS to score close to the posts but the easy conversion failed.
Yeovil came back at us hard and we had to defend waves of attack. This was successful and we manged to get the ball back and worked our way back up the field. Unfortunately one extravagant move inside Yeovil's 22 was intercepted and despite desperate chasing a converted try was scored.
We started to give away penalties and again were punished by accurate kicking until from a 5 metre lineout, when we were desperately trying to stop their driving maul, we slipped to the ground causing a collapse resulting in a penalty try and yellow card.
We started the second half with 14 players and did well to contain them. We lost our tight head who had suffered a blow to the head earlier and Josh was volunteered until our No 7, Louis DS, stepped in and took over and did very well refusing to go uncontested . We managed another unconverted try and suffered another blow as Will Able ( 9) had to leave the field with a knee injury, fortunately of reorganised backs continued to function well. Yeovil were having their purple patch and our exit strategy was not effective, particularly as we were giving away to many penalties however, our tackling was outstanding bringing gasps from the crowd as player after player were smashed to the floor or driven back.
We somehow got some decent ball and moved it well for Nye to break free and score and then converted it himself giving us a 5 point lead A very tense last few minutes as Yeovil had the upper hand and we could not get out of dangerous territory and they scored under the post, but for once unbelievably the kick missed just as our had in the first half . Our lads raised a cheer when the final whistle blew as they thought the had won but the referee had got the score wrong.
A draw is usually empty for both sides but in truth neither side deserved to lose a very exiting match full of some very fine rugby