Bicester Colts got off to a flying start in the OBB U18s Colts Division 3 Red League with a resounding victory against a determined Abingdon side. To go into a League match as the first game of the season with a new team was challenging but the boys (young men!) gelled immediately with the forwards winning good ball to take forward and the backs slick in attack and resolute in defence.
The first half kicked off and both teams were a bit frantic as they started the game at a fast pace however Bicester were the first to settle and put pressure on Abingdon who stood up to the challenge with good defence. However this pressure saw Abingdon forced backwards and as they tried to break out George saw the opportunity to neatly intercept a pass and run through to score under the posts with Dan W converting 0 – 7. Bicester again came back at Abingdon forcing them back into their 22 and it was not long before an offside allowed Dan W to kick a penalty 0 – 10. By now after good play by the forwards driving the ball on the Bicester backs wanted to get in on the act and with a slick set move Jimmy from the blind side wing carved through the Abingdon defence before releasing Dan W to score wide out 0 – 15. The hot conditions should have seen a slow down in the pace of the game but this was not noticeable as Bicester kept pressurising Abingdon who were tackling everything to keep Bicester at bay but once again as Abingdon tried to run the ball wide George was in the right position to intercept and score with Dan W converting 0 – 22.
With much needed water being taken on at halftime the game kicked off for the second half and immediately Bicester were on the front foot with the backs providing some excellent moves and running lines which should have resulted in further tries but for the final pass or excellent cover tackles by Abingdon stopping the moves. Abingdon started to have some success in the scrums and tried to drive the ball on but Bicester’s defence was as positive as its attack and knocked them back. Both teams were having trouble on their own lineouts resulting in scrappy ball for the scrum halves, however Bicester were still driving forward and were unlucky not to score with the ball being held up over the line. From the scrum another set move in the backs gave George the room to cut back in and score his third and hat trick try with Dan W converting 0 – 29. At this stage Bicester could have eased off or Abingdon heads could have dropped but credit to both teams they kept going at the same fast pace with Abingdon trying to make headway through their forwards. Next came a lovely bit of skill when Sam at 10 having nowhere to go put in a delightful cross field kick that was inch perfect for Lewis to accelerate past his winger to collect the ball and score 0 – 34. Time was running out but Bicester were still full of running and after a couple of breaks another fine backs move saw Mark streaking through the gap being stopped just short but the recycled ball finding Rhys to go over for Bicester’s sixth and final try 0 – 39. Game over but there was just time for Abingdon to make a break and looked likely to score but this determined Bicester side found the final effort to track the Abingdon runner down for that important cover tackle bringing the game to an end without the Bicester line being crossed.
Other than the lineouts this was a near perfect start to the season and it was hard to imagine that this team were playing their first match together with the forward drive and support setting up a platform for the backs to show their speed and excellent handling. A good base to build on for the rest of the season. Man of the Match: George with a hat trick of tries. Squad of Liam, Oscar, Garin, Max, Callum, Ashley, Jonny, Joey, Adam, Dan B, Harrison, Cameron, Christian, Sam, Lewis, Aaron, Mark, Rhys, George, Jimmy and Dan W.