The first League match for the Bicester U15’s was up against a well organised Chinnor side and what entailed was a hard fought game with the final score not reflecting the effort the boys put in.
The first half kicked off and Bicester defended well but put themselves under pressure with clearance kicks not gaining much distance. Some good play saw Bicester break out and were nearly through in the centre, however Chinnor exerted more pressure which finally told and they went over for the first score 0 – 7. Bicester were more than holding their own against a side with pace and power and with the ball moving wide Bicester threatened to score themselves however an excellent clearing kick from the Chinnor fullback took play back into the Bicester half. From the resulting lineout Chinnor spread the ball wide and found an overlap with their winger darting in at the corner 0 – 12. Bicester picked the game up and started to make some inroads with their counter rucking impressive, the ball was won and swung out to Lewis who went round his man before passing back inside to Cameron H in support who was just stopped short of the line but gained a penalty. From a set move Josh drove forward before offloading to Max who dived over to score 5 – 12. The first half ended with Bicester fired up.
The second half started with play going from end to end with both teams having chances only for good defending to stop the attacks. It looked as though the next score would be vital, and unfortunately it was Chinnor who made the break through. Bicester gave away a penalty on their 22 for not releasing and rather than be alert they allowed Chinnor to take a quick tap and run through unopposed 5 – 19. With Bicester now chasing the game they gave away another penalty which again Chinnor exploited to go over 5 – 26. Bicester never gave up and continued to ruck well as a team however in trying to break free Bicester were getting isolated and good Chinnor work turned the ball over allowing them to drive through 5 – 33. Bicester ended the game under pressure but good defence held them out until a final drive saw Chinnor go over for the final score 5 – 38.
The Bicester performance carried on the good work from last year and the game was closer than the score reflected and if Bicester had taken their chances and held out in the last 10 minutes then things could have been different. However credit must go to a well organised Chinnor side who kept the pressure on for the full game. Looking forward to the return later in the season. Well done to the squad of Josh, Alfie, Tom B, Alan, Ashley, Max, Cameron D, Mark, Ieuan, James, Lweis, Tom C, Cameron H, Ben L, Louis (making his debut), Harrison, Oscar, Adam, Dan B, Garin, Ethan.