Braintree u 14s V Mistley/Harwich
Braintree started well and didn’t let up throughout the game. Mistley/Harwich were clearly a good side, but Braintree almost always had great line speed in defence, the scrum and lineout functioned well, and their rucking was much improved, as a result they had the lion’s share of the ball.
Braintree had a lot of ball and used it well. Much better than in their last two games.
They varied the play punching hard through the forwards. The usual suspects amongst the forwards carried well; Beesea, Ben, Will B, and Callum, but so did James M, Oliver, Ryan and Jay. The backs then showed good handling skills, and the wings were released on several occasions. As a result, by the second half Braintree were very much on top, and the opposition barely got into Braintree’s 22, even though Mistley/Harwich showed massive heart and carried the ball aggressively.
What had changed from last week? The boys worked hard on rucking in training, and it meant that more forwards were now engaged in rucks, and although that sometimes led to an overcommitment, it meant the black and ambers won ball they hadn’t won in recent games. Sam, Finn, Jack and Jamie were particularly good in the rucks, although everyone played their part.
There was also more control at the rucks, so although there were pick and go opportunities, the backs got decent ball to run with, which they did with aplomb.
All the backs played well but William at full back had a great game, both in attack and defence, and deserved his try when he finished off slick handling by Harrison, James and Ewan. Ewan too ran in a deserved try after some good work by backs and forwards.
It was also no surprise that other tries came from hard driving runs by Beesea and Callum.
Well played Braintree.
Tries; Beesea (2) Ewan, William L., Callum B
Cons; James G (3)