Under leaden skies, Brentwood RFC U16's travelled to local rivals Romford & Gidea Park RFC for the semi final of the Essex U16 Cup.
We have always enjoyed a good relationship with Romford and the matches over the years have grown ever tougher.
In conditions not ideal for running rugby, with squalling wind and heavy rain at times, Brentwood set about the task of securing a place in the cup final.
From the off Brentwood took the game to Romford and their bigger pack, and after some initial tussles soon began to assert themselves on the match. Sustained pressure in the Romford 22 led to 3 unanswered tries in the first half - all subsequent conversion attempts going begging in less than ideal kicking conditions. It is to Brentwood's credit that Romford's only sustained spell of pressure in the first half, when Romford's giant pack threatened the Brentwood line, was quickly repelled with a huge effort driving the hosts pack back some 20 meters - most heartening for Brentwood, less so for Romford.
With a 15 point cushion at the break Brentwood started the second half more confidently, and carried on from where they left off in the first half. 3 more unanswered tries resulting in a convincing 30-0 win for Brentwood. The score line should take nothing away from Romford's efforts on the day, and for Brentwood to be the first visiting side to win this season says a lot for how far Romford have come as a side.
Tommy Watson, Ed Greenfield, Henry Bird, Charlie Peacock x 2 and James Croxon.
Brentwood now progress to the final against old rivals Upminster RFC - to be played on Sunday 21st April 2013 venue TBC.