Durham City U14 v Redcar
After last week’s tremendous performance on their travels against Penrith, the Under 14’s travelling army were on the march to the sun drenched Riviera of Redcar! Conditions on arriving at Redcar were perfect, with bright sunshine and a slight breeze, until you stepped out of the car and the bitter chill hit you in the face. But after a brilliant performance last week in similar conditions and even with a couple of absentee’s through injury City’s confidence was high.
Redcar kicked off the first twenty minute session and Durham were immediately on the attack with some good passing involving most of the backs, but a knock on gave Redcar a scrum. From the scrum Durham applied pressure on the Redcar centre, resulting in a knock on and the ball was scooped up by the Durham centre to sprint away under the posts for the opening try and straightforward conversion to make the score 7 - 0 after only two minutes. Straight from the kick off Redcar applied pressure in the Durham half, but good defence, a great clearing kick relived the pressure and Durham were back on the front foot. It was all Durham running hard and cutting better angles, being denied two clear try scoring opportunities on the try line by tenacious Redcar defence! The first twenty minute session ended with Durham in full control but only 7 – 0 up when it should have been more.
The second twenty minute period started with Durham kicking off, following their customary changes, maximising their full squad and immediately applying pressure on Redcar. Following a high tackle by Durham, Redcar tapped quickly and after a good off load the Redcar wing raced away from the half way line to even the score at 7 – 7. From the re start that did not go 10m, Redcar’s No. 8 picked up and ran through a couple of weak tackles to again score from distance to make the score 7 – 14. How would Durham react? In the only way they know, try and play rugby as a team to create scoring opportunities, but this was proving difficult as the referee decided to have talk in/forum in with both sets of forwards on the art and technique of scrummaging, time and time again! Please click on link from the RFU if you would like to keep up with the information given to the boys!
But this gave time for both sets of backs and spectators to take in the sights of Redcar as they waited for the game to re start!
The rugby re started with Durham putting phase after phase together to produce yet another outstanding team try wide out on the left wing, making the conversion difficult and although the kick was struck well it just missed to make the score 12 – 14. Durham were winning all the possession but lacked depth in their attacks and were being well tackled by low hard tackles from Redcar. The second session finished with the game in the balance at 12 – 14 and all to play for.
The final session began with lots of mistakes with the referee still insisting on his talk in/ forum approach to scrummaging, but after six minutes Durham had a kick and chase and from a resulting penalty to Durham, a quick tap and two passes later the Durham centre scored under the posts to put Durham ahead 19 – 14. For the last ten minutes Durham dominated possession but came up against great chop tackling, preventing Durham any real momentum, but with a couple of minutes remaining Durham held their depth, passed well and created the overlap for the right winger to score in the corner to make the final score 24 – 12.
A really good win, in difficult circumstances against possibly the best tackling team Durham has faced this season. Lots to work on at training this Sunday with Christmas festivities to follow.