A marvellous display of teamwork was seen at Fawley RFC today as the U13s took on local rivals Totton in a friendly. The hosts meant business, spurred on by their win against Farnborough and clearly having learnt lessons from their recent encounter with Romsey. The boys were given a pep talk by Fawley Seniors' front row Dave and Club Captain Fraser, with the focus on winning the scrum and keeping the ball.
Fawley certainly hit the ground running with the team pulling together to get the ball out to Ethan Morton who scored the first try for Fawley early on in the game. Having this early set back kicked Totts into action and they equalised shortly after. Some inspired defence work by Iestyn Mayhew and Evan Patrick propelled Fawley into action and once Connor Farrell had the ball there was no stopping him. He powered through the Totts defence ending in the ball being placed securely over the line, taking the hosts 2-1 up. Realising that Fawley had upped their game since last season, Totts came back to equalise and the score was 2-2 at half-time.
The second half started with Fawley's defence being determined to keep the ball firmly in their sights and some neat side-stepping from Philip Lalauvaki enabled Ethan Morton to score again, taking the score 3-2 to Fawley. Totts rose to the challenge, scoring again leaving the last 15 minutes at 3-3 with an uncertain outcome. Despite some outstanding teamwork, Fawley were denied a try by Aidan Cross, and a late try from Totts took the score to 4-3 at full-time.
Fawley should be rightly proud of their efforts today, as their commitment to working together is paying off. As Henry Ford once said....."Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success".