Harbury 10 - 47 Old Wheats Match Report

Harbury 10 - 47 Old Wheats Match Report

By Tom Kittendorf
15 January 2020
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A tale of two halves in classic british conditions..


A match of two very contrasting halves. The opening 40 minutes were very competitive with both sides looking to take play to their opponents. In the first quarter Old Wheats enjoyed territorial dominance and scored after ten minutes of play with a converted try. Harbury though defended well and took advantage of a smart intervention from lock Tom Dodds just outside the 22 and he had the pace to touch down wide out, the conversion narrowly missing. During this period both teams attacks were repelled through strong and determined defence, as such the scoreline remained unchanged at 7-5 to the visitors.

The hope was that the second half would be equally close with Harbury aiming to build on their robust and committed opening 40 minutes. However, it was Wheats, benefiting from penalty advantages who were able to take play into the home five metre zone. An attacking lineout enabled the ball to be moved wide and allow the right wing the chance to score. The conversion was missed but the difference between both sides was extended to seven points. This incentive pushed Wheats further ahead and they added another converted try as the capitalised once again on field position after being awarded a penalty deep in their own half. Even at 19-5 down Harbury continued to press and excellent approach work gave them an opportunity for more points. An angled penalty kick struck the cross bar and was gratefully taken by the visiting outside half, who kicked deep forcing the Harburythree quarter line to run back and defend their own line. However, Wheats pacy winger followed up the kick well and caught a home back seeking to counter attack. The result was a five metre scrum and the ball was moved quickly and enabled the opposition to add a converted try and a bonus point. To add further misery Wheats took the restart well and took advantage of a lack of cover for a further seven points.

Harbury came back well and with some excellent harrying at a driving scrum they added a further well executed try.

This spurred them on but they failed to take opportunity of two attacking lineouts following misdirected throw ins. Certainly had the lineout functioned as well as it had done then Harbury should have added at least two more scores. Fate was not on their side and a Wheats breakaway in the dying seconds of the match somewhat flattered the opposition scoreline.

Hard work and well taken chances in the opening half characterised Harbury's play. However, the odd miss tackle and no rub of the green worked against them in the final forty, which did not reflect their overall commitment and determination.

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