Match Report 9 October 2021

Match Report 9 October 2021

By Steven Kittendorf
13 October 2021
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HARBURY 15
OLD YARDLEIANS 10

This was an excellent hard fought game between two evenly matched teams in this third league encounter for both sides in the 2021/22 season.
The closeness of the final result does not reflect the first half dominance that Harbury had. They won good set ball and competed effectively at the breakdowns.

Yet by half time Harbury had a narrow 10-nil lead, through two excellent tries but missed conversions and penalties. Despite this excellent defence kept the home line intact.

The second half saw OYs far more on the front foot and their backline looking to run the ball at any opportunity. Harbury's defence was peerless. However following a series of penalties the visitors put pressure on the home line and from two consecutive five metre lineouts they forced their way over for a converted try to leave just three points between the teams.

Harbury responded immediately and won a five metre lineout from which the forwards drove over for an unconverted try.

In the dying minutes OYs added a penalty but Harbury were very unlucky not to a fourth and bonus point score. The referee adjudicating that the ball had been carried over the line illegally.

Nonetheless a fully deserved win for Harbury which reflects the hard work put in by all the players.

Jerry

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