Launceston leave it too late against Newquay as first half performance lets them down
By Andy Crighton
Sam Jago and Freddie Ward stand out in final
The season finale for Launceston U16s ended with the shield final against Newquay in Newquay. History suggested that Launceston would find it tough as the Newquay team had won almost every meeting through the mini/junior ranks. However, with new additions to the All Black ranks and a good run in to the end to the season Launceston were hopeful that things might change.
The game started with Launceston stringing some phases together and creating some momentum. However, it was fairly short lived as Newquay started to turn the screw with some direct running form their forwards.
Launceston missed some of their tackles and their linespeed just wasn't quick enough. As the half wore on, Newquay spent more and more time in the Launceston half applying pressure and creating opportunities.
With good momentum the Newquay forwards rumbled over for three tries and they also kicked a penalty before the halftime whistle. They were certainly the better team and Launceston hadn't really woken up. Ugly scenes ended the half with a scuffle that saw 24-0
The half time team talk contained an impassioned speak from Tomkies senior and it seemed to have the desired effect. The second half started much better for the All Blacks. Sam Jago was popping up all over the park and Freddie Ward was having a cracking game.
as the half wore on Launceston looked the stronger team and ended scoring a try at the death. Sam Jago carved a hole up the middle and Freddie Ward pounced to score under the posts. 24-7
And excellent second half performance by the Launceston U16s failed to balance a characteristically slow first half.