Sat 11
Syston
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Cup
Colts XV
Harborough Colts win again in National Plate

Harborough Colts win again in National Plate

By David Nance
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Harborough Colts travelled to Syston and came away with a deserved victory to progress in the National Plate competition.


Harborough Colts travelled to Syston and came away with a deserved victory to progress in the National Plate competition. They knew this would be a tough encounter against Syston’s very strong pack and so it proved. The contest was very even throughout with Harborough unable to deliver quick ball to their back line that looked to have the skill and speed to dominate. What developed was largely a forward battle with Harborough coming out on top with Timmy Waterfield winning balls against the head in the scrum and Ed Parker dominating the line out. The first try came midway through the first half when number 8 George Thornton picked up and stormed over from the 22. The conversion was missed but a penalty from Jake Noble secured a half-time lead of 8-0. As the second half progressed Harborough started to fall foul of the referee and following repeated off-sides in the forwards they were reduced to 13 men when first Joel Nance was yellow carded for straying offside in the centre and James Coomber followed for an infringement at the breakdown. With only 13 men and Syston encamped on the Harborough line the signs were ominous but excellent defence kept Syston out and Harborough then pushed Syston back in the scrum and broke up field. An obstruction saw Syston lose a player to the bin and as Harborough found their form they drove to the Syston line and man of the match Jack Digby drove over for a try from a line out 5 metres out. The conversion was missed and at 13-0 Harborough were not yet safe until Ed Parker picked up from a scrum and stormed through for an excellent finish. Jake Noble added the conversion with Harborough running out winners by 20-0
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Match date

Sat 11, Jan 2014

Kickoff

14:15