Sat 22
Southam
5
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31
Friendly
Colts XV
Harborough Colts return with a vengence

Harborough Colts return with a vengence

By David Nance
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Harborough Colts returned after a 3 week absence and although the lack of game time showed they put in a powerful performance.


Harborough Colts returned after a 3 week absence and although the lack of game time showed they put in a powerful performance. Playing with the wind they scored an early try when an excellent kick into the Southam defence by Connor Bond saw Number 8 for the day, Frank Tufial-Smith, showing excellent aerial skills to control the ball and touch down under the posts, Laurence Joel converted. Southam struck back and missed tackles saw their winger break free to touch down in the corner to reduce the deficit. This was followed by 2 individual tries for Harborough. First Joel got the ball in attack and his speed and side-steps saw him run through the defence to touch down under the posts. It was then the turn of Joel Nance who charged down a kick on his own 10 metre line and showing excellent footballing skills controlled the ball upfield, collecting it 5 metres out and again touching down under the posts. Both tries were converted by Joel to bring the half-time score to 21-5 to Harborough. Playing against the wind and a huge penalty count against them, often for baffling decisions, Harborough changed their game plan. It was Harborough who added points with an excellent run by Jack Williams to touch down wide out and this was added to by Jayk Dressler crashing over as Harborough showed patience and control in attack. Harborough lost first Nance and then Fred Highton to yellow cards but they upped their game and although Southam crossed the try line 4 times they were held up on each occasion. Their defensive play was best demonstrated when from an attacking 5 metre penalty Sam Wellicome and Tom Grahamslaw hit the Southam attack so hard that the ball went loose and Harborough picked up advancing into the opposition half. There were promising season debuts from Joe Margetts, Pete Sankey and Tom Grahamslaw and the Colts continue to go from strength to strength and the 31-5 score line was a just reward for an afternoon of committed rugby.
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Match date

Sat 22, Feb 2014

Kickoff

14:15