Harborough Colts took a large squad to Peterborough on a bright, dry afternoon that was ideal for running rugby. After the high of last week's Cup win, the Colts came down with a bump struggling to beat a weakened Peterborough team. Last minute withdrawals left the opposition with only 13 players and no front row, so three Harborough lads volunteered to play for the opposition. Williams, Nobel and Stubbs all put in strong performances for the opposition with Stubbs scoring a fine try against his team mates!
Harborough played some good rugby, putting together fine moves but unfortunately, the ball retention in contact all too often let them down resulting in the ball turning over to the opposition. Sloppy tackling allowed Peterborough to score first but Harborough came back with some good tries. Harborough scored five tries overall, with Thornton getting three and Mundy two; Joel kicked three conversions.
Towards the end of the second half, Peterborough scored twice to first bring the game level at 17-17 then to go ahead with a converted try. Harborough levelled the match at 24-24 with a few minutes to play. The team then showed excellent determination to win the match with a series of good plays resulting in a penalty close to the Peterborough try line. Using our well-honed move, a number of dummy runners distracted the opposition giving Thornton the space to take the ball and score under the posts with Joel's successful conversion being the last kick of game.
The running moves were one positive aspect of the match that the Colts can take forward into training on Thursday to iron out a few weaknesses ahead of next Saturday's National Cup match against Whitchurch. We need a big performance next week to take us into the final stages of the competition. We hope everyone can spread the word to bring along family and friends to get a big crowd to support the lads.