Sat 06
Colts XV
Stewart & Lloyds Colts
Lacklustre Colts performance ends in defeat

Lacklustre Colts performance ends in defeat

By David Nance
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Harborough Colts put in a very poor performance to lose by a single point at home to Stewarts and Lloyds.

Harborough Colts put in a very poor performance to lose by a single point at home to Stewarts and Lloyds. The visitors arrived with only 14 players who were younger and smaller than Harborough but they made up for this with a desire and passion to win and would probably have won even without Harborough loaning them a player. From the start S&L dominated possession and territory and when Harborough did win ball they were tackled relentlessly and made little progress. Once again they gave away a huge number of penalties, failing to learn from the referee's interpretation and were lucky to escape without a yellow card. The inevitable score came however when Harborough were attacking but a defensive 5 metre scrum was won by S&L with the scrum half picking up and seeing a massive gap on the blind side ran the length of the field to touch down to add to an early penalty making it 8-0 at the break. Harborough were not helped by their scrum who despite being much bigger were being pushed backwards and their lack of fitness which saw too few of them even bother to make the breakdown making it easy for the visitors to turnover ball at will. The second half saw some improvement first with Jack Batkin and Sam Noble changing places and second with Matt Snutch and Sam Welton adding some urgency and stability to the scrum. This could not however prevent a second try for the visitors who took a 13-0 lead before the introduction of George Thornton in the centre seemed to lift the players and it was Thornton who scored the first points to reduce the deficit. This was short-lived as S&L added a penalty to lead 16-5 but this galvanised the Harborough team who suddenly upped their game to add 2 further tries through Noble and Jake Cartwright but it was too little too late. Harborough may have been missing a number of key players and lacked leadership on the field but this should be no excuse as they had the players on the field who should have been good enough to win this game. This is a clear case of must do better and this includes training hard to improve fitness levels which was sadly lacking for a number of the squad.
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Sat 06, Dec 2014