Sat 21
Rushden and Higham
Colts XV
Win in the plate takes Harborough further on the road

Win in the plate takes Harborough further on the road

By Stuart Beard
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Mud, mud, glorious mud!!

Harborough Colts travelled to Rushden and Higham for the 3rd round of the National Plate on a cold day with a light breeze but atrocious underfoot conditions. It looked a day for the forwards and so it proved. Playing with a strong squad Harborough received the ball and immediately put the opposition on the back foot, playing much of the first 5 minutes in the defending team’s 22. From a ruck in the centre 2nd row Sankey and Hooker Cam Boa made yards before the latter offloaded the other 2nd row Fraser Smith to score, converted by Harry Wells. This somewhat galvanised the home side who poured forward aided by the poor conditions, Harborough were playing a slightly chaotic game that did them no favours and granted Rushden a scrum between 22 and 10m line; a move across the backs saw defence pulled out of shape and the winger to score wide on the left. A poor try to concede 7-5. Rushden looked to have the edge in the ruck, but Harborough had the ascendency in terms of territory and could have scored a couple more but for handling errors that were to be expected with the ball resembling a small piglet after a mudbath. Ht 5-7
Both teams made changes in the second half, but it appeared that Harborough’s replacements were stronger, gaining superiority in the scrum and have by far the most possession and territory. However the home side tackled strongly and their Number 8 was a constant nuisance at the breakdown. After butchering an opportunity from a penalty a few yards out Harborough, there were given another opportunity; replacement 2nd row Adam Stamp bashed a hole just short of the line but Smith was there to pick up and muscle over for his second try. Rushden acme back but the visitors held firm and nearly added another when wingers Jack Woodward and Mason Tye converged on a kick through but again were beaten by the conditions more than anything. A good attritional win based on sound defence all over the park. Harborough travel to Leighton Buzzard in the next round on February 18th
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Sat 21, Jan 2017