Sat 11
Colts XV
Hinckley RFC
Great win for the Colts

Great win for the Colts

By Stuart Beard
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Burrows digs deep to bury Hinckley

Harborough Colts scored a stunning and well deserved win over Hinckley, with plaudits going to the whole 20 man squad for a great team effort. On a cold day with sleet in the air and claggy underfoot conditions the opening exchanges were even but on 7 mins a poorly executed kick fell into the hands of the Hinckley winger who committed his opposite number before offloading to a support runner for the first score under the post. 0-7. Harborough quickly established some territory and won a penalty on the 22 in front of the posts, scrum half Harry Wells took the 3 points 3-7. Harborough now looked in the ascendancy with 2nd row Jack Burrows tirelessly making the hard yards and No 8 Henry Povoas looking dangerous. From another Hinckley infringement, Wells caught the visitors napping and muscled through a few tackles to score, converting his own try 10-7. More Harborough pressure came after a cross kick from fly half Charlie Beard, outside centre Max Dalby made the tackle and from the good field position Harborough set up another attack through the forwards to allow Captain Joe Price to bundle over from close range 15-7. Hinckley powered back and a poorly directed kick punished Harborough again as Hinckley return the ball on the other flank to score and make a great conversion HT15-14

The second half saw the home side begin to feed in substitutes, it’s such a luxury to have 5 extras to call on to freshen up the team, but to their credit each played a massive part in the performance. The half started with Hinckley beginning to get more of a foothold in the game, but from defending just outside their 22, the home team brought the defence up quickly to blitz the Hinckley attack, a shuddering tackle by Beard on the Hinckley stand-off forced the ball loose, centres Geordan Stout and Dalby ran it with purpose before freeing speedster Ed Duggan to run half the length of the pitch to score under the posts, Wells converted 22-14. With a 2 score cushion Harborough were forced to defend for much of the remaining 20 minutes, much of it on their own 5 metre line and after a few indiscretions inevitably lost a flanker James Melody to the bin. However, the character shown by the side to thwart the attacks was inspiring and it was with great relief, and somewhat fitting that Man of the Match Burrows sliced a ball over the deadball line to secure a tough and gutsy victory

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Sat 11, Feb 2017