A mixed squad of 23 Harborough Colts travelled to local rivals Lutterworth with a keen desire to improve their league position. Unusually Harborough started well and collected the ball from a turnover from the kick off. Urgent and rapid attack saw Harborough offload between forwards and backs and Tyler Smith powered over in the right corner. 0-5 to the visitors. Lutterworth then recovered well and a Harborough knock on from receiving the ball saw them deep into the Harborough half. Opting to kick the resulting penalty the score went 3-5. Defense from both sides was tight with the Lutterworth backs making good inroads into Harborough’s half through slick moves in the three quarters. Fantastic last ditch defense kept them out and when Harborough eventually gained control of the ball they managed to score on the left hand side through the ever present Smith. 3-10. Lutterworth kept applying the pressure and Harborough coughed up the ball to allow the Lutterworth backs another opportunity to attack the line. Another impressive backs move saw the hosts score a converted try to bring the score to 10 a piece. The game was evenly balanced with both sides tackling well. Most notably from the impressive Will Green who made the tackle of the match on his much bigger opposite winger to snuff out a certain try. Just before the half time break another fine attacking play involving almost all 15 of Harborough’s players saw the ball move from one wing to the other and back again before Tyler Smith scored his hat trick, going over under the posts, this time Will Dawson slotted the extra points to leave Harborough leading 10-17 at the restart.
Harborough started well in the second half and managed to move the ball well with stunning offloads to give Tyler Smith his 4th try. Lutterworth were not done yet with constant forays to the Harborough line. Harborough managed to get bodies in the way and some brave defense kept the score to 10-22. After over 20 minutes of constant pressure Harborough finally ventured out of their own half, but not conventionally, by kicking, instead they ran a superb move down the right wing, forwards and backs attacking from all areas, moving the ball inside and out, Tyler Fray burst forwards into the Lutterworth half and the resulting ruck was spun wide by Ewan Jones to see the ball stopped just short of the line, Smith finally powering over to make it five from him. Lutterworth were still not done and tried to exert more pressure but a great touch kick from fly half Will Dawson put Harborough in the Lutterworth half. A lineout 8 meters out from the left hand corner saw Josh Ford soar and collect Harry Fordham’s accurate throw in and unusually Harborough constructed the prefect driving maul, George Christison slipping the ball to Harry Fordham who burst over the line to finish the game 10-32.
Solid and urgent defence with superb interplay and slick offloads were the foundation this well-deserved win was built on. Great Rugby.