Sat 28
Vipers
14
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29
League
Colts XV
Batkin and Dressler help ensure victory for Harborough Colts

Batkin and Dressler help ensure victory for Harborough Colts

By David Nance
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Harborough Colts visited Vipers for their first League fixture since January and despite having a number of players side-lined through injury they cam


Harborough Colts visited Vipers for their first League fixture since January and despite having a number of players side-lined through injury they came away with a comfortable victory. The lack of game time showed in the first half as Vipers showed greater desire but never really threatened the Harborough line whereas Harborough were creative in attack but all too often took the wrong option when scores seemed inevitable. The deadlock was eventually broken when a break by Harry Bissett was followed by driving play by the forwards led by Jayk Dressler with Timmy Waterfield, Jack Roginski and Alex Wright to the fore. Continual drives brought them close to the line and Alex Adams took the ball at pace to crash over and break the deadlock. As half-time approached an injury to scrum-half, James Stubbs resulted in him leaving the field and as he had been a catalyst for Harborough’s creativity this could have changed the game but Jack Batkin moved from the wing and his second half performance was to prove decisive. Playing into the wind for the second period the 5-0 advantage was slender but Harborough showed their true character as a 15 minute spell totally changed the game. First it was Batkin who seized his opportunity when an attack looked to have broken down, he picked up and darted through to touch down near the posts, Fraser Harrop converted. From the kick off the ball was fielded by Finlay Clarke who offloaded to Batkin who ran from half way to outpace the defence, 17-0 to the visitors. It was then down to George Thornton who made a break and although he was tackled with a man free outside he was able to off load to Dressler who ran in for another try converted by Harrop. Shortly after it was Thornton himself who got on the score sheet to put Harborough 29-0 up and although they were now assured victory they made the fatal mistake of relaxing. Substitutions were made and there was an good cameo performance by Harrison Wood but after Waterfield received a yellow card Harborough allowed Vipers to run in under the posts to reduce the deficit by 7 points and then with the final play of the game and Harborough attacking, sloppy play saw a turnover and Vipers running through for a second converted try to bring the final score to 14-29 in Harborough’s favour. A solid victory but they will have to ensure that they do not gift points to other teams if they want to continue league success.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 28, Feb 2015

Kickoff

14:15

Competition

Division One