Having finished the U15 Season unbeaten, it was good to see how the boys have transitioned in to Under 16’s. Today was our first game, away, against a Watford RFC side that had some big lads and looked well drilled.
In the first ten minutes, we had several opportunities that ended up without any rewards. A few unforced errors, a few poor decisions at decisive moments – this could be a tough day. Fortunately, the deadlock was broken when quick hands eventually found JJ in a bit of space and good running gave us the first try. With Harvey rested after an injury sustained playing for Saints a few weeks ago; it was Jacob Benzie that stepped up to kick. First kick and he nailed it. 0-7 to Tows.
The second try came quite quickly afterwards with a strong scrum from Tows on their 22. Taylor at no.8 picked and ran straight at their defence; a great offload to Edward Monk who cut back in and passed to Ricardo for a simple walk in. 0-12 to Tows. The grass on one side of the pitch was very long and that made Jacob’s second kick difficult. Unfortunately, it just slid past the posts.
Our third try came from our well drilled practicing during the week – simple rugby, quick through the hands finding Edward Monk on the wing who secured a great team try. The kick was a tough one being so wide and we just failed to secure the conversion. 0-17 Tows.
At half time, the boys knew they’d left a good twenty points out there from poor decisions in the first part of the game. The second half had much more of the intensity we wanted and it wasn’t long before JJ ran through to get our fourth try. Jacob got the kick too, so we were now 0-24 up. This is where the Watford lads started to drop their heads – they had some good opportunities and several times were on our touch, but some great scrummaging and defensive work meant they just hadn’t got through.
Upon the restart, Bailey put a big tackle on their number 10 and in the panic they lost possession with Joe picking the ball up deep in our half – a really strong run from Joe before passing to Tom who offloaded to Owen. Owen had a good game today and his run at their defence left them with no answer. A great try from a defensive play inside our 22. Jacob got the kick again, so Tows now led 0-31.
It was difficult to pick a man of the match today because the lads did well as a team. However, we will give the MotM title to Luke today – his first game for Tows and he played in a completely new position. He did some great runs, strong and straight and one of those was rewarded with a try. Josh had the ball and unselfishly passed to Luke who ran it home. Well-done Luke. Jacob missed that conversion, so we were now 0-36.
Luke was also instrumental in our last try – a great run bouncing several attempted tackles before passing to Ricardo who ran it home for a simple try. At this point, Jacob didn’t get a chance to convert because the Watford coaching staff called the game with over 15 minutes still to go. A real shame not to see the full 60 minutes out, but an emphatic result at 0-41. Afterwards, the Watford Head Coach congratulated our boys on a very impressive performance that he said their boys simply had no answer to. Overall, it was mostly run in good spirit and was a good start to the season for the lads. Well played Watford and thanks for hosting us.