Andover 5 Trojans Chiefs 62
Like us, Andover's selection was affected by holidays, injuries and the Hampshire trials. Without the luxury of having two squads, they only had 13 players available. We had 17 players, so in the interests of playing a fair game, we lent them 2 players in each half to even things up and play 15-a-side. The players were asked to work hard and also think ahead and organise themselves off the ball.
The Chiefs made an excellent start and scored after a couple of minutes, following great running from Oscar. The forwards took the ball towards the try line and the ball was fed to Christian to crash over for the first try. Dara converted to make it 7-0. The next try stemmed from excellent handling from the backs, freeing up Christian who ran in a try from just outside his own 22. Dara converted again to put the Chief's 14-0 up. Fin put in a another captain's performance, repeatedly carrying the ball over the gain line. The forwards were quicker around the pitch and dominated the scrum. Runs from Joseph and Oscar led to good field position and the backs passed it out to Ollie on the wing who used his pace to round the defence and score under the posts. Another conversion from Dara made the score 21-0. Dylan showed composure at fly-half and kicked ahead for Christian to collect but possession was wasted. Another chance was spurned when Ollie sped down the wing again, but instead of scoring in the corner, cut inside and was tackled by William.The forwards worked hard and were creating more opportunities for the backs. Mattis showed his class at scrum-half with a very well taken solo try from a scrum near the opposition's line. It was now 26-0 and looking very comfortable for the Chiefs. Ollie made yet another run into Andover's 22 and was tracked by a great support run from Thomas who took the offload and overcame three defenders to touch down and make the score 31-0. The boys scored a sixth first half try when the ball went down the back line again for Oscar to finish in the corner. The 36-0 score at half time was well deserved. The boys were playing some outstanding rugby at times and the Warriors players coming into the team were doing a great job.
The second half started with Ollie switching to full back and showing his counter attacking potential. Ed made a powerful run but unfortunately the Chiefs didn't capitalise. Instead it was Andover who took the initiative with Oscar making a good run before being bundled into touch. The Chiefs were not making their tackles and a lack of concentration allowed the Andover forwards to work a try. Andover rallied for a while, but normal service was resumed when Thomas picked up from the back of a ruck in their 22 and passed to Ed who charged over for a try under the posts. Dara converted to make it 43-5. From another ruck, Sammy passed to Christian who finished well to complete a hat-trick. Dara made it 50-5. Adam Stockley made a run down the wing and was stopped short, but the ball was re-cycled and the ball was passed down the line for Ollie to score in the far corner. Dara was kicking well and slotted his sixth conversion to make it 57-5. Mark made a good run down the middle of the pitch and again the ball was passed out to Ollie to complete his hat-trick and make the final score 62-0.
It was fantastic to see 10 tries being scored, albeit against a weakened Andover side. Special mention should go to those who played for Andover; Mark and William in the first half and Louis and Oscar in the second half. Man of the match went to Dylan.