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By Alison Kyle-Henney
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Cup Win For Trojans. MOTM Ed Grinstead

Trojans Colts A V Jersey Colts.
Sunday 14th September 2014 2.00pm
Colts League Cup Division
Playing Condition – Warm and sunny, with a slight breeze blowing from left to right.

The arrival of a new season, saw Jersey visit Trojans, for the Colts first competitive match in the Cup Division. Good pre-season victories against Petersfield and Totton filled T’s with confidence for a match against what is usually a very strong Jersey Team. However, today, both teams were forced to call on many new starters, with many senior Colts at the Hampshire U-18 trials.
The early exchanges were very equal, with both teams sizing each other up. As the half progressed, Trojans started to dominate territory, but each visit to the Jersey 22, resulted in in Trojans ‘Knock-on’. Against the run of play, Jersey charged down a Trojans kick, and raced clear to score a converted try under the posts. T’s were back on the offensive, but were again suffering from handling errors. A T’s clearing kick, well into the Jersey half, looked fairly innocuous. However, Jersey produced a great flowing move, to take the ball a full 70 metres, without a Trojans tackle, to score their second converted try.
So the first half ended, with T’s having shaded the territory battle, but lacking the cutting edge to score. Jersey had two real chances, and took them both.
HT Trojans 0-14 Jersey
T’s had the advantage of a following wind in the second half, and started very strongly. A strong early run from Ed Grinstead, punched a hole in the Jersey defence, and Trojans captain for the afternoon, George Goff, was on hand to score T’s first try of the new season. Connor Jack was now at full back, and added strength to Trojans in both defence and attack. It was his strong run that set up Ed Grinstead. Ed rode two strong Jersey tackles, to score T’s second try of the afternoon. (Converted by Connor Jack). Jersey were then penalised for offside, giving Trojans the opportunity to kick for goal. However, the penalty was missed, so Jersey clung to a 2 point lead. T’s were definitely on the front foot now, dominating both the scrum and lineout, possession and territory. Chris Ngoulou was threatening the Jersey left side, and was unlucky to be forced into touch as the try line beckoned. This concerted pressure on the Jersey defence quickly led to try number 3, scored by Kal Traynor, giving T’s a 3 point advantage. Further strong runs from Chris Ngoulou, threatened to add to Trojans lead. Jersey forced their way back into the Trojans half, but conceded a penalty. A quick tap penalty by Kal Traynor, found its way to Luke Till. Luke showed blistering pace, to sprint 50 metres and score Trojans 4th Try. (Converted by Conner Jack). Only Minutes later, Luke was set to score again, from even further out, but the try was disallowed for a foot in touch during a 60 metre run. Jersey were not out of things, and Trojans had a nervous last 5 minutes camped in their own 22. The young Trojans team held out, to record an impressive first victory of the season.
Final Score Trojans 24-14 Jersey.

Goff, Grinstead, Traynor and Till
Jack x 2

Trojans MOTM
A really strong team effort today. Special mention to George Goff captained the team well. The pace of Till and Ngoulou always threatened the Jersey line. Both Matt Everhand and Connor Jack looked very composed at full back. However, for this impressive victory,
This week’s joint MOTM is Ed Grinstead.

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