Camels beat the Saints
By dan thomas
Camels u14s returned to form with a much improved performance and a comprehensive win over a very good Saints side.
Camels started positively, a strong chase of the kick and big tackle from Callum forcing Saints back into their own 22. When a Cams scrum was lost Saints were able to relieve the pressure, but typically strong and elusive running from Thomas saw him score the first try, well converted by Ethan. That score gave Camels confidence - all the elements of their game seemed to click into place. Rhys made a strong run up the left and was driven over by the arriving support, but the try wasn't given. BillyT picked up from the base of a ruck near halfway, broke one tackle, stepped past another and sprinted away to score under the posts. Sam then stole a Saints lineout on the 22 and broke through, drawing three defenders and popping a perfect offload to Bryn to score. Finally, good pressure from HarryP forced a poor pass from the Saints 10, presenting Ethan with an interception and an easy try to make it 24-0 at halftime.
Saints brought their big guns off the bench for the second half, and they made an immediate impact - a clinical finish of an overlap opportunity and a good conversion got them onto the board. However, Camels continued to do the simple things well - tackles were made, rucks were won, and passes went to hand. Liam, Saul and Oli were prominent in the loose, Billy and Cory were both strong in the carry and the tackle, and HarryP gave the opposition half-backs no time or space - that dominance led to tries for the backs. Ethan scored his second after deft handling from Jack and Thomas, Thomas scored his second with a solo run even better than his first, and then Charlie brilliantly collected and returned a clearance to set Ethan up to complete his hat-trick. Saints had the last word with a winger's try on the right, but the result was never in doubt.
On this form, Camels will be a match for anyone. Good performances from 1 to 18.