Whitehall made the short journey to Mangotsfield (Cleeve RFC) to play Yatton in the quarter final of the Charles Saunders Bristol Combination Vase.
Having previously played Yatton twice last season in Western Counties North, before our relegation, we new it would be a tough match.
Whitehall were without 3 of Saturday’s starting line up due to Man Flu and injury.
Whitehall kicked off on a dry cold windless evening. The forwards soon took control in the scrum and at the breakdown. Yatton’s lineout worked well, but they rarely got any momentum from their attempted rolling mauls.
Whitehall scored 1st through a strong run, from the ever impressing James Trent-Kerr.
The conversion was made by Sam Pearcey.
Yatton slowly came into the game, and converted a penalty that was awarded just outside the 22, for a ruck infringement.
Trent scored his second try after a very good run from young winger Jake Hollis. Trent supported and received the final offload to score near the posts.
Converted by Pearcey
Yatton upped the pace and were awarded a further 2 penalties to set up an exciting second half and make the score
Whitehall 14-9 Yatton
Whitehall new they had to be patient and build the phases until, spaces and mismatches appeared.
Whitehall took control of the second half, and completely dominated the scrum.
Well played the front row. Not many can believe that FURP has progressed from an unwilling 3rd team prop that never finished a game, to a technically very sound 1st team prop. Well played mate.
Whitehall were awarded a penalty for an infringement at a scrum, Pearcey put the kick over for a 17-9 lead.
Yatton now started to tire, and Whitehall’s backs looked very dangerous.
Skipper Dean Weaver was next to score after a very good run.
Pearcey converted Whitehall 24-9 Yatton
Whitehall were now stretching Yatton at ease, and could have scored many more tries.
Jake Hollis was last to score after he returned a kick from deep inside his own 22.
He set off a silky run beating 5 players in the process, for one of the tries of the season. Converted by Pearcey
Final Score Whitehall 31-9 Yatton
Whitehall are beginning to feel comfortable with our new style of play. The back row combination of Trent, Thumper and Fizzy is a match for most, whilst having 2 very mobile 2nd rows adds to the way we want to play.
The backs are now beginning to knit, with a threat on both wings with MOM Jake Hollis and Ashton Pullin giving us more confidence with every match.
Whitehall have traditionally been strong up front and this continues, but there is now a threat throughout the side. Although Jake got MOM for the 3rd game running it was a very difficult decision, all the squad contributed and it could have gone to several players.
I would just like to thank the very sizeable crowd of which the vast majority were Whitehall supporters, and our President for sponsoring local cup rugby.
You ALL MAKE A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE
Well played, on a very enjoyable match