Under-13s rise to the occasion in scintillating display
By Andrew Flaxman
Old Pats put to the sword in rugby feast
Playing in the shadow of Cheltenham College just as the pupils made their way into chapel, Evesham rose to the grandeur of their surroundings to play their best rugby of the season.
Old Pats have always been tough opposition, organised, skilful and physical at the breakdown, but this time they had no answer to Evesham’s fluency in attack and their resilience in defence.
The pattern was set early in this one as Evesham pressured the home defence, which tackled and competed well throughout the match. Soon though the boys found a way through as lovely handling across the line put Ewan into the corner to open the scoring.
As happened throughout the match, Old Pats kept coming and only an excellent recovery tackle by Harry W stopped a try from a clean break. With the ball in the Evesham half, sometimes that’s when our lads are at their most dangerous and the lead was soon doubled with a brilliant solo try by Theo, running past and round almost the entire Old Pats side. But even this try was the product of lovely handling in defence by Harry W and Freddie. This was a match that Harry controlled with one of his best performances, always picking the right option with his passing and kicking deftly into space to turn the home side.
Two soon became 3 as Freddie was held up near the line, the ball was recycled to Josh N who showed great awareness to put Harry in for the fly-half’s first score of the day.
Much as Old Pats tried, they lacked the blistering pace to make clean breaks or to make the most of any half-breaks. This was highlighted by Evesham’s fourth, again made in defence by the side’s three speedsters as Freddie collected a loose ball, ran well to give to Theo who put Harry over for his second.
As half-time approached Old Pats pulled a try back with a quick tap and go from a penalty, and they doubled their score soon after the break as Evesham found playing uphill a more difficult proposition, but lovely hands by the Asum forwards made a try for Freddie.
Old Pats bagged another but more fantastic handling saw Evesham run in as 8-4 winners with more tries from Django and hat-trick hero Theo.
Today was all about handling and passing and the vision of Evesham’s back line where Theo, Harry and Freddie were irrepressible, but equally pleasing was the team’s resilience in defence as they made their tackles and competed well at the breakdown where their rucking has improved greatly since the start of the season.
Team: Luke R; Luke D; Josh A; Josh N; Harry W; Harry E; Kal; Jonty; Ewan; Owen; Oli P; Oli A; Harvey; Connor; Darcey; Django; Theo; Alex; Freddie
Tries: Theo (3); Harry (2); Django; Freddie; Ewan