Team defence gives good workoput to Under-13s
By Andrew Flaxman
Bromyard limited to single score as Evesham hold out for big win
The arrival of Storm Freya helped make this one a classic match of two halves with Evesham's boys able to show off a full range of rugby skills, from fluent running to spirited defence.
The start threatened a home walkover as the Bromyard line was punctured twice in quick succession by, of all people, Owen. Playing out on the wing, he showed the virtues of good support play as Evesham recycled the ball from a series of rucks and spread the play for him to score number one. That soon became number two as Harry ran through a big gap to put Owen in for his second - his first two tries of the season in an excellent all-round performance.
That first half saw Evesham totally dominant as, for all their good work at the breakdown, Bromyard simply couldn't get out of their own half and were always vulnerable to the home team's pace, shown when a Theo break led to scrum-half Oli P going over to make it 3-0. Owen almost went over for his hat-trick, but it was Theo who scored a first-half double for himself after good Evesham handling. With Bromyard pinned deep, they soon resorted to desperation measures and a poor clearing kick was collected by Luke D for an easy run-in.
With the wind picking up, the second half saw very different conditions as Freya blew in the rain, making handling tricky for both sides and the match saw multiple scrums and stoppages for handling errors.
Having gone in 5-0 down, Bromyard showed great spirit and good tactical nous. Playing to their strengths, they kept the ball in the forwards throughout and recycled well. As a result the game this time was almost entirely played out in the Evesham half, forcing our boys to defend for their lives, which they did superbly. Time after time Bromyard pressured the line, only for the boys to fend them off with excellent tackling and team defence. Once a Bromyard maul was forced into touch almost at the try-line and even when the visitors did get the ball over the line, they were denied a try as referee Howard ruled the ball had been held up, a decision vindicated by the sight of Jonty emerging from the pile of bodies with ball in hand.
Finally, however, Bromyard did get their consolation try, but any slim hopes of a comeback were smashed by a superb solo try from Theo to make the final score 7-1. An excellent team victory, epitomised by the choice of Harry E as man of the match for his hard-working display.
Team: Luke D; Jonty; Ewan; Josh A; Josh N; Darcy; Harry; Harry E; Oli P; Theo; Sean; Tom C; Angelo; Owen; Kal; Luke R;
Tries: Theo (3);Owen (2); Luke D; Oli P