Winning run continues as Evesham beat the elements
By Andrew Flaxman
Boys refuse to be blown off course in outstanding defensive display
A howling gale, excellent hospitality and a good home side greeted the boys as they travelled to Chipping Norton for a rare fixture against the Burford Road outfit.
With both teams having a full complement of players, the coaches agreed to give them a taste of the 15-a-side rugby they will be playing next year, but with the weather conditions almost blowing the smaller players off their feet it probably wasn't the ideal day for utilising the extra width and depth of a full-sized pitch.
This was born out in a very tight first half with both teams playing excellent rugby and a real contest developing at the breakdown. Evesham found themselves pinned back in their own half by the first-class ball retention and handling of the home side. However, in recent weeks our boys have shown they are quite happy to defend for long periods of time with outstanding team defence and superb individual tackling and this was no exception. Try as they might Chippy couldn't break through the line of tacklers fronted by Harry and man-of-the-match Darcy and with Evesham's pace and handling ability the boys know they are always just one break away from a score. Josh N and Luke D ran hard and Oli A distributed well and in the end when half time arrived it was Evesham who led 1-0 after Theo, who bagged yet another hat-trick today, went over from a nice Harry pass.
The boys doubled their lead after the break as Theo pounced on a loose ball from the kick off. One ruck and three passes later, Darcy was able to use his pace to sprint in for a try. At that point with the wind behind them you fancied the boys to run away with it, but Chippy had other ideas. They kept coming, making yards at every breakdown and were able to level the scores with two well-deserved tries of their own.
However, it was loose balls in midfield that proved the home side's undoing as Theo was able to use his pace to make the most of broken field. First he collected a loose ball and ran through to restore Evesham's lead, then from his own fly-hack he won the ensuing footrace to get his fingertips on the ball before the covering defenders could touch down over the line.
So another hard-fought win against another good side with good performances all over the park - the forwards carrying, rucking and supporting each other well, monumental team defence and always that threat from the pace of the backs.
Team: Josh A; Josh N; Kal, Harry E, Tom; Sean; Darcy; Harvey; Jonty; Luke D; Alex; Oli A; Oli P; Angelo; Ewan; Harry; Django; Owen; Theo; Luke R
Tries: Theo (3); Darcy