Kingswood Under 14s v Bredon Star Under 14’s
Exciting debut in the Gloucester Cup
The excitement of the cup came to Grimsbury Road today as the under 14’s welcomed our new friends from Bredon Star in our first encounter in the Gloucester Cup. Later rounds will see us play Matson, Clifton and Old Pats in the next few weeks.
A great turn out meant that we had 20 players in the squad for the day and Bredon also had a strong squad of around 20 players to select from.
A fantastic compelling game of rugby was the reward for a good crowd who came to support – the game was so intense it even distracted our official photographer from taking photos! The squad and coaching team would like to thank everyone who came along to offer their support today.
The game was played 30 minutes each way with Bredon playing with the slight wind and the slope in the first half. The weather was excellent for rugby – dry and clear with slightly soft ground.
From the kick off it was clear that Bredon were well drilled and organised – the Knights failed to deal with the kick off and a good chase from Bredon resulted in an early seven point score. This proved to be a wake-up call for the Knights and despite ten minutes of concerted pressure from Bredon some excellent defence from CJ, Dylan and Keyan holding up a near certain second try. More pressure was snuffed out by strong work from James, Max and Eliott forcing a Bredon runner into touch. The Knights survived ten minutes of pressure before starting to impose themselves on the game – some good kicks from Sam took them up field from a penalty and knights drove forward to put some pressure on the Bredon line with a great run from Harrison just held up 20 meters out – great support from Josh took them to within 10 metres only to lose possession to a penalty due to the first of a number of minor infringements at the breakdown.
The Knights continued to pressure the Bredon line – a good run from Lee formed a ruck that Liam and Dan cleared out brilliantly for Mac to recycle the ball to Joe and then to Matt to keep the pressure going. Batu took a clearing kick high above his head and drove hard for the line only to be held up short. Again the Knights were penalised and the lines were cleared. More Knights pressure was defused at the breakdown and Batu worked back well to secure possession from a Bredon kick.
The Knights developed good pressure at the scrum driving Bredon back a number of times and from one strong push Mac took the ball and fed Billy to cross for a try.
In the second half the competition was just as intense with Bredon camped for 5 minutes in the Knights half, a scrambled defence was tidied up by Stav collecting the ball 5 metres out from our line and carrying the ball 50 metres deep into the Bredon half. The Knights capitalised on the position with a good drive by Billy and Harrison allowing Mac to feed Joe and release the backs for Ollie to score in the corner only to be pulled back for a forward pass earlier in the move. The pressure was building on Bredon and from another good scrum the ball found its way to CJ to score a great try from 20 metres out. Harrison converted with a drop goal from wide out on the left with a great kick. The Knights took the lead.
Bredon were not finished yet with a drive back up field with a series of penalties they managed to cross for what proved to be the decisive try although there was some doubt over the grounding. The Knights were not keen to give up and worked their way down field again just failing to score from another strong drive.
A few little things to work on for the Knights this week but it was a great game to watch and the coaches were immensely proud of the way the whole team performed.
The Knights team clearly showed that they would not be out of place in the Gloucester Cup despite the step up in quality of opposition and they held their heads high.
Bredon were excellent opposition and we would like to thank them for making the journey down to see us. A match played in a great spirit with both team knocking lumps off each other in an effort to win and the result could have gone either way.
Batu was deservedly named player of the match after a strong performance in both defence and attack.
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