Wootton Bassett Under 14’s v Kingswood Knights Under 14’s
Strong second half showing for 7 try Knights.
A first run out since the Christmas and New Year break saw the Under 14’s travel to Royal Wootton Bassett. This was a new fixture for us with a jaunt up the M4 (or M5 if you thought we were playing Wootton Under Edge….). RWB had excellent facilities and a well-drained pitch that showed no signs of the snow and rain of recent weeks or the early frost today. It was a beautiful chilly January day.
The Knights were slightly under strength with only 16 players due to absences and suspension. It was good to have Harrison’s support acting as official photographer relegating Mr Howell to water-boy for the day. Wootton had a strong squad with around 8 subs – could be a long day at the office for our boys with little respite but at least no-one was stood getting cold on the side-lines.
The Knights started slowly failing to deal with the kick off and yielding possession to RWB on the 22 – possession recovered, Keyan went on the first of a number of good drives and Ollie supported to clear out well. The ball was lost forward and the cold conditions and rustiness lead to a scrappy interchange with possession bouncing back and forwards. RWB finally managed to get some good controlled possession from a scrum and on first phase ball managed to score in the corner. An excellent conversion from wide on the left took the score to 7-0. The scrappy first half continued with both teams making forced and unforced errors. Excellent play in the loose by Josh won the ball and support from Lee and Elliott allowed a strong drive from Billy and a clear out by James and Dan allowed CJ to run clear fed by Mac and Joe – excellent support for K’s first score of the day. CJ crossed for the first of his hatfull of tries for the day. Joe converted well to take the score to 7-7. RWB heads did not go down and they managed to score a second try with 5 minutes remaining of the half. The Knights came back strongly at the end of the half with a series of penalties advancing K up the pitch with some good kicks to touch by Matt and Mac. The Knights finished the half with a series of scrums and line-outs 10 metres from the RWB line. Great drives from Max and Batu just failed to cross the line but RWB held out well. The half time score remained 12-7 after a closely contested first period.
A good half time team talk asked the Knights for a little more composure on the ball and control in the set piece. The Knights responded well and started the second half strongly with a great sniping try from Stav in the corner. The Knights never looked back with a fantastic scrummaging performance in the second half taking 2 scrums against the head and constantly pushing RWB back on both Knights and RWB put-in. This platform allowed Mac and Joe some very clean possession that they used extremely well to release a stream of strong runners with CJ (twice more), Dylan and Billy all knocking wholes in the midfield to score tries after excellent work from the half backs. The second half turned into a bit of a one sided affair with 6 unanswered tries for the Knights and a near flawless rugby performance from backs and forwards alike.
7 good tries to report and a great performance with the boot from Joe scoring 6 out of 7 conversions.
An excellent competitive game played in a fantastic spirit by both teams (and as Slim pointed out very fine sausages for the post-match meal). The final score was 12-47.
Well done to the whole team from a proud coaching team. Great team photo at the end of the game by both team.
James was named MOTM after a strong performance at prop allowing the scrum to set a great platform for some excellent back play.
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