Trojans U15's mixed squad v Tadley Tigers
Strong performance from a strong hybrid Trojans U15's squad.
A hybrid squad, an equal mix of Chiefs and Warriors, took the field against a Tadley side which were short of two players. They were given two Trojans to make it a 15 a-side game. The boys started well and quickly took the lead when Robbie recycled the ball quickly and Ollie J. fed Rodrigo who burst through the defence to score. Mark returned the kick off some 20m to immediately put Trojans back in the Tadley half. From a scrum, Ed picked up and offloaded to the backs. Holden was in support and took the ball over the line for the second try. Matt converted to make the score 12-0. Mark again fielded the kick off and ran it back at Tadley and found a good pass out to Oscar who ran in a third try from long range. Again Matt converted.
The boys had been asked to ensure they take the ball over the gain line and the forwards responded well with good runs from Ed and Oscar and good driving from Sammy and Fraser. Taylor got in the action by attacking the blind side and came close to scoring. The referee awarded a penalty for a high tackle. The ball went out to the backs and once again Holden was in close support and finished off a well worked try. This made the score 24-0 at half time.
Joseph and Linton played for Tadley in the first half and were swapped with Oscar and Taylor for the second half. The re-start saw the boys lose concentration and were very disorganized for a while. This allowed Tadley to get in the game, but they made too many handling errors to take advantage. Instead Matt picked up a loose ball on half way and sprinted to the line to score. He also converted to make it 31-0. Mark appeared to be taking a breather in the back line, but when the ball came to him just inside his own half, he made a penetrating run going all the way to the line for an excellent try - perhaps more that of a centre rather than a flanker. Holden was enjoying a great game with the ball and kicked ahead and followed up. A penalty was awarded and Robbie showed quick thinking and determination to tap and dive over the line. Matt converted to make it 43-0. Oscar started an attack for Tadley and floored Linton on his way to the try line. A deserved consolation try for the Tigers. Linton gained revenge when Matt put him in the corner to score Trojans' final try and make the final score 48-7.
It was an easy victory, but the boys executed their opportunities well and put up a solid defence. Captain Matt was given man of the match for his leadership and decision making, not to mention excellent running, distribution and kicking. Warriors Robbie and Mark stood out, as did Chiefs Holden and Oscar. Well done to the all boys who played for Tadley.