Trojans U16's Chiefs v Andover 3rd December 2017
Chiefs battered by Andover forwards in non-league fixture
Chiefs battered by Andover forwards
Andover 31 Trojans Chiefs 14
This was an important training game for both teams ahead of the next round of league games. Andover had only 15 players available, and all but 3 or 4 of them were forwards. However, this proved to be a formidable line-up. The Chiefs didn't help their cause by sleeping at the kick-off. Andover recovered the ball from their kick and went on to score the opening try. The boys came back well with Ash making a powerful run into Andover's half. The ball was quickly re-cycled and passed down the line for Michael to score in the corner. Josh converted well to put Trojans in front. Unfortunately it didn't last. Andover put pressure on the Chiefs in their 22. Try saving tackles from Ash and Lewis kept them out until the ball was passed out to their big number 8 who was playing at centre. He ripped through the defence to make the score 7-10. The boys were missing first up tackles against their runners, with the notable exception of Matt. They also found it difficult to compete at the breakdown, often lacking support. Joseph had to go off with an ankle injury and was replaced by Sam Page. Our other sub, Rodrigo, turned up just before half-time having already lost his place to Josh Simmons on the wing.
The message at half-time was to concentrate on working our attacking structures and improving our organisation. Unfortunately the second half was blighted by further injuries. Linton went off with a bloody nose and was replaced by Rodrigo. Then Oscar suffered a suspected concussion when he took a boot to the forehead. Linton came back on, but worse to come later when Euan was withdrawn suffering from symptoms of concussion. Joseph went back on and Sam went to hooker. The referee then decided to yellow card both captains for failing to control their players, although there was very little trouble from either side. Fin H. therefore had to sit out the next 7 minutes. Andover's third try came from a prop who was playing on the wing. Their scrum-half added a fourth with a clever chip and catch from 5m out. The Andover forwards proved unstoppable when another of their props charged through the Trojans defence to make the score 7-31. The Chiefs struggled to gain any composure, often kicking possession away. However, they belatedly put together a well constructed try starting from their own 5m line. Matt made an excellent break and released Christian who ran half the length of the pitch, outpacing the Andover back line, to claim a consolation try. Josh converted to make the final score a more respectable 14-31. Man of the match was Michael who worked hard throughout. Ben McCormack, playing at number 8, also deserves a mention.
The boys need to step up their level of performance next week, particularly as they will be without both Oscar and Euan.