HRC v Tabbard - 16 Dec 18
By Scott Lehmann
HRC v Tabbard - 16 Dec 18
Hampstead Rugby Club U13’s played Tabard RC on Sunday 16th December at the Heath Extension. Both teams started with the usual arm wrestle with the Hampstead lads getting over the line first with a solid team try. Tabard then pulled it back to 5-5 with good flowing rugby from both teams and some missed opportunities from Hampstead. The piggies (#1,2,3 – the front row) then aimed up and the scrum started to dominate with a lot of wins against the feed and turning over the ball at the right end of the field, putting pressure on the Tabard try line. This dominance extended to the break down with some excellent counter-rucking form the boys, again turning over some quality ball at the right end of the field. We went into the break 15-5 up.
Tabard came out determined and crossed first, 15-10. This focused the Hampstead crew and they then piled on the pressure with the vast majority of play in the second half being on the attack at the right end of the field. The boys then put their shoulders into the work and pilled on the tries to finish at 35-10, with some great team tries due to awesome movement of the ball wide, following some straight and hard running. The 9 and 10 combination (Hughie and Dewie, sorry Timmy pop culture reference to Donald Duck that those of us of age may understand!) used great vision and passed when required and run when the opportunity presented.
I would be hard pressed to name a player of the match as every one of the team really aimed up and played the best, free flowing and contested rugby I have seen from the boys. All the boys stepped up with great line speed in defence, getting in Tabards face causing them to become rattled and drop ball at crucial times. Up the middle, Vincent, Michael, Patrick, James and Sawyer were crucial to the go forward with some great runs into traffic and great defence giving the backs some space to move the ball. Fraser as usual had his head over the ball winning a number of counter-rucks with his strong play. This allowed Hughie and Timmy some time and space to get the ball out to the backs with some great runs from Euan, Archie, Lucas, Sebastian and Nate. Special mention goes to Nate (first year of rugby – American Football convert) with his powerful tackling and strong running really made a difference out wide. Finally, Tiago at fullback made a lot of ground in cover and on his kick chase and return were also great to watch.
Overall, it was a great display of team work and structure from the team with solid in-game management from the halves. The team has been working on their structure, scrummaging and game management over the last few weeks at training and is was pleasing to see the hard work the boys have done convert into a dominate win. Well done, lads.