|17th February 2019||10.00am||Dover||17-47||U14s||Friendly||Away|
My plans for who was playing where and the subs for the game were ruined by the fact that Dover only had 11 boys turn up! We leant them two players in the first half and agreed to play 13-a-side, with no flankers in the scrums. For the first half, we leant them Joe and Josh O’D and played Ben, Zach and Jack as subs.
My starting line up (made up on the fly!) was: 1 Charlie, 2 Sam B, 3 Tom, 4 Dennis, 5 Josh J, 8 Beau, 9 Farzam, 10 Harrison, 11 Josh P, 12 Patrick, 13 Oz, 14 Sam M, 15 Flynn.
We started well, we won a scrum against the head around half way, Harrison chipped the ball forwards and Josh P pounced on the ball and ran it into the corner. The angle was tight and H missed the conversion (5-0).
Dover came back at us hard and they scrambled a try of their own, but missed the conversion (5-5).
We won a scrum in their half and Beau picked and went down the blindside from No. 8. He powered through their defence, before off-loading to Josh Jury, who went over between the posts. Harrison nailed the conversion to make it 12-5.
Dover again came back at us and had us pinned 5m out when Charlie and Flynn collided going for the same tackle. Dover went over to score and both Charlie and Flynn had to come off. Charlie was bleeding from the mouth and Flynn was a bit wobbly and dazed. I brought on Zach for Flynn (Flynn was playing full back anyway!) and Ben for Charlie. Ben went into the second row and Dennis played prop. Dover scored their conversion to make it 12-12. Greg and I agreed that neither player was fit to return to match and so they remained off for the rest of the game.
We started to exert a bit of dominance after the enforced changes, as they boys stepped up their intensity. Before half time, Josh Perry received the ball twice just outside our own 22 and twice went around their entire defence to touch down between the posts. Harrison nailed both conversions to make the half time score a more comfortable 26-12.
At half time, Dover reported that they had lost one of their players to a twisted ankle. As such, for the second half, we leant them Zach, Ben and Tom. We were playing a makeshift from row of Dennis, Sam B and Josh Jury (Josh said he wanted to play in the front row and that he had trained as a hooker previously, but never actually played there), so I moved Sam B to prop and played JJ as hooker. Our 2nd row was Sam M and Joe, with Beau at 8. Farzam was at 9, Harrison 10, Jack 11, Oz 12, Patrick 13, Josh O’D 14 and Perry 15. A bit of a make-shift team to say the least!!
Dover took advantage of so many of our players playing out of position and scored first in the second half, but missed their conversion, making the score 26-17.
We then secured another scrum in their half and Beau decided it was again time for a pick and go. His decision was correct and he ploughed straight through their defence to score a solo try. Harrison again nailed the conversion to make the score 33-17.
The fight seemed to go out of Dover at this point and some of our boys started to relax a bit. Sam B picked up from the base of a ruck and drove forwards. He released a pass out of the back door in contact to release Harrison, who ran straight through the middle of their defence and scored between the posts (I have had a word with Sam about back door passes, but it was hard to counter his response of “it worked and we scored!!”). Harrison converted his own try to bring the score to 40-17.
Josh Perry finished the morning with another solo run around the Dover defence and a score between the posts. Harrison was quite tired by this time, so let Beau have a go at the conversion, which he managed to score (but not convincingly, despite being in front of the posts!), making the final score 47-17.
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