NLD U16s v East Midlands U16s Report
Super Sunday 1 Sunday 02nd November 2014 Bromsgrove RFC
East MidlandsU16s 26 – 12 NLD U16s
Sunday saw the first of this season Super Sundays as the NLD U16 squad travelled to take on East Midlands in a repeat of last season’s corresponding fixture.
12 months ago, NLD were taught a hard lesson against a quality East Mids side and were under no illusion of the task ahead. NLD started with a bang as they tore into East Mids from the kick off. Great work by Mcstay and Martin on the left with Brown in support and quick rucking from the forwards gave fly half Elliot Adamson room on the East Mids 22. Flanker Reuban Pritchard found himself on the right wing and Adamson put full faith in him and executed a pin point cross field kick which Pritchard fielded magnificently for the opening try, and a dramatic start which shell shocked their opponents. Adamson was successful with the tricky conversion and NLD were good value for their 7 point lead.
East Mids came straight back at NLD, and after some initial resistance were able to manufacture a try of their own following a penalty offence scored wide out. The conversion was missed and NLD were still 5-7 up. East Mids were content to keep the ball in the forward trying to starve NLD’s lively side of easy ball to play with. When they did get possession NLD showed they had elusive runners through Mcstay, Martin and in particular Andy Brown who was creating havoc from full back.
The next try owed much to the skill and pace of 2 young men in particular. A dropped ball by East Mids was scooped up by Liam Mcstay, who showed great footwork and pace to go round his man, he traded passes with Brown but was scragged just when it looked like he was free. Brown was up in support to take the offload and beat the covering defence to the try at the corner for an outstanding effort. Adamson was just off target with the difficult extras.
Again East Mids came back and using their big forwards again were able to rumble through NLD for a second try before half time. This time the conversion was good and the sides were locked at 12-12 at half time.
Changes were made at half time so the Midlands selectors were able to see all the squad players for the required amount of time. The changes unsettled both teams and the first period of the second half was somewhat of a stale mate with neither side really gaining the upper hand. The coaches were pleased that the NLD lads were still keeping to the patterns and playing sensible rugby when required. Eventually both Martin and Brown were able to make clean breaks, but neither were able to complete the scoring pass and chances went by.
Going into the final 10 minutes it looked like the draw was the most likely result, but NLD lost Martin when he followed up his own kick and collided with another player, and then Adamson who rolled his ankle making a tackle. This left the NLD backline a little disorganised and East Mids were able to take advantage of the situation to score 2 late tries which were both converted.
NLD scarcely deserved to lose the game, in which they had shown some outstanding attacking play and ferocious defence when required. East Midlands are a quality side and so the NLD players should be proud of the standard of rugby they played causing East Midlands to come from behind. Certainly more positives were gained from this performance, and it gives the coaches something to build on for their last game.
Early reports suggest that both James Martin and Elliot Adamson will be fit to take their places in the final match should they be selected.
Next the squad move on to play Staffordshire at Leicester Grammar School in Super Sunday 2 on Sunday November 16th.
Jake Hickling, Corey Lewis, Edward James, William Boot, Alex Hanham, Reuban Pritchard, Jack Dickinson, Tom Walton, James Thomas, Elliot Adamson, Liam McStay, James Martin, James Peachey, Mark Hendy, Andrew Brown, Joe Heyes, Harkaren Singh-Sandhu, Lewis Himsworth, Sam Pace, Thomas Osborne, Mason Coulam, Matthew Law, Alex Morris, Charlie Livesey