Bromyard 10 - 53 Harbury

RFU Junior Vase Round 3

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2013 01:03pm
Harbury, Stratford-on-Avon
By Jerry Birkbeck
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New territory for Harbury as they faced Bromyard in the 3rd round of the RFU Junior Vase. Harbury had taken the team and supporters down by coach whilst two players made their way directly to the ground.

They were fortunate to arrive at their destination before the M42 was closed an hour later. However, a player, assistant coach and your scribe were not so fortunate and either had to turn back or cut across country – which the writer of this piece had to do, arriving in time for the final ten minutes of the match! So a thanks to Dave Andrews for keeping a note of the scorers and some of the highlights of the game.

Bromyard play at the same level as Harbury and lie mid-table in Midlands 4 West (North). However, neither team had met before and this turned out to be an interesting encounter. Bromyard fielded a young side with a few experienced heads.

Harbury opened the scoring with a try from Richard Mazurek but then proceeded to loose field position by conceding a string of penalties. However, they pulled themselves together and added three more quick tries through their backline with co-centres Steve Alford and Daz Kittendorf and wing Mazurek all touching down.  A sharp break by scrum half Mark Foley was carried on by openside flanker Chris Milburn, who beat two men and passed inside to the supporting Foley who touched down for a well worked score.

Bromyard came back with a try after quick won set ball just before the break, which saw Harbury ahead 29-5 at half time.

Harbury opened the second half with quick ball along the backline to George Bostock who scored in the corner. Harbury made some changes with hooker Daz Nicholls replaced by Jeff Foster and Steve Alford by Tom Webb.

Bromyard added to their score with a sharp interception for an unconverted try. Harbury responded instantly through a Chris Milburn try. Whilst in the final ten minutes a strong run by Dan Shinkwin was well supported, and Bromyard were caught offside five metres from their goal line. Tom Webb took a quick tap penalty to cross the line.

Tom Kittendorf took the restart kick well and fed it wide to his brother Daz, who made a storming run up field and found Mazurek on his shoulder who took the ball across the goal line and touched down beneath the posts. He added four conversions for a personal haul of 23 points and a total team account of nine tries. The referee finished both halves after 35 minutes of play.

The highlights for Harbury were total scrum and line out dominance and an excellent first half characterised by some fine support play. Prop Greg Swinburn put in a strong performance, with lock Gaz Evans making some powerful runs. Man of the match was flanker Chris Milburn with his superb support play,

Harbury are back to league action on Saturday with an away match at Alcester, who have been performing well in their home games this season,




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