Evesham U15s Unbeaten Run Rolls On

Old Richians 15 - 15 Evesham RFC U15s

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2013 07:51pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Duncan Webster & Michael Adams
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And so as the rain poured down and the wind blew a gale it was down to who wanted the ball the most.

It was fourteen Claret and Blue shirts that wanted it more than fifteen Blue and Yellow. The forwards hunted that slippery oval thing as if their lives depended on it, time after time they rucked and mauled and drove over to win it for their backs. And as yet another scrum played out on the Gloucester line Kieran Raymer went over at short range for his first try – and sixth of the season.

The second half was more of the same, with the ball continuing to act like a buttered eel, it was liberally dropped and knocked on by both teams. Eventually the Old Richians scored, but this was countered with a blast through the middle by Connor Armento to restore the lead for the visitors. As this titanic battle played out the Blue and Yellows scored twice more only for Raymer to level matters in the last minute of the game.
There were big performances from Evesham all over the park. Finley Breach again boxed well above his weight at flanker and thwarted opposition number eight pick-ups time and again until they gave up trying.
Kieran Raymer – the try machine at number eight - was everywhere creating havoc for Old Richians. Connor Armento’s tackling (yet again) in the first half was a brick wall in the Evesham defence, supported ably by Jonathan Deakin and Finlay Keyte along with the 'Josh and Jack show' demonstrating the art of second row play
Jonathan Deakin earned the MoM award. He tackled everything that moved, dived head first against opposition boots to secure possession and became the immovable object in defence.
Evesham U15s play Tewkesbury at home this Sunday – kick off 11:00am. Come and support this unbeaten side.
Reporting: Duncan Webster


Evesham RFC Under 13s

Sunshine & Showers was the weather forecast, boy how wrong could they have been. As soon as we walked out of the club house it started drizzling, with a very strong wind blowing across the pitch, right to left.
Evesham lost the toss and had to play into a head wind for the 1st half. This made life very difficult indeed which was hampered even more 5 minutes after kick off by torrential rain, the likes of which I've only seen in Wales.....this lasted most of the game.
Neverless Evesham stuck to their guns, with some excellent last ditch tackling to stop Old Richians crossing the white wash. 1/2 way through a stop/start 1st half the pressure start to tell on Evesham. Finally Old Richians broke through their defensive line to score an unconverted try.
Evesham never gave up and had some great line breaks themselves from Owain Hann, Josh Selleck & Sam Tegg, but sadly came to nothing. The driving rain made handling very difficult, with both teams struggling to hold onto the ball. Half Time: Old Richians lead 5-0.
2nd Half Evesham played the percentages game, using the wind and kicking to the corners. It was Old Richians time to defend for their lives. Evesham attacked time after time with good runs fromMorgan FrenchJames Cross and James Icke but Old Richians held firm in defence.
A rare venture by Old Richians into Evesham's 22 saw them break off the back of a maul to score under the posts. Try converted to make it 12-0 with 5 minutes to play.
That really fired up Evesham, as the try was scored against the run of play. A penalty was awarded to Evesham from the resulting kick off, a good penalty kick into the corner for an Evesham lineout. From the lineout Evesham won a scrum 15mtrs in field, 5mtrs away from Old Richians goal line. A big scrum was asked for and was obliged. Great control by Jake Smith at No8 allowed Tom Evansto collect the ball to score a well deserved try. Owain Hann carmly slotted the conversion with the last kick of the match. 
Overall performance was good in appalling conditions and considering the squad was made up of x4 U12 players due to half term limiting the U13 squad.
One person seemed to revel in the conditions and that was Ben Holland. He made turn over after turn over and tackled everything that moved. For this he was voted Man of the Match by all the parents.
Congratulations must go to Euan Breach, Oliver Moore, Jake Smith & Sam Tegg for their excellent performances. To come into a new team, isn't easy and to play like they have never been away, is a credit to them and their coaches. All have a bright future ahead. 
Well done to all.


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