Harbury 46 Redditch 12

Midlands 5 West (South)

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2013 04:56pm
Harbury, Stratford-on-Avon
By Jerry Birkbeck
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Harbury skipper lock forward GAZ EVANS led the way to his side’s emphatic victory over Redditch with three excellently taken tries.

It’s three seasons since Harbury last entertained Redditch. The visitors having been relegated from Midlands 3 along with Woodrush at the end of April 2013. Redditch have a formidable pack and this was evident in the early exchanges. It was, however, Harbury who took an early lead. Playing into a strong wind and up the slope, the hosts found good field position through a well struck penalty by outside half RUSS CLARKE. From the lineout an excellent catch and drive took lock and skipper GAZ EVANS over for a try after just six minutes, RICH MAZUREK adding the conversion.

Redditch showed their mettle hitting back from the kick off when a dropped pass in the home backs led to a set scrum inside the Harbury 22. Quick ball and a pick up by the impressive no 8 was fed out to the blindside wing who used his pace to round the defence for a smart score. The conversion was added and after ten minutes of play it was honours even.

Harbury were aggrieved at slipping up and over the next thirty minutes stamped their authority on the game to

through adding three excellent tries demonstrating great support play between forwards and backs.

From well won ball Harbury, adopting an expansive game plan, worked the ball out quickly through the hands and a forceful run by centre STEVE ALFORD, who cut through some desperate cover defence, and scored close to the posts. On the fifteenth minute. The conversion was missed but it put  Harbury back in the driving seat for a 12-7 lead.

After 30 minutes EVANS stepped up to the mark and stormed through from a 5 metre ine out to add to his team’s dominance. The conversion was added by MAXUREK to take Harbury twelve points clear. An excellent rolling maul was stopped on the five metre line, scrum half MARK FOLEY made a sharp break and quickly move the ball inside to EVANS who stormed over the line for his hat-trick and his teams fourth and bonus point score on the break of half time. Converted by MAZUREK it gave Harbury a deserved nineteen point lead.

Playng down the slope and with the wind at their backs Harbury continued their positive expansive play and the ball was moved quickly across the back line with RICHARD MAZUREK making  a powerful run to the line to take the score to  31 - 7  

Redditch came back following a well struck penalty to the corner. A well rehearsed move from the resulting lineout saw a pick up by their eight who managed to get the ball away to their left wing who squeezed in at the corner on the 50th minute.

Harbury quickly hit back with two excellent tries made by the forwards and finished of through the backline. HENDRY RHEEDERS lurking in the backline used his strength to burst through the defence to score close to the posts MAZUREK converting.

CLARKE showed his guile at out half, the former LICHFIELD ten, when he made great use of fine work by flanker RICH SMITH ,who was making his debut,  and side stepped the onrushing defence to touch down.  He then completed his teams scoring as he added a sharp drop goal when opportunities outside were closed down by good defence

A good win for Harbury although some fine tuning of the side will be addressed through the commitment of the squad and the orchestration by Director of Rugby HENDRY RHEEDERS.

Harbury have a tough away match against third placed STOKE OLD BOYS on Saturday. Kick off 2.15. This to be followed by a difficult home game when they entertain WOODRUSH. After a busy fortnight Harbury have been drawn away to BROMYARD in the 3rd Round of the National Junior Vase on the 16th November.


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