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Under 14s Show Potential in Defeat

Droitwich 32 - Evesham 19

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2013 08:09am
Evesham, Wychavon
By Ben Salcedo
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A sunny November morning saw a compelling and competitive match with enterprise and commitment from both sides.

Evesham trailed 17-0 at half-time after the home side dominated possession and attacking play for the first half. The forwards had put in a determined effort at the scrum, cannily managed by Kyle Wilkes at scrum half, and produced good, quick ball at the set piece; but the Droitwich defensive line was quick to move up, and Evesham were generally slower to arrive at the breakdown and drive over.

As Droitwich ran, passed and recycled, some great defensive work all round the park kept them at bay – Zeke Evans in particular made a string of hard tackles putting his man to ground; while the boys showed glimpses of their potential in attack, Will Bugg making a lovely break from midfield. Still it was three tries to none at half-time.

At the break, Evesham got together, found more purpose and an edge to their game, and came out with some fireworks. Will Moreland drove the restart back and set up the ruck; the pack drove over for quick ball to the backs, and Zeke Evans burst through the line and raced upfield. He was tackled at the 22, but Harry Johnson was first to the scene and fed Will Bugg who sprinted clear to score. A superb team try to start an enthralling and even second half.

Droitwich scored next – going wide from a 5 metre scrum after fierce defence had held them up over the line. Then Ollie Gould came on at full back, and straightaway put his mark on the match with some fine, aggressive running; he went round and through defenders for a try to narrow the gap.

With their tails up, Evesham came again: losing a scrum against the head on the half way line, the pack quickly put this right, counter-rucking to turn the ball over when the tackle went in. The ball went down the line, Zeke saw his gap and sprinted through to score from the 10 metre line. 22-19 the score, and less than a try in it. The result was settled by two tries in the last five minutes, unfortunately both by the home side, despite some excellent team work in defence by the boys.

An awesome tackle by Liam Berry on his own 5 metre line drove Droitwich into touch, the pack held up the ball over the line, then Harry Launder, Zeke and Ollie combined movement across the line with their tackles to snuff out an attack out wide. Disappointingly the last try came when Evesham were again knocked off their own ball at the breakdown.

Another step forward by an improving Evesham side, that continues to show a great team spirit and enthusiasm for the game throughout the team.

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