Marlow A and B teams win at Reading
A and B teams win comfortably in our first visit to Reading RFC as an age group
For the A team, Mike Ingall writes:
Report to follow for the A team (who scored 10 tries to Reading's 1 in a comprehensive win)
For the B team, David Williams writes:
Marlow B (20) vs Reading B (5)
Marlow B rewarded the travelling fans by delivering their performance of the season. Taking a leaf out of England’s book the previous day they played with intensity and ambition. You can sense some real self-belief building.
The platform was built off good first phase possession. The forwards competed well and dominated both the scrum and line-out. Hugo Beyer, Jack Fountain, Thomas Bates and Finlay Gronmark all delivered in the set pieces and the loose. The work they did driving low with shoulders made a significant difference. And all of them at different times were seen ripping the ball and spinning out of mauls. Charlie and Lewis were ever present in the loose marauding off the sides of rucks and mauls as well as winning their share of line out ball. And it was for his tremendous support play that Lewis Thomas earned himself man of the match.
On more than one occasion Jack Fountain could be seen hitting the maul at pace and driving with his legs. After injuring his arm he bravely stayed on and moved to the wing.
The forwards efforts were rewarded when Michael Marsden was released down the blind side by Luke and Marlow secured the first score.
From the next kick off, deep in his own half, Matthew Wilson caught the ball. He evaded the oncoming chasers and set off like a terrier, showing us the electrifying pace he has. Jinking in and out and shrugging off three of four tackles he made it nearly the length of the pitch and scored in the corner. Mr Wilson was heard to say, “he does make exceedingly good tries!“. At half-time he rested (following a muscle strain), content thinking he’d scored the try of the season.
However, he was undone by a great team effort that showed Marlow total rugby at its best. From a ruck within their own half, the forwards driving low, secured clean ball. Luke Ince-Green dug the ball out and got it away, Harrison Glover drew his man and released the ball to the impressive Alexander Richardson who similarly released Joel Watson. Joel made a great outside break and good yards before being supported by Matthew Rowley at full back and Aidan on the wing. The forwards were there in numbers again to secure the ball and picked and drove around the side of the ruck. The ball was moved through the hands back across the pitch for Joel Watson to score in the opposite corner. You could almost hear the champagne corks being popped!
On the flip side our defence was solid, we chased kicks well and the backs exerted good pressure, having worked on this in training. It was to the team’s credit that hardly a tackle was missed all day. In fairness, Reading were competitive throughout and never gave up. They had their efforts rewarded with a consolation score towards the end. They were generous hosts and we thank them for their hospitality and fair play.
We also appreciated the A team players who stepped in to fill the gaps on the wings and thank Michael Marsden and Aidan (who both scored good tries), Oscar Williams and Jonny Hartrick. All in all it was a great morning for Marlow U12’s and bodes well for what will be a great tournament next week.