The final hurrah....
By Sian Clarke
Well played boys!
The final hurrah.
So if Carlsberg did final games, this would be pretty close. A ten try win with often flowing rugby played by strong mates under the Marlow lights some dragging themselves off the physio bench or from the wilderness just to do it. Many injured players too also made it on crutches or out of boots too.
The game started and finished with a full U18 contingent, and the intent was plain for all to see. Almost from the first kick off, Bracknell dropped the ball and from the resultant scrum Harry Hoare, stunt double at 10, was greeted with a gap as big as his grin as he strolled in under the posts. 7-0.
With our local Frenchman on the whistle, we got reward at the ruck, and from the penalty lineout, 3 phases later Tom Asplin cut back in to score the second.
Sam Hunt dropped the ball over the line blaming the miles of tape holding his shoulder together, but it was never going to matter. Harvey Hendry scored his first of 3, after Lucas went on a typical mesmeric weaving run; Nick Spicer stretching over after more strong phases, before setting up Harvey off the kick off, who finished with a Shane Williams-Esk forward roll.
We had to defend our own line and did so proudly, thwarted 2 lineouts and repelling assaults including another 11 man maul. We broke out well and Sam Hunt latching onto his trade mark inside ball tight to the ruck to gallop in from distance. 42-0 at HT.
Targets for the second half, ease pass 50 and NIL them.
Subs were used and team mates taking a knee so others could get on the ‘score’ sheet. And once again Mr Carlsberg’s script writers came good, Harvey toying with the opposition who just rocked on their heels, to feed Ollie Till to score and cue the celebration of the season. (Taking Ollie’s tally to 46 tries this season, a club record....?... you never know who reads this dross)
Harvey finished his hat-trick, before feeding Max for his try. The only blip being a kick chase fumble to gift them a score, but few cared. The game finished with Maso streaming through the midfield, fending and weaving. And whilst looking to convert his own try realised he may not reach from the 22 so marched himself 10m forward to slot.
What a game and way to finish the season and the U18 adventure! The changing room, equipped with drum (obviously) resembled a cup final win, and the club house was packed with proud parents, coaches past and present, club friends and supporters. Not all from the rest of evening needs committing to paper, (Seb, Jamie, Sam Hunt.....cough cough). School for some would be emotional.
Well done all. Terrific season.
10 league games, 9 wins! (And only 2 losses in all 16 or so games)
The links between U17 and U18 have been stronger than any other and great to see the development of all players and the brand of rugby we play. Thank you!!
Harvey Hendry 3
Tom Maso Morgan
Max Boreham 7
Freddie Lewis 2
Tom Maso Morgan