Team: JJ Slater, Will McLeod, Jack Scrivens, Archie Thornhill, Elliot Raud, Ollie Hargreaves, Daniel Horn, Harrison Jelley (Capt), Oliver Broom, Rudi Phillips, Jack Wills
Newton Abbot arrived for their U10s first visit to Bravelands due to us not having played them since the days of Sandy Park matches on the rubber crumb. The coaches complimented us on the playing surface and the welcome they received. Which was in no small part due to our fab parents on parking duty!
The day was perfect for running rugby, with the pitch having been rained on thoroughly in the week, and then the sun coming out and drying it up a little just in time for kick off.
Newton had decided to bring their 10 strongest (and biggest) players to play us, which some of our boys were a little intimidated by. But as is the way with this team, this only inspired the boys to put in a big performance.
The first 5-10 minutes of this match were very attentional with both sides being in possession for spells but neither side able to break the deadlock. Newton proved they had some good defensive skiĺls and weren’t to shabby in attack as well. On 10 minutes the Chiefs broke the deadlock with a well worked move which Ollie Hargreaves finished off. Almost immediately from the restart, Newton went the length of the pitch using their big players to batter a whole through the defence to score their first points. The chiefs boys redoubled their efforts and worked some space for Ollie Hargreaves to score the teams second of the match. With almost no time left on the clock the Newton lads and lass struck back with another powerful direct effort. HT 2-2
The second half began as the match did with a period of strong defence from both sides, which was eventually broken by the Chiefs boys but this time with some great approach play and off loading by the whole team culminating with Jack Scrivens getting on the score sheet. The game was then turned on its head as the Chiefs lads went to sleep allowing the Newton lads and lass to outflank them on several occasions as they clustered around the breakdown forgetting to defend in a line. In what seemed like a few seconds the Chiefs lads went from being in front to being behind 4-3. This was the first time the boys had been behind this season, and it was a real testament to their collective characters that they decided to knuckle down and see off the Newton team. First Harrison and Daniel carried the ball well and fed Jack Scrivens to crash over for his second. Then the half finished off with one of our best moves which saw Ollie Hargreaves break out from deep within the Chiefs half to half way into the Newton half where he was cut down by a brilliant Newton covering tackle, only to feed Daniel on a brilliant supporting line, Daniel was hauled down just as he fed Harrison Jelley, who offloaded out of the back door to Jack Scrivens to complete his hat trick!!!
FT 5-4 CHIEFS WIN
This week was a much sterner test of the boys progress and development, and they came through it with flying colours! Still plenty to work on but a good effort all around and great determination to come from behind twice to win both matches.
Oppositions man of the match: Ollie Hargreaves
Parents man of the match: Jack Scrivens
Coaches man of the match: Rudi Phillips