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Berkshire U15 - 12

Hampshire U15 - 14

 

A very spirited and skilful performance in very testing conditions, saw Hampshire U15's, captained by Oliver Frazer from Portsmouth RFC, record a well-deserved WIN against a strong Berkshire side at London Irish's Hazelwood Rugby Centre on St. Patrick's Day.

 

After only one training session on Friday, the CH boy's took a little time to familiarise themselves with each other, but enthusiasm quickly turned to confident efficiency and the CH boy's started to gel. 

 

The Berkshire boys were quick out of the blocks and spun the ball out to both wings early on testing the CH defence, which held strong. After 10 mins a great defensive kick chase from Jack Adams (Gosport & Fareham RFC) saw him snap the ball up from a Berkshire fumble on halfway and race in to Berkshire territory. Very good scramble defence caught up with Adams, but great support from fellow centre William Chambers (Trojans RFC) paid dividends, as a very good offload from Adams in the tackle on the Berkshire 22m put Chambers in to space and he sprinted over to give CH U15's the lead. The Try was converted by Joseph Norfolk (10) from The Burgate School.

 

The Hampshire back row, made up of Sam Williams (6), Jack Bemelmans (7) and Louie Kirkham (8) all of Farnham RFC, really settled in to game after the try and started to dominate the breakdown, strongly supported by the rest of the CH pack.

 

However, quick thinking by the Berkshire 10 at a penalty 40m out saw him retrieve his own chip in to space over the CH team and race over under the posts to level the score after 15mins. The score remained 7-7 at Half-time.

 

Against the elements in the second half, the Hampshire boys grew in confidence and, supported by the players off the bench, kept up the high pace and intensity of the game, dominating the breakdown & providing much possession for the CH backs.  

 

On 50 mins, the fantastic breakdown work resulted in turnover ball for Hampshire 40m out & a switch in play by Ethan Thorne (9 - Havant RFC) & Norfolk (10) quickly released replacement left wing Josh Sines from Havant RFC who showed great strength & pace to get away from the cover and sprint over for CH's second try. Against the wind, and only 10m from the touchline, Norfolk landed, what proved to be, a decisive conversion. 7-14 CH.

 

Berkshire rallied in the last 10mins and the resolute CH defence was finally  breached out wide on the right with the last play of the game. In a difficult wind, the conversion was slightly wide, leaving Hampshire U15's 12-14 victors at the final whistle which followed the kick attempt.

 

Congratulations & Thank You to all the Hampshire U15 players, coaches, physio, CH staff and parents on a great team effort. 

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