Nailsea and Backwell RFC Under 18s 29 – 12 Hornets Under 18s

 

Sunday 9th January 2022 – 2pm - Nailsea play with maturity and control to close out tough game

 

Following a heavily disrupted close to 2021, Nailsea were able to put out a strong squad to face Hornets in what is traditionally a tough match. Hornets did not disappoint and despite a fast start from Nailsea, Hornets were able to turn over the ball near the Nailsea 22m, spin it the width of the pitch for their winger to run in from distance. This had all the hallmarks of a difficult afternoon ahead for the young Ravens.

 

Not only was the Hornets handling strong and pace out wide difficult to deal with, Nailsea also struggled to utilise their own set piece ball, with a number of scrums and line outs not going to plan.

 

But as the game wore on, Nailsea began to exert ever greater control, with Sam Chidzey making excellent decisions from Fly Half and the powerful centre partnership of Harry Tiernan and Adam Penny proving a real handful in both defence and attack.

 

Sustained Nailsea pressure eventually provided an opportunity for Chidzey to put in a sublime cross field kick which was well gathered by Ben Atherton on the wing who showed excellent footwork and pace to skip around two defenders to dot down in the corner to make it 5-5.

 

With the Hornets Full Back often flat in the line, Nailsea continued to make great use of the kicking game to gain territory and get in behind a strong Hornets defence. Openside Flanker Harvey Davis – a dynamo causing all sorts of problems at the Hornets breakdown – latched onto such a kick to make the score 10-5.

 

Nailsea began to take control of the game. The set piece was functioning better and improved ball retention meant Nailsea could manufacture more attacking opportunities. After a just such an assault on the Hornets line the returning Adam Penny was able to bulldoze his way over to take the score to 15-5 as the half came to a close.

 

Hornets came out strongly in the second half and scored a converted try quickly to edge closer to Nailsea, 15-12.

 

But from that point on Nailsea controlled the game in every facet and played a very physical side with great composure to manage the game out. Tries from replacement Hooker Dan Hill and Scrum Half and Captain Connor Mobbs were both converted by Full Back James Warren to complete an assured display from the entire squad, 27-12.

 

Excellent and vocal support from the side-line was greatly appreciated by the players and made for an excellent atmosphere.

 

The Under 18s will take great confidence from this game as they go into preparation for their next match against an always dynamic Old Bristolians side the following week.

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