Date: Sun 17th Nov 2019
Sunday 17th November – Harlow u14s 5 Brentwood u14s 20: Cup
We hosted Brentwood today for a cup game on a mild November morning. We hadn’t played Brentwood for some time and we were looking to find out how far we have come.
Brentwood have been having a season akin to ours winning all their games so far. Brentwood certainly played like a team well coached, organised and full of talent.
Brentwood were quick to get on the score sheet shifting the ball and using their electric pace to score out wide.
The play was tight for much of the first half with pressure in defence from both sides keeping things at bay. A number of knock on’s or forward passes meaning a lot of scrummaging.
From the pressure Brentwood were able to score from a penalty, with a crash ball then a pick and go. The second try was almost a carbon copy with a number of pick and go’s. All three first half try’s were unconverted taking the half time score to 15-0.
Half time 0 – 15.
At half time the players talked about playing their game and doing what they do well to get control of the game. In the second half that is what they did!
Harlow were much more aggressive in the scrum, breakdown and defence which created opportunities for us. From one such opportunity, Ben Ferrier picked up from the back of the scrum, set up a clean ruck which enabled Jack Rushworth at scrum half and Joseph Pankhurst to unleash the backs. Through the hands of Owen Eynon, Henry Stovell, Tobie Westbrook to Montelle Levy who scored in the corner.
Harlow were more buoyant and the game was very competitive. Both sides pushing each other knowing any mistake would be pounced on.
Towards the end of the half, we tried to carry out of our own half just knocking on, the split ball was picked up by Brentwood and with a few pick and go’s they grounded the ball just over the line.
This was a tough game this week, which both sides raised themselves for, the Brentwood coach came over to praise the development he has seen since the last time we met.
A learning point is that we are improving, the better the opposition the better we play and we have loads more to come, there are still very exciting times to come.
We will be making some nominations for the next round of DPP players shortly. We will be talking to players and parents about this over the next week or so.
Final Score 5 – 20.
In training let’s work on our handling skills and some more on our ruck management.
Special mentions: James Ford all round work rate and effectiveness, Owen Eynon leading the defence, Tobie Westbrook his best game this season.
Harlow Man of the Match: Tolu Ajibabi & Ben Ferrier (Chosen by Brentwood)
Chelmsford Man or the Match: Josh (Chosen by the Harlow players)
Tries: Montelle Levy
Referee: Tony Hills from Harlow
1. Felix Waugh (Sub Max Bien), 2. Archie Goodger, 3. Joseph Williams (Sub Jacob Morgan), 4. Brandon Jackson (Sub Ed Lea), 5. George Snowdon, 6. Jamie Oliver, 7. James Ford, 8. Ben Ferrier, 9. Jack Rushworth, 10. Joseph Pankhurst, 11. Montelle Levy, 12. Owen Eynon, 13. Henry Stovell, 14. Joe Court (Sub Tolu Ajibabi), 15. Tobie Westbrook
All players played half a game or more.