H&D RUFC U16's 10's Tournament Report
By Sean Mills
A big thanks to Haverhill, Hadleigh, Felixstowe and Lowestoft & Yarmouth for participating in a great day of grass roots rugby.
The tension was building and with everyone wanting to be in the starting ten Harwich & Dovercourt U16s couldn’t wait for the tournament to start. H&D had 4 tough games ahead of them, facing Haverhill, Hadliegh, Felixstowe and Lowestoft & Gt.Yarmouth . Each 15 minute match was played with ten players a side, without any half time.
Harwich’s first match was against Haverhill. With confidence high Harwich started the match with great intensity and very few mistakes. They went a try up through brilliant play from our forwards to get a turn over and a well-executed backs move. Then Haverhill came back with a mistake from the midfield and a well-executed two on one. So with the scores tied, Harwich tried our best to gain back the win and what a score they had to do it with. It started with a penalty for Harwich, then a couple of strong runs from Jack Huggett and the rest of our forwards we were on their five metre line before they knew it. Harwich were then awarded a penalty and decided to give it to Tyler Beezley and let him run havoc, he did so, scoring the winning try. The Frist match ended 14-7 to Harwich and with no rest before their next game and made a few quick changes and were back out again and ready to play Felixstowe, who they had played previously, beaten them 72-12. But how different this match was, not only was this a 10s tournament, Harwich were met with a well drilled team and a great opposition.
With bags of confidence and without the mere thought that they could lose this match Harwich were trying new moves left, right and centre. But they didn’t all work, but they did have one or two that came off and they did us great things as we won that match on new moves and taking risks, only just winning 14-12.
Hariwch then faced Hadliegh in the third match, who were one of the best teams Harwich have faced this season. Hadleigh were looking well drilled and they were playing as a team without any individuals.
Harwich struggled to get going in this match, with the tournament conditions taking their toll on Harwich, their fitness was being tested and only created very few chances. However Hadleigh took all their chances and more. This made for a win for Hadleigh, with Harwich scoring two tries. Final score 32-12 to Hadleigh.
Harwich Under 16s then faced Lowestoft and Gt.Yarmouth, who were the unbeaten tournament winners. Lowestoft and Gt.Yarmouth showed great form throughout, with a very powerful and highly skilled squad..
Lowestoft and Yarmouth gave Harwich a real test and without the determination to score once Harwich had no luck from that match, with the score ending 70-7.
The tournament was full of young talented players, played in a great spirit. A big thanks must go to Haverhill, Hadliegh, Felixstowe and Lowestoft & Gt.Yarmouth for participating in a great day of grass roots rugby. This tournament now sets Harwich & Dovercourt U16's for their next match this weekend against Braintree.
Report by Tommy Bunker.