KRFC U13's V Olney
By Stewart Holford
Mud Glorious Mud!
After a couple of cancellations due to the weather it was good to have a match confirmed. Olney promised to bring 30 players which made for an exciting prospect for us. We fielded two mixed teams which meant maximum game time for all & an exciting prospect for a very competitive mornings rugby. It didn't disappoint, here how it played out:
Game 1 Kettering 40 - 5 Olney
1st half: Olney kick off & we secure, ball out to Archie & back into Freddie, multiple had offs & Freddie with the score. Great start from KRFC. Kettering working very hard at the rucks, a bit of forward dominance from us, Alfie calling for the inside ball. Lots of pressure from Kettering, making Olney play in there own half. Forwards picking & going off the Rucks. Cyrus secures & he's in for the try. Olney on the alttack now & good play from them but Kettering winning the ball back again. Oran's made a break with a superb running line from Tom R in support & Oran in for the try. Dan with the ball & considering the conditions his handling is superb, ball out to Charlie & he charges down the pitch to score.
2nd half: Ball out to Charlie & he sprints from his own half, nobody can get near him & he scores, phenomenal pace. Olney not dropping their heads & they form some superb rucks but we win the ball again. Olney secure the ball & get it to one of their forwards & he charges through to score. Charlie makes another break, hard straight running from him & he scores again. Ruck in Olney's half & the Kettering forwards dominate again & turn the ball over. Olney back in our half now. Kettering secure the ball & Tom R sprints the length of the pitch to score. Kettering are not relenting & the forwards are putting in a massive shift. Max leading by example, he is formidable today. End of game 1.
Kettering change pitches & it's a new Olney team
Game 2 Kettering 10 - 10 Olney
Olney kick off, Kettering secure & it's out to Oran who runs in a superb try. Olney pressuring now & they nearly score but poor conditions & they drop the ball. Olney good in the maul & with the rip. Kettering on the attack now & ball out to Charlie who runs in another try. Terrible conditions & the ball is spending more time on the floor than in the hands.
Some tough work by the forwards & the ball goes to a big Olney lad. Charlie throws him to ground & it's a break in play for the injury. Olney re-start & score. Kettering defending on their own line as if their life depends on it, Olney not giving in & they eventually score.
KRFC White try scorers: Freddie 1, Cyrus 1, Oran 2, Charlie 4 & Tom R 1
Match Report By Matthew Hunt
Game 1 - Kettering 0 - 30 Olney
Lots of sustained pressure in the first half with a series of penalties that resulted in Olney's first try. They were very aggressive and well organised at the break down and gave us a real lesson in the art of 'Jackling' and re-cycling - however to the boys credit they never gave up even in the freezing / muddy conditions - At half time we were 3 - nil down. In the second half the pressure continued, however we kept tackling and competing, and we started to use the kicking game a lot better. Again a real credit to the boys for working hard to the final whistle, however they were just too strong at the breakdown on the day.
Game 2: Kettering 15 - 5 Olney
Right from the kick off this game had a different feel. Our team seemed much more aggressive and the forwards really put in a shift helping us to grind our way down to the Olney line where Ben Bowman showed us all where their try line was! Shortly after, probably through cold hands, one of their larger forwards broke through a few tackles and evened things up. 1 - 1 at half time (I think) Early in the second half Ben went over again - much better use of the kicking game, and pressure being put on at the breakdown started to pay back for us....A great run + hand offs from one of our forwards (you know who you are - sorry not good with names!!) and we were starting to dominate. They didn't give up though and kept the pressure up - some really good tackles going in from forwards and backs. In the last few minutes Milo went over with a great 'scrum half' try off the back of a scrum (or possibly a ruck - sorry) to seal it. Great work from both teams in brutal conditions - both teams will have learned a great deal and showed some real metal. Good luck getting warm!!!
KRFC Blues try scorers: Ben 2, Milo 1
A really competitive mornings rugby from both sides. Well done Max for taking the warm up & leading by example on the field, a great captains performance from him. We have a really talented & confidant set of backs players who always entertain & put in some outstanding performances. Phil Rootham has been working with the forwards on a pick go move that has really ignited the forwards confidence and ambition. We could see the difference in their attitude today. It's work in progress but a real step forward.