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Sunday, 15th April 2018

Totts 7 - Andover Colts 17

After a barren spell of several months without recording a win, Basepoint sponsored Andover colts finally got the result they have been craving and recorded a narrow 10 point victory in a friendly fixture v Totts.

The match was keenly contested throughout, with both teams working hard to try and gain the upper hand in the early exchanges.

The wet weather conditions did little to help either side and lots of errors, both unforced and those caused by defensive pressure did little to help the continuity of the match. Luckily for Andover their scrum was totally dominant and this gave them a good platform to build from.

Andover finally broke the deadlock after 20 minutes when Ronan Walker capitalised on an overthrow at the lineout which he gathered at the tail and then romped in from 20m out to open the scoring.

Five minutes later Gabe Williams doubled Andover's lead. A quickly taken tap penalty was fed down the line and Williams used his pace well to finish off the move. Unfortunately both conversions were missed and the half time score remained 10-0.

As expected Totts came out all guns blazing after the break and pushed the 'All Blacks' hard. The pressure finally told and the home side pegged Andover back to 10-7. They looked like the team most likely to score again for a good while and it took Andover a full twenty minutes to extend their lead. Gabe Williams took his personal tally to two tries for the afternoon following a good break which he finished well and Ronan Walker nailed his third conversion attempt of the afternoon.

With the score now at 17-7 Andover managed to hold out well in the final period of the game to see the match out and record their first victory since September.

All in all the match was a very competitive fixture played in a good spirit and was a good advert for Colts rugby in Hampshire. It should also raise the spirits of the Andover players towards the end of what has been a difficult season. Stand in captain for the day Jack Moffat should also now hang up his boots with a 100% win record!


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