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Sunday, 24th January 2016

U13's reach County Plate Final in style

The Adept Power Solutions sponsored Andover RFC U13's welcomed Gosport and Fareham to  the Goodship Ground for the Hampshire County Plate semi final. Having had a stiff run out against Newbury last weekend, the players were sharper and more match fit than they had been for a while. They started strongly, putting G&F under pressure from the kick off, won the ball back, and moved the ball wide to score in the corner after only a minute or so of play. This was quickly followed up by a second try, after some great work by the pack to outmuscle their opponents and set up the backs again.

The pack began to dominate both the tight and the loose, at one point winning 5 scrums against the head! The front row of Mikey Summerfield, Josh Lundie and Caden Ash, totally outplayed their opponents, and were backed up by the strong running of second rows Ben Compton and Will Ward. Man of the match Bruno Matley, led the pack from no.8, and was everywhere on the pitch from chasing down restarts to winning regular turnover ball.

The backs were enjoying the vast amount of ball being supplied by the forwards, with half backs Seb Norris and Tom Edmunds dictating direction and intensity of play. New centre partnership of Louis Pereira and Jack Mackenzie were causing problems with their direct running and support play. Full back Sam Harding continued to grow into his new position with some fine covering tackles and timely entries into the attack line. The wings of Henry Smith and James Crossley tackled ferociously and probed the G&F defence causing more problems. By half time it was 30-0 to Andover.

Changes made in the second half made little difference to the style and effectiveness of play, with Patrick Thomas, Elliott Byrne, Jamie Meaton, Finn Allison, Ryan Corney and Luke Watson all coming on and picking up where the team in the first half had left off. Andover ran in tries from all over the pitch, both wings and through the middle.

G&F however would not give up and the final score of 55-5 was not as easy as it would suggest, as Andover had to work hard for every ball and every yard of ground. A good test of rugby with which the players came through with flying colours

Andover now play in the Plate final against either Trojans or Basingstoke on March 13th


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