News from the Under 16s
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Sunday, 25th February 2018
Andover U 16 36 Petersfield U 16 17
UK web media sponsored Andover U 16 continued their superb recent form with a fantastic six try blast against high flying Petersfield.
The visitors arrived challenging for the Hampshire title with Alton, but left licking their wounds, as the young ‘All Blacks’ held their early charge, before dismantling them with a very disciplined and organised performance.
Andover defended superbly early on with some brilliant tackling from Dean Smith, Myles Wakeham, skipper Sean Higgins and Charlie Lawley.
Petersfield did eventually manage a try, but Andover then began to make inroads. Tommy Lloyd impressed at scrum half and Rory case’s boot got Andover going forwards.
Bryn Waite dominated both team’s lineouts and from one, the excellent CJ Fiern broke three tackles to score a fine try, converted by Case.
Petersfield replied with a penalty, but Andover sensed they had the upper hand and after Higgins went close, a very calm set of phases proved too much and powerful prop Jake Meek crashed over for a lovely try.
Just before the break Andover struck a fatal blow. From a superb handling move the ball found Cameron Stacey and he outsprinted three defenders to score, with Case again converting.
With slope and wind behind them Andover were confident and with Callum Barber Starkey in fine form, they poured forwards but spurned several chances to put themselves out of sight.
Petersfield soon exploited the Andover wastefulness with a break away penalty try to narrow the lead to just two points.
Undaunted Andover attacked again and after another slick move the excellent Stacey provided a very classy finish to give Andover breathing space.
In the final quarter Andover used their bench and the fresh legs told, as Andrew Hodgson set up a chance for Case to score a neat try he converted himself to wrap things up.
Sam Crofts took the man of the match award with a real leader’s performance whilst the whole squad should be very proud of their days work. Many thanks to referee Shaun Flanagan and his touch judges who all did a great job.