News from the Under 16s
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Sunday, 25th March 2018
Andover U 16 45 FarnboroughU 16 7
UK web media sponsored Andover U 16 Strode into the final of the Hampshire plate competition with an impressive win over Farnborough last Sunday.
The visitors came with high hopes after a good season of their own but found the young All blacks’ in no mood to give them anything.
Attacking down the hill Farnborough’s huge pack gave Andover some early problems with their direct running, but sound defence from Charlie Lawley, Charlie Rhodes and Finlay Anderson plus some very good scrummaging kept them at bay.
Eventually a defensive error led to a nice try for Farnborough, but that was as good as it got for them as Andover found their rhythm.
With Bryn Waite cleaning out the lineout Andover had plenty of ball and from one such set move CJ Feirn finished superbly to level things up.
Soon after Waite stole another lineout and the impressive Rory Case beat the defence for his first try and Andover were on their way.
Farnborough came back hard but the Andover defence held firm with Jake Meek saving a certain try with a last-ditch tackle.
After the break with the slope in favour Andover sensed blood and from a series of phases from the kick off, the excellent Callum Barber Starkey sent Cameron Stacey over for a fine try.
Soon after Stacey was at it again as some superb interplay again sent him in at the corner, as Andover put daylight between them and Farnborough.
That was Stacey’s last contribution as injury forced him off, but Case took up the mantel with another excellent score after Jake Harwood’s fine counter attack.
Andover were now rampant and next came the try of the game. From a speculative kick by Farnborough, Dean Smith and Waite counter rucked and fed Brendan Poole.
He made yards popped to Meek and Smith who set up a quick ruck where the superb Tommy Lloyd fed Case.
He put that man Barber Starkey in the clear again and Myles Wakeham was on hand to complete a superb end to end try.
Farnborough to their credit responded well and pressured Andover, but the defence, excellently marshalled by skipper Sean Higgins, wouldn’t even give them a consolation and Andover had the last word with a neat second try from Feirn.
Case added four conversions and Max Peck one to complete the scoring in a truly impressive performance from Andover who used the whole squad to great effect.