Under14s at Harbury
Harbury 19 – Rugby Lions 29
Following some delays to allow for the Minis Festival, District Trials and giving a few new players time to settle in with the Team, Rugby Lions Under 14s played their first game on the season on Sunday 12th October with their first ever trip to Harbury. The game began in thick fog and on a wet pitch it was Harbury who broke the deadlock with the first try after five minutes. Lions responded by putting Harbury under pressure, recycling the ball a number of times within touching distance of the Harbury try line, with Reece O’Hanlon eventually going over for Lions’ first try of the game, converted by Ethan Walker.
Great work from the Lions pack secured possession of the ball on the half way line for Amadeusz Biziorek to pick up and run 50 metres bushing opposition players aside to score Lions’ second try, which was also converted by Scrum Half Ethan Walker. The Lions forwards continued to work hard to regain or retain possession with the backs moving the ball freely down the line and creating space for their speedy players to exploit. One such move resulted in some space for Wesley Walcott to set off on one of his signature runs resulting in the Lions taking a 19-5 lead into half time.
Harbury came out in the second half determined to turn the game around and scored their second try within a minute of half time. In his first game for the Under 14s Joe Derbisz was unlucky not to get a try following a last ditch tackle from the Harbury defense. So when space opened up in front of him he was not going to be denied a second time, and broke free from one tackle and crossed the line right by the posts for his first and the Lions’ fourth try of the match. Harbury pushed forward and would certainly have scored their third try had it not been for solid defending from the entire Lions Team who were rewarded for their efforts when Hooker Reece O’Hanlon got his hands on the ball with his foot on his own try line and set off on a run that took him the entire length of the pitch to score Lions’ fifth try of the morning. To their credit, Harbury responded and continued to battle hard and were rewarded with a late try. With the final score being 19-29 to Rugby Lions, it was a great start to the season, with some impressive solid work from the pack and some exciting flowing attacks from the back line, all in all a fantastic performance from all the players.