Perfect day, perfect result
By Caroline King
After a two minute silence to mark Remembrance Day, the U14's kicked off on a sunny autumnal morning, perfect conditions for some friendly rugby.
Whist some took a while to warm up and get their game heads on, once they did the boys put in an excellent performance. Both attacking and defending were good. Notably, Harvey Bundock and Josh Moss propped with strength and in open play they helped pass the gain line on many occasions. Josh scoring a brace of tries. Adam Abdelkader didn't have many opportunities to hook on or put in, but won everyone we did. Locks, Tansen Uppal and Robbie Morris making 50 yards on one run and showing more urgency to the ruck than we've seen. Robbie played like a back row, always close by in support. Kieran Morris swept the rucks like a tractor on numerous occasions, pushing the opposition off the ball and our flankers Rowen Smith and Liam Slatter continued to pressure the oppositions back line as well as demonstrating some of their best ball handling to date. Louis Groves executed his scrum halving well with dexterous hands and accurate passing, Parrick O'Herlihy getting his first try. Sonny Mears set up and scored numerous tries and kicked conversions, his dummy frequently flummoxing the opposition line. Liam Birchall, after a few side steps away from the opposition saw him disappear at an uncatchable speed to the try line. Trey Samuels continues to get stronger and faster with and acceleration that left the other side just watching as he took off. Strong running from James Oswell, punching through on numerous times. Arther Gill, playing in the centre, was dangerous in attack and defence. Finley Harris claiming the first try of the game. Ronnie Power held the rear guard as full back with some great counter attack.
Not forgetting the great sportsmanship of Louis, Patrick, Finley and Trey for agreeing to play on the Old Brentwood team for some of the time, to make up the numbers.
All in all, a team effort to be proud of. Well done the U14's.