The combined squad of Biggleswade U17 and U18 Colts were again involved in a highly competitive game on yet another extremely windy Saturday afternoon - beating St Neots 18-5.
With just 15 players to call on the lads combined extremely well, even with a forward on the wing!
Biggleswade were up for it from the outset, playing ‘against the breeze’, the forwards worked their way into the St Neots 22 and a darting run from outside centre Robin Johansson saw him burst over the line midway between the posts and the left touchline.
The score remained at 5-0 in the first period, but early in the second, some strong running down their right and despite some stout defending by Biggy, St Neots managed to score an unconverted try of their own.
Biggy had the vast majority of the play from there-on in, with the visitors continually infringing, just two of the opportunities were kickable, which Matt duly slotted between the posts.
One weapon that really worked for Biggy throughout was the driving maul, with 15 metres plus gained every time it was used. In the final 15 minutes the visitors were twice reduced to 14 players after bringing it down. The referee was unsighted when Biggy did get over the line, and Jacob dragged his opposite winger over the dead ball line as everybody else was wrestling him towards touch. The resulting scrum had Biggy develop an overlap out left and Callum C scored with ease, which Matt converted.
Each of the lads played their part in what was an impressive team performance, captain Oli, second rowers Tom and Liam carried the ball strongly and crashed into tackles all afternoon, always being available for a pass.
Bod and Brook were typically aggressive at every opportunity, whilst Ross was very accurate with his throw-ins and getting the ball back at scrum time. Oli T was tested frequently under the high ball, collecting it well in the conditions, running back strongly at the advancing Saints players. Whilst Kashane didn’t get many opportunities to run with the ball, but by heck he put in a lot of tackles!
Dom and Connor were very effective in the back row, whilst Jacob as flanker and Harry A on the right wing were useful ball carriers, even once they had swapped positions at half-time.
Matt Morallee had been a feisty, niggly little so-and-so, frustrating the entire opposition, but being nice and calm when required to slot three of his four kicks nicely between the posts despite the conditions – the scrum half had a cracking game.
Coach Stav would’ve liked to have seen a little more clear thinking when opportunities arose, ‘decision making boys, think about it’, but in the main, particularly bearing in mind the conditions, the lads played extremely well.
The handling in the back line was much more precise than in many of the previous games, allowing Biggy the opportunity to create a number of opportunities. St Neots were a very committed squad of 18, very competitive at the breakdown, which caused Biggy to up their own game in that respect.
An 18-5 win was well deserved!
Biggleswade: Oli Field, Robin Johansson, Jacob Martin, Liam Panton, Harry Adams, Tom Allwright, Callum Cochrane, Brook Collett, Kashane Davies, Ross McKenzie, Matt Morrallee, Michael O’Driscoll, Dominic Smith, Ollie Trudgill, Connor Wilson.