Jarrovians 12-35 TECH

By JGD - August 28 2016
Jarrovians 12-35 TECH  Following their warm up friendly games against Thirsk (29-29) & Horden 3rds (20-12) TECH got their competitive season underway when they travelled to face Jarrovians in the first round of the Durham County RFU Plate Competition. Although they still have a number of players currently unavailable the visitors were still able to turn out a strong squad for the encounter against a home side who were feeling confident after their own pre-season build up.

DCRFU PLATE COMPETITION 1st ROUND

JARROVIANS 12 – 35 TECH

Following their warm up friendly games against Thirsk (29-29) & Horden 3rds (20-12) TECH got their competitive season underway when they travelled to face Jarrovians in the first round of the Durham County RFU Plate Competition. 

Although they still have a number of players currently unavailable the visitors were still able to turn out a strong squad for the encounter against a home side who were feeling confident after their own pre-season build up.

In very warm conditions the home side kicked off deep into TECH territory but the visitors were quickly into their stride and took play back upfield. After just 11 minutes good possession from the forwards took play into the home 22 before the ball was moved out along the backs to new signing Kevin MAGUIRE. Ignoring the support outside him be backed himself and cut through the cover to cross for the opening score. Antony LAWRENCE, as was to be the case all day confidently converted to give TECH a 0-7 lead.

Shortly after this TECH had to make an early change when Dan POTTER suffered a recurrence of the knee injury he sustained during the pre season friendlies. Hopefully it is not too serious and will quickly respond to some rest and treatment.

Having had a good start TECH pressed on and effectively had the game won by half time as the scored a further three tries all scored by Richard FOSTER. The first came after 17 minutes when more good possession from the pack saw fly half Peter CONSIDINE make good ground before passing to the supporting FOSTER who powered over. The big centre’s second arrived after 25 minutes when more good handling once again created a gap which he happily made use off to go through to score. His hat trick try came just 2 minutes later when once again good work from the pack saw them provide quality ball for the three quarters which ended with another trademark surge through the cover by FOSTER. LAWRENCE added the extras to each try taking the score to 0-28 which is how things remained as the sides reached half time.

The home side started the half determined to try and get back into the contest and after five minutes a missed tackle by hat trick man FOSTER allowed them to break through for their opening try, the resultant conversion attempt was wide of the target.

The game then became quite scrappy as both sides seemed to tire in the warm conditions. During this period Jarrovians had the best spell of possession but TECH defended resolutely and kept their line intact until the 34th minute. A speculative kick ahead from the home side was misjudged by Ben CUMMINGS allowing the chasing player to gather and cross for a converted try.

Stung by this reversal TECH reasserted themselves and after 37 minutes good interplay between forwards and backs saw them win a line out 5 metres from the home line. With the ball won they set up a driving maul which finished with Mick Ingham touching down for another converted try. With the score standing at 12-35 TECH went all out for another score with possibly their best move of the game. The forwards won good possession in their own half before it was switched to the backs. Excellent passing and support saw the ball moved out to the right wing where Jamie KEERS showed excellent pace towards the try line. It seemed he must score but desperate defence from the home side saw him forced into touch just inches short. This was to be the last action of the game as referee Andy GRAY immediately blew for no side.

This was a promising display by TECH especially in the first half. That said there are still plenty of things to work on but with the application they have shown both in training and in the games to date there is reason to look forward positively to the challenges ahead.