By Rakesh Chhabra
Club Under 15s were in Ashford on Sunday, their reward for winning their Kent pool, an away quarter final in the Cup (main) competition.
The conditions were never going to suit free running rugby, not helped by our match being the second one on the Ashford pitch that morning.
The first half was played predominantly in the Ashford half with our forwards dominant against a big Ashford pack. Opportunities were created but misplaced passes or spilled ball kept the scoreboard untroubled until after some concerted pressure on the Ashford try line scrum half Lewis Stone burrowed through to score and then convert. 7-0 to Club.
The end of the first half saw the best play of the game as returning full back, Max George, collected the ball in his own half and chased down his own kick to score, allowing Club to go in 12-0 up at half time.
As expected Ashford came out with renewed purpose at the start of the second half and after a Stuart Hogg moment they regrouped to score an unconverted try.
The game then reverted to the pattern of the first half with Club dominant but not fully capitalizing on chances. The smallest man of the pitch, flanker Alfie Stuart, chinked his way past several Ashford defenders, but was stopped just short of the line. Good support work from the forwards allowed Brydon Duncan to score under the posts. Ben Kenny adding the extras.
A further Ashford mistake in their own 22 allowed Max George to steal the ball and score under the posts with Ben Kenny again doing the necessary. 26-5 to Club which is how it ended.
The semi-final is March 15th, with venue and opponents as yet unknown.
Our thanks to the ref for keeping the game flowing and Charlie and his team at Ashford for hosting us.
The boys appreciated the large travelling support of parents and injured players who made their way down to Ashford, including a number of our very special “Prosecco” mums.