Tewkesbury 20 v 0 Upton
In between the dark clouds and blustery showers the sun shone down and with the back drop of Tewkesbury Abbey the scene was set for another bruising encounter with local rivals Upton and the very large crowd of over 80 were not going to be disappointed . Upton started well with some good strong running making good ground but the Tewkesbury defence held firm and soon got to work at the break downs winning good ruck ball. From one such ruck Jo and Tyler drove over winning good ball for Ellis,Sam and Henry to pass the ball down the line where Sean Finnish off the move with a very good try in the corner. Tewkesbury defence was once again put under pressure but good strong tackling from Sam,Jack and Jo drive Upton back towards they own try line leading them to concede a penalty. From the resulting penalty 15 yards out Tewkesbury’s iron man Jo collected the ball and crashed over the try line for Tewkesbury’s second try. Straight from the restart Upton made good ground towards the Tewkesbury try line only to knock the ball on Ellis pounced on the ball passing it to Gorgi and then Sam who weaved his way through half of the Upton team running 40 yards to score Tewkesbury’s third try. In the last five minutes of the first quarter the games tempo increase with both sides tackling and rucking strongly and after one particular ruck Ellis passed the ball out quickly to Sam C who passed it to Bredon to run in the fourth try of the game.
Tewkesbury 10 v 10 Upton
As the rain began and the wind picked up the game got under way. Upton started strongly and good running lead to them scoring the first try. Tewkesbury came back strongly with the ever present Miles and Mason making good ground. Tewkesbury competed well in the rucks with Harry and Harvey winning good ball. From one such ruck Miles picked up the ball and weaved his way over for Tewkesbury’s first try. Upton responded well but good strong tackling from Will,Harry and Dan L kept Upton at bay. But shortly after Upton went over for their second try.
Tewkesbury came straight back with miles and mason making some very good runs. Tewkesbury pressured the Upton try line where Harry won good ball and passed it to Harvey who crashed over from 10 yards out to level the score.
Tewkesbury 10 v 0 Upton
This was another bruising encounter between two evenly matched teams who gave their all.
Both teams tackled hard and ran strongly making for a very exciting game. Tewkesbury who have been working hard on their fitness began to get the upper hand and after winning good ruck ball Ellis passed the ball down the line through Jack, Henry, Sean and Sam who poped the ball off to Bredon to cross the line for Tewkesbury’s first try. Tewkesbury kept up the pressure with Jo making some strong runs supported by Ellis,Tyler and Jack. After some powerful rucking by Tewkesbury Ellis passed the ball to Sam who cut through the heart of the Upton defence only to be tackled just short of the line he poped the ball up to Brendon to round off the scoring . That rounded off two very good games played by two very committed sides,what was very pleasing from a Tewkesbury point of view was their strong defence not conceding a try well done all!
Tewkesbury 0 v 15 Upton
The final match of the day got off to a frantic start with both teams running well with to ball. Upton raced into a two try lead but that seemed to ignite Tewkesbury into action with Harry and Harvey making some very strong runs just falling short of the try line. Some great tackling by Jacop,Dan and Dan L kept Upton at bay. Miles and Mason making darting runs kept Tewkesbury encamped on the Upton line supported by Dillon,Thomas and Harry but good solid defence by Upton prevented a try. In the last minute Upton scored a breaker way try to round off the scoring.
Well played both sides!