Tewkesbury tigers under 12’s hosted a big strong looking Stroud team on a cold but bright, dry Sunday morning.
1st 20 mins.
Tewkesbury lost the toss and Stroud opted to receive the ball from kick off. From the off both teams competed at the break downs well and once won both teams tried to ship the ball out wide. Tewkesbury were the first to break the dead lock whgen they shipped down the line for the winger to dive in low for the first try. Stroud how ever capitalised on a mistake from kick off by Tewkesbury to even the score 5-5. It was now Tewkesbury’s turn to pressure Stroud and with the forwards going over to make it 10-5 to Tewkesbury. Stroud again responded well and managed to go over to even the score again 10-10. Great strong competition by both teams all square at the end of the period.
2nd 20 mins.
Stroud to kick off and once again Tewkesbury failed to catch the ball Stroud took advantage and the lead 15-10. Tewkesbury rallied there troops and with some good inter play pressured Stroud into making a rash pass which a Tewkesbury player read to run in an intercept try 15-15. The game then went backwards and forwards as both teams looked to take the lead, Stroud capitalised on some space out wide as the Tewkesbury players had been sucked into a ruck to take the lead again session ended 20-15 to Stroud.
3rd 20 mins.
Tewkesbury now under pressure turned on the charm and as Strouds big lads started to tier they took advantage and pressured Stroud and ran at them at every chance 1-2-3-4-5 tries to the good with Stroud managing just the one 40-25 at the end.
I’d like to congratulate both sets of forwards with there line out work and scrummaging which was exceptional and very disciplined. Also both sets of backs which showed some great handling and running lines well done to both teams.
Players to mention :-
Mason again with his line out throwing in and hooking.
Harvey aggressive around the field 100% given.
Ben never stopped running and trying .
Brendan always a fret in open play .
William always on hand to finish off moves .