Reeds U16 Forwards “back” themselves against Bracknell 27 Nov 2016
The Reeds U16s took on Berkshire Div 1 side, Bracknell, in a friendly at Whiteley Village on 27 Nov 2016. Reeds fielded a makeshift side with limited numbers of backline players available. However the forwards stepped into some of the backline positions admirably, with Max Hall, Max Minnie, and Lorcan Walters adding some pace and creative thinking to their normal dose of grit and muscle – watch out backline, they looked like they were enjoying it!
Reeds fell behind to an early Bracknell try, but fought back strongly with a mazy Matt Johnstone run and try which left several defenders clutching at empty space. Matt picked himself up to calmly convert, 7-5 to Reeds. Bracknell then fought back in the middle of the game with a hat-trick of tries to their powerful, county number 7.
There was some committed play from the Reeds boys, with Sam Pilgrim showing great tenacity in the tackles against some large opponents. A bang on the hooter sadly ended his game early, but he was looking fine afterwards, with a very Christmassy looking “Rudolf Red Nose”.
From 20-7 down, the Reeds boys then stormed back into the game with some great breakdown work from the forwards. Dan Camp continued his formidable lineout understanding with Quinn “Biggles” Munro, who continues to rule the skies with his peerless lineout jumping.
The backs made use of this supply of ball possession with some powerful, head down running from man of the match, Lorcan, and Max Hall. Max stormed down the left wing for a try in the corner, and then Lorcan performed a rip from the maul to burrow over the tryline (you can’t tame those forward instincts).
Ollie Vargo stroked the conversion sweetly through the posts to bring the score to 20-19 and ramp up the excitement for the last 5 minutes of the game. Sadly, Reeds could not add to the score, in spite of their continued commitment, and Bracknell claimed the narrow win at the final whistle.
It was a good run out for the boys on a cold winter’s day, against a strong opposition. Plenty of positives from the game, including a solid reffing display which is showing that Mark Vargo is putting his NFL days behind him and adjusting to the ru
les of this “Pommie game”.
Can’t wait for the next game, this U16 squad is looking like a very good unit!