All Blacks miss out in junior vase first round

DAVENTRY All Blacks travelled to Birmingham on Saturday to play Old Edwardians in an RFU Junior Vase first round game.

From the outset Edwardians showed their strength when their strong pack of forwards dominated a somewhat under-strength Daventry team.

Daventry with regulars away through injury and unavailability, conceded 17pts in as many minutes until, gradually, dogged resistance and committed tackling stemmed the points flow.

But Edwardians scored one further try to give them a 24–0 half-time lead.

Daventry began the second-half with a steely resolve with only four minutes of play gone.

From a line-out the ball was won and a good driving maul resulted in the competitive and impressive Lee Creswell breaking through the Edwardians’ defence to score a good well-worked try converted by fly-half Nick Smith.

Edwardians responded with a try from a defensive error and kick up field to get the touchdown, against the general run of play.

Daventry reasserted their pressure resulting in a try from the in-form Jason Mills scoring his fourth try in three games.

Full-back turned centre Connor Robson narrowed the Edwardians’ lead with a well-taken try scored under the posts for Nick Smith to convert and confirm Daventry’s dominance of the second-half.

On the stroke of time with Daventry reduced to 13 men, Edwardians scored their second try of the half giving them a victory into the next round.

With Daventry winning the second half by 18 pts to 13 pts with defensive tackling and commitment bringing their just reward, it was a case of what might have been which would have sent Daventry into the next round rather than Old Edwardians.

Man of the match was Doug Elliot, never missing a tackle and stifling many of Edwardians attacking moves.

Next Daventry return to league action and take on Men’s Own away.