YOUTH RUGBY: Daventry’s impressive first-half showing sees off S&L

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Daventry Under-15s claimed a superb 25-15 win over Stewarts & Lloyds in a seven-try thriller.

The All Blacks welcomed S&L for their first match since Christmas.

With a number of key players not available and one getting injured before kick-off, this was an excellent opportunity for the Under 15s to demonstrate the strength and depth of their full squad.

After only three minutes, Ben James kicked Daventry into an early lead with a well-taken penalty kick despite the blustery conditions.

Just 12 minutes later, Ollie Simms scored a try after the team had shown great possession and support play by moving the ball up the pitch in a controlled and calculated way.

On the stroke of half time, Ollie then scored his second of the match as he powered home some more excellent controlled team rugby.

At half-time, Daventry were leading 15-0.

Despite playing into the wind, the visitors came back strongly in the second half and scored a try after only five minutes.

This try helped to give the visitors belief and enabled them to take part in a very equal second half contest.

Daventry absorbed increasing pressure from the visitors before they finally managed to get away from their own try line.

With the immediate pressure off, Daventry secured good presence thanks to good teamwork by the pack. With the ball well set,

Daventry moved the ball out wide which was expertly finished off by Joe Pyne. Again, the visitors came back with some strong forwards play and secured another try.

With 15 minutes to play and only 10 points between the team, the visitors unleashed wave after wave of attacks that were heroically defended by the hosts.

Despite the controlled defensive work, Daventry always posed a threat in attack which was demonstrated with two minutes to go as Ben James showed great perseverance by scoring Daventry’s fourth try of the morning.

With seconds left to play, the visitors broke Daventry’s defense to score a consolation try and let the score line reflect the close encounter that this was.

In summary, an excellent game of rugby that was played at a high standard by both teams. With only two substitutes to call on, Daventry showed the importance of having a large squad where every player plays their part over a long season.

They dug deep at times but the final score was a fair reflection on the game.