Daventry Under-16s got the new year off to a disappointing start as they went down 33-7 to Lutterworth at Stefen Hill on Sunday.
Following the previous season’s meeting between the sides, Daventry we knew that Lutterworth were going to be tough opposition, especially as they were blowing away some Christmas cobwebs.
The game started tentatively, with both teams struggling to complete many phases of play without making mistakes.
Lutterworth fixed themselves in the Daventry half and began to make good progress with their loose forwards carrying the ball well.
Their forward effort was rewarded with a try following a well directed driving maul from well outside the Daventry 22.
The Daventry response was good and, after some better phases of play, from a well timed pass from Richard Andrews, Fin Wilde broke through the Lutterworth defensive line and weaved his way to the try line with an impressive score.
Joe Green completed the conversion to level the scores.
Through the remainder of the first half, despite often being slower to the breakdown, Daventry remained competitive. However, following further impressive rucking and mauling the Lutterworth forwards were rewarded with a penalty try given by the referee. At half-time, Daventry trailed 14-7.
Unfortunately, the start to the second half was not as planned, and Lutterworth had doubled their lead within two minutes showing good pace out wide to round the Daventry defence. Two further tries followed quickly in which Lutterworth made the most of opportunities they were presented with and showed good pace and strength in avoiding or running through weak Daventry tackling.
During the final quarter, Daventry contested much more strongly, with forwards competing better in rucks and mauls and carrying the ball with more determination.
DAVENTRY men’s first team are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Boys Brigade Old Boys in Midlands Three East South, while Long Buckby are at home in the same division. The host Vipers (ko 2.15pm).