Biggleswade U15’s 71-0 Northampton casuals U15’s1st October 2018
Biggleswade under 15s made the trip over to play Northampton Casuals for the first time on Sunday in the EM league. Due to an early season injury crisis with the opposition, the match was reduced to thirteen a side, meaning a reshuffle of the team and likely constant substitutions to give everyone game time.
After a prolonged warm up due to unavailability of pitch space, there was always a concern that the boys would lose focus. These worries were soon dispelled as straight from the kick off Biggleswade won the ball and showing slick hands the ball was shipped out to number eight Ben Yates to rip through the home sides defence to score the opener. Ollie Pike converted between the posts. Straight from the restart an almost carbon copy score doubled the lead as the ball was fed out wide through several sets off hands to speedster winger Jack Weavers to score the second with Ollie again converting.
The home side seemed shellshocked by this early onslaught, but things got worse when a third try was added in similar fashion by Kyle Francis who was set up up by an excellent delayed pass from Luke Howells. With barely six minutes on the clock, Biggleswade had raced into a 21 point lead, but to their credit, the home team regrouped and ventured into the Biggleswade half for the first time. A messy ruck resulted in Kai Collinson being forced off the pitch through injury. Fortunately, he was able to return later in the game to shore up the scrum. A few errors began to creep into Biggleswade`s game, but Biggleswade settled down and began to play some excellent rugby. This was rewarded when a slick passing move saw Ben Yates pass out the back of the hand to Ollie Pike whose angle and pace of running was too much for the home defence to cope with to add a fourth try. The next two scores came courtesy of Lee “The fastest hooker in the west” Petitt who twice broke through the home defence to add to the score.
With the game being played in three x twenty minute periods, Biggleswade had a 42-0 advantage at the interval with Ollie Pike converting all seven tries. Whatever their coach said at the break must have worked for the opposition as they came out all guns blazing in an attempt to get on the scoreboard. Early pressure from Casuals built as they camped on the Biggleswade try line for what seemed an age. Biggleswade fought valiantly to keep a clean sheet, but it seemed only a matter of time before Casuals scored or the referee lost patience with the visitors. Biggleswade kept their heads and several last ditch tackles took the sting out of the opposition, before Biggy were eventually able to turn over the ball and cleared their lines. Failing to take their opportunity seemed to take the wind out of Casuals sails as Biggleswade started to reapply pressure. A long range score from Kyle got the scoreboard moving again, before Ollie added is second to push the score beyond the fifty point barrier. Joey Hall got on the scoreboard with a well worked try, followed by Jamie Taberrer adding a tenth try after some dodgy looking juggling skills over the opposition try line. Up to now, all Biggleswades tries had come through the hands of the backs, but the forwards were to have the last word as Daniel Burton bundled over from close range to finish the scoring, although, I am sure that he will insist that it was at least 25 metres ! With the opposition now struggling with injuries, a decision was made to call the match over after the second “third” of the match with the score Casuals 0 Biggleswade 71. Ollie Pike had an excellent day with the boot, kicking 8 out of 10 conversions.
Some excellent well worked tries were scored by Biggleswade and it was a good all round performance with every member of the travelling squad contributing, but MOM deservedly went to Jake Jefferies who showed some of the more experienced players how to tackle! Credit must go to our determined opponents who never gave up and were excellent hosts.
A good start to Biggleswade`s campaign in the East Midlands league with two very convincing wide margin wins without conceding a try, but still lots to work on as we face likely tougher challenges ahead.