U16's (Year 11) - Match centre

Deepings & Stamford
Kesteven
Sun 5 Oct 09:50 - Friendly Full time

Deeping and Stamford U16s 43 Kesteven U16s 14

Deeping and Stamford U16s 43 Kesteven U16s 14


Tries: Orlowskyj C, Tyler C, Burgess, Brown 3
Conversions: Burgess 5
Penalties: Burgess
Jordan Brown scored a hat-trick of tries and Harry Burgess scored 18 points as Deeping and Stamford recorded their first win of the season. All of the tries came from the D+S backs which reflects a good forward battle with the visitors putting the home set scrum under a lot of pressure but wide of the pack D+S held a distinct edge which they put to good use especially in the first half.
The first 10 mins were quite evenly matched before Harry Burgess tracking back in defence intercepted a pass as Kesteven tried to work something in the backs. Making a few metres, he then fed the right wing Connor Orlowskyj, who rounded his opposite number and outpaced the covering defence to score under the posts, allowing Burgess an easy conversion.
Both sides were getting turned over too easily in contact with D+S the greater offenders. However they managed create a period of pressure in the Kesteven 22 and Charlie Tyler cut through in the centres to score again under the posts. Burgess again slotted the conversion before also accepting a penalty chance as Kesteven came in at the side of a ruck.
By this stage the Kesteven set scrum was on top of their opponents but the D+S 8 were making more ground in loose play with Ben Ripon, Connor Barnes and Darren Weston all putting in several good runs. The link between hooker Marcus Baxter and flanker George McLean was working well in the line out and D+S had the upper hand on territory. Despite a scrum going backwards, Charles Whaley managed to get the ball away from the base smoothly enough to allow a perfectly executed move from the backs to cut Burgess clear down the middle to score.
The final score before half time was provided by Jordan Brown, the full back, who, collecting a clearance kick near the halfway line, backed himself to outflank the defensive line coming up. He achieved this and was again able to get under the posts to make an easy kick and a halftime score of 31-0 in favour of the home team.
Playing against the slope in the second half, D+S were able to look after the ball better though with their opponents doing likewise the game tightened up with more play between the 22s though most of the pressure and threat was still coming from the combined team who scored first in the second half; Brown again accepting the chance to run a clearance kick back with interest and get in at the corner though on this occasion the conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Kesteven were still challenging with able assistance from the 3 players leant them by the hosts to ensure a full game. Jamie Morton in particular put in an excellent game at scrum half having a good battle with Whaley and a number of thumping tackles in defence. This defiance earned its reward when their back line created an overlap in broken play and a try duly scored and converted. Stung D+S took the play up to the Kesteven end and after several rucks and scrum near the line, Brown took a short ball off the back of a ruck to complete his hat-trick. This still did not subdue the visitors who deservedly took the last score of the match. From the last play of the game, although D+S stole a Kesteven lineout ball they again lost possession in contact, the Kesteven 15 ripping the ball out of a maul and finding his way clear to the line.
Despite Brown’s hat-trick and Burgess’s haul of points, Weston was awarded man of the match for his performance in the second row in only his second game for the team although several others were also under consideration. Morton was awarded the Kesteven man of the match honour for his generous display on their behalf.

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