BRUFC Under 13s v Enfield Ignatians 20/10/2019
Inspired by the success of England and Wales in the Quarter Finals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan last weekend, Biggleswade scored 13 tries to nil to continue their winning start to the season.
The team travelled to North London on Sunday to play a developmental but determined Enfield Ignatians side and it was Biggy who started well with quick ruck ball thanks to Logan and Fin using their strength to drive the opposition away. This allowed Ashton, playing at scrum-half for this match, to pass out to Jack who worked a switch move with Dylan to find a gap in the defence and charge through to score the first try of the day.
Logan was next to find space to run but was well tackled by Enfield. From the resulting ruck, Ashton picked up and barged his way over the try line. Biggy were playing well with ball in hand but the defence was just as effective – Josh was first in line with a low, hard tackle more often than not and it was his tackling which caused a turnover for Biggy’s next try. Good support from the forward pack won the ball for Aaron to pick up and power his way to the line - with three defenders hanging off him - like a small, flame-haired version of Manu Tuilagi! Backs and forwards linked up well in the opposition half when another strong run from Aaron started a move, which saw Ashton, and Dylan combining to release Josh into space and score the try.
The Under 13s were playing at such a pace that linesman Mike Lewis could not keep up with play. Luckily he was not needed when Ashton picked up and supplied the pass to Aaron to score his second try of the day.
Biggy showed great teamwork throughout the match, typified by Harry Burke instinctively filling in at scrum half when Ashton was temporarily out of action. Harry also made good ground with the ball and offloaded to his fellow front row Henry B. The Under 13s were enjoying great success with their offloading game as Jack burnt off the defenders for pace and then released the ball in the tackle to Logan to plunge over the line. Logan turned provider for the next try when he burst down the Biggy left, with Henry Elwood making a fantastic supporting run and receiving the pop pass to gleefully dive over the line for his first try for Biggleswade.
Enfield’s kick-off for the last play of the half was well caught by Logan who made good ground before releasing to Jack Hill to continue the move. He cut through the defence despite the coach pleading for him to pass the ball. When he did pass, Henry E did well to hold on and set up a ruck, which Jack benefitted from when he picked up and ran through traffic for the final 5 metres to score. Half-time score 8-0.
The players were left to run their own team talk at half time, which resulted in more of the same dominant play in the second half despite the coaches allowing Enfield an extra player on the pitch. Jack made another incisive run into opposition territory before Logan picked up and battled over for his second try of the game. More good rucking in his own half from Fin Taylor gave clean ball for Ashton, who did not need a second invitation to run with the ball. He swept aside defenders and showed good pace to score a trademark long distance try.
Enfield were making life difficult for the Biggy boys at the breakdown, but when the home team spun out the ball, Donncha showed fantastic awareness to intercept, side-step and score the try.
Biggy’s offload game was particularly impressive and meant that the ‘go-forward’ created by Ashton could be carried on by Donncha who made more ground before passing to Dylan who almost made it to the line. Dylan was not to be denied in the next move where he ripped the ball from a maul (Tomos Williams style) and danced his way through the defence for another Biggleswade try.
Prop Henry Barham visibly grew in confidence during the game, typified by two ‘cricket style’ catches above his head from kick-offs followed by a charge down field.
The last score of the day was to go to player of the match Henry Elwood, who got into a good position to take yet another offload from Logan to score and leave the passionate crowd of parents whooping with delight.
Team: Logan Williams, Harry Burke, Henry Barham, Josh Curson, Fin Taylor, Ashton Rastrick, Dylan Robinson, Henry Elwood, Jack Hill, Aaron Crawley, Donncha Blake.
Try scorers: Logan (2), Josh (1), Ashton (2), Dylan (2), Henry E (2), Jack (1), Aaron (2), Donncha (1).
Player of the Match: Henry Elwood.