Fine Win at Launceston for Under 13s

U13’s Match Report Sunday 13TH December 2009 Launceston V Sidmouth

Launceston – 5 Sidmouth - 41

A kind invitation by Launceston RFC to host Sidmouth U13’s led to a good turn out by both teams. Though the LFRC ground appeared to be under a Hogwarts anti-muggle charm and invisible to many of the Sidmouth parents, especially the Rattue’s who apparently went via St Ives.

The initial minutes saw both teams finding their feet and exploring each other defence. Sid’s drew first blood after a 5 yard lineout and a quick scrum fed the ball to Rabbie Hansford who charged through the Launceston line in the fifth minute. Dan Powell converted. As the game restarted Sid’s found the Launceston Achilles heal kicking deep into their territory then intercepting before the home side could return the ball. Good passing to the wing found Edward Thomas who scored in the eighth minute. Followed by another from Thomas in the fifteenth minute when a long pass from Dominic Bess led to an overlap and eventual try. Launceston failed to capitalise on the multiple penalty’s awarded against Sid, instead the visitors attacked forcing the home side back to their 5 yard line. Excellent forward driving play from James Thomas, Bugsy Hawkins, Hansford, Connor Fry and Lewis Horne gave Bradley Reiff-Arnold the chance to crash through to the line and score before the half time whistle.

As the second half started Sam Turner led a series of tackles and driving plays to give Reiff-Arnold once more the chance to score in the 29th minute. Another long distance kick from Powell led to an interception by Horne to plant the Sid forwards deep in the LRFC half. With Fry going to ground Hawkins picked up the ball for the final push over the line. Powell once more converted. Play slowed down with several more penalty’s against the visitors though Sid picked up the pace once more with excellent passing play down the line to Will Amos who scored a well deserved try in the forty first minute. In the dying minutes LRFC finally pulled a try back after another penalty gave them the chance to score on the wing.

Richard Horne