Swans win in U17 Plate semi
A tale of two halfs
Today the Swans U17 team made their next step into the Final.
At a blustery Bestwall both teams looked strong for the kick off and ready for a battle.
First blood went to Swans with a try after a good ruck from the forwards then a pick and go by Barnaby who when tackled flipped it inside to Finn who stretched full length for the touch down. Corsham came back though and their forwards showed true metal driving well and taking on Swans up front. Swans and Corsham shared the possession in the first half although Swans had some good attacking opportunities but either took it too far into contact or did not manage to offload in the tackle. Corsham were only too happy to take advantage and kept pressing the Swans line. In the end Swans pressure in the opposition 22 led to the ball coming wide to Sam Wheeler who just outpaced the opposition to score in the corner giving Steve too tough a challenge to make the kick. 10-0. With subs on the bench the props were swapped to give them a break. Swans were still not best organised in their defense and Corsham made good gains. With so many U16s making mixed in this can only be expected as its takes time to gel. At the Swans 22 Corsham streched the defence wide giving the no 9 a chance to use his speed and throw a dummy to race though the edge of the ruck and over the try line. Corsham then converted 10-7.
Half time - Some strong words at half time from the management and some substitutions to bring some fresh legs.
Swans picked up there defense and it paid dividends in attack giving space for the backs. Subs were on the pitch again after 10 minuites with the coach getting the whole squad involved, props and back row swapped over to bring fresh legs to the game. Harry M looked very sharp at scrum half, helped by a dominant scrum that gave him and the backs room to operate. The line-outs again were very successful with Lewis hitting his man despite the strong wind, giving the options for quick and driven ball. With all of the U16 making an appearance off the bench continuity remained good and despite Corsham not giving in, the game only went one way, there were tries for Miles, Barnaby x 2, Harry M and another for Sam. Steve made a conversion to give a final winning margin of 37-7.
Special mention to all of the boys who stepped up to support the U17 from the U16 team as they did not look out of place but added to the team. A great marker for the team next year and some well earned experience in return.
Harry Spyers (u16)
Harry Morriati (u16)
Miles Ferguson (u16)
Hamish Wilson (u16)
Finn Hill (u16)
Callum Smith (u16)
George King (U16)
Ryan Hull (16)