Team Middlesex Match Reports
Team Middlesex U18s v Surrey
|Date:||1st November 2015|
|Venue:||Old Merchant Taylors|
|Competition:||County Grade Match|
|Result:||Middlesex 13, Surrey 19|
In a high paced game which started in fog and ended in brilliant sunshine at Old Merchant Taylors’ ground Middlesex just missed out on their first win of the season.
In the opening minutes of the first half Middlesex moved the ball quickly to make ground and were rewarded when Surrey were penalised for hands in the ruck and Giorgio Arricale slotted a penalty to give Middlesex the lead. Thereafter though Surrey’s forwards started to dominate both the scrum and line out and only heroic defending kept them out. After a penalty and yellow card for a deliberate knock on Surrey kicked for the corner and then drove the line out for a converted try. Middlesex kept coming back at Surrey with some great tackling and commitment but five minutes before half time after sustained attacks they turned the ball over in Surrey’s 22 and a breakaway try under the posts was the result. Still Middlesex came back and on the stroke of half time Will Taylor the Middlesex fly half glided through the Surrey defence also to score under the posts. After the conversion at half time it was Middlesex 10 points Surrey 14.
The second half saw Middlesex start to dominate possession from the scrum and in the loose with Surrey on the back foot defending their line. But Middlesex could not break their dominance in the line out which meant that possession was turned over at critical moments. There was no let up in Middlesex’s attacking and they were rewarded with a penalty to take them within just one point of their opponents. But again with just five minutes to the whistle Surrey regained possession and quickly moved up field for an unconverted try. Middlesex therefore needed a converted try for victory and they never gave up trying. In the last move of the match the ball was passed quickly through the backs to Josh Steadman who looked destined to score in the corner. But Surrey’s defence stood up and he was tackled into touch on the try line.
In a thoroughly entertaining game played in great spirit Surrey on this occasion came away the victors but both teams played high quality rugby in attack but particularly in defence and were a credit to their Counties, coaches and parents.