Team Middlesex Match Reports
Team Middlesex U20s V Essex
|Date:||13th March 2016|
|Result:||Middlesex 12 – Essex 32|
Middlesex went down today 12 – 32 in a fiercely contested match at Staines RFC. The home side dominated possession in the first half but were overwhelmed in the second by a very strong Essex side.
On a beautiful Spring afternoon, Essex kicked off and Middlesex retained possession until the sixth minute when the ball went loose, Essex regained and scored a break away try under the posts.
Middlesex regained the ball from the kick off and after some good interplay between forwards and backs, were rewarded with a penalty 5 metres out when Essex crept offside. Fly half Connor Davis took a quick tap and dived over for the try which was converted by inside centre and Captain for the day, Alex Ward.
Middlesex then dominated possession and the scrums, taking a couple against the head but with no addition to their score. Essex cleared their lines well and a Middlesex lineout on their own 5 metre line was caught by the Essex No. 8 who dropped over the line for a try. The conversion was missed.
A few minutes later, the same No.8 broke through the Middlesex defensive line, shrugged off a couple of tackles and scored in the corner. The conversion was missed.
Middlesex continued to play their expansive game and, with the forwards still dominating the scrum were rewarded with a push over try which Dominic Rice, the No. 8, touched down. The conversion was missed.
With the half coming to a close, the Essex No. 8 again broke loose and scored. The conversion was missed. Half Time: Middlesex 12 – Essex 22.
The second half was a tighter affair with both sides using all of their replacements and Essex were able to score two further unconverted tries, leaving as victors with the final score of Middlesex 12 – Essex 32