Rain can't dampen the sprit of Bracknell RFC's juniors
November 26, 2009
The weather was the winner at the London Irish 2009 Land Rover Premiership Cup festival at Redingensians RFC on Sunday, and it was a sensible call from the organisers to end early with the pitches waterlogged and the young players frozen.
Bracknell U12s kicked off their games against Reading Abbey at 9am and put in a superb performance.
Abbey had a few attacks, but Bracknell defended well and scored the only try of the game with a well-worked move finished off by Ali McKinnon in the corner.
Their second match was against Newbury and the forwards tore into their opposite numbers and recycled the ball well.
The backs were keen to run and Bracknell scored three well-deserved tries through Connor Hall and Jack Cooke, while a ‘Lewis Moody’ charge down saw Connor Hayhow also get his name on the score sheet.
Bracknell’s final pool game was against the impressive looking Havant.
By now the weather was turning and despite wet conditions the handling was good, the commitment was excellent and the tackling was aggressive.
However, Bracknell were penalised seven times and it was always going to be an uphill struggle.
Bracknell’s defence leaked their only try of the festival and Havant won the game and the group, leaving Bracknell as runners-up.
With the pool matches out of the way, the conditions became unplayable and the festival was abandoned.
However, all the players were then invited to the London Irish v Newcastle Falcons Guinness Premiership match at Madejski Stadium, so all was not lost.
Bracknell hosted Farnborough in a wet winter friendly on Sunday.
Bracknell opened the scoring early with a try from second row Richard Turner converted brilliantly by fly-half Liam Driver.
Farnborough looked shocked and fought back hard, but Bracknell scored again from outside center Alex Ashridge, with Driver once again converting.
Captain Ewan Robertson then scored two trys to take his squad into half time with a 24-0 lead.
Farnborough found their game after the break and put more pressure on Bracknell, but the Lily Hill lads stood fast and soaked up every attack with great defensive work.
As Farnborough began to tire, Bracknell’s winger Brandon MacDonald took advantage to score, while flanker Daniel Bardon also dived over and the home side won 36-0.
Head coach Paul Robertson commented that the Bracknell squad played well and showed great determination especially in the poor weather.