Thanet Wanderers U16s vs Aylesford Bulls
The U16s came up against a really tough team in their last Kent pool game vs Aylesford Bulls. Both teams knew that the result could make the difference between qualifying for the quarter-finals or not.
The first five minutes were well contested with most of the play in the middle third of the pitch. Thanet turned over the ball, the opposition scrum-half spotted a gap and sprinted through to score under the posts. This was converted, 0-7. The game continued with both sides playing some good rugby. After 20 minutes Thanet’s forwards put together a great passage of play ending with Harry Clemo forcing his way across the line to score our try. Captain Tom Whelan stepped up and kicked the conversion, 7-7. This seemed to antagonise Aylesford and they scored again within the next 5 minutes. The conversion took the score to 7-14. The score stayed the same till half-time.
6 minutes into the second half and Thanet scored their next try through Finlay White, again converted by Tom Whelan, 14-14. The game continued with more backwards and forwarding, some impressive rucking by Aylesford and some good passing moves from Thanet. Our final try was scored by Louis Peters and again converted by Whelan, 21-14.
The last quarter was a tense affair with both teams playing some excellent rugby. Aylesford scored another try with about 5 minutes to go but failed to convert, 21-19. Both teams fought really hard to the very end of the game and Thanet just managed to hang on for the win.
This was a game played in great spirit and was well disciplined. Both sides should be proud of their performance.
We would like to express our thanks to Peter Ruranski for providing the match report and to Graham Pryce for sending in the excellent photos from the game.