This weekend, the clustered Crimsons/Sevenoaks U18s got another fantastic opportunity to play together, and put out a competent side whilst also giving some game time to a few that are new to the game. Their opponents were Aylesford, a very strong side, particularly in the forwards.
A slow start from The Crimsons saw Aylesford cross the line twice in quick succession, both of which were converted. 14-0.
Thankfully the Crimsons’ heads didn’t go down and the next 20 minutes were a tight affair.
After lots of play back and forth in the midfield, Bolu made a break down the right wing and offloaded to Lara who dotted down in the corner. 14-5
Soon after, The Crimsons captain Lucy had to leave the field after a knock the head, but the team worked really hard and Izzy led the charge with some huge carries in the midfield. But a lack of support meant that Aylesford turned over the ball and once again had possession
After being camped on their try line for a large number off phases, Lara managed to rip the ball and the Crimsons earnt themselves a scrum 5m out. Unfortunately the scrum was lost, and after a fantastic pick from the base, Aylesford’s number 8 charged over to score another. 21-5
The second half seemed to go the majority of the Crimsons though way, with the phases building and some fantastic carries from Natalie. An error from the home side coughed up the ball and Aylesford took their opportunity and scored. 26-5
The Crimsons defensively were putting in a shift with some great tackles from Iona. A long run from Natalie powering through a number of defenders saw the Crimsons just metres out. The ball was moved quickly to Bolu who ran it in to score, although the conversion was unsuccessful. 26-10
The Crimsons seemingly had the upper hand over the next 10 minutes and were looking like they’d finish the game with another score. Unfortunately the game was called 5 minutes before the end due to an injury to a player from Aylesford.
Altogether, a great show of rugby from both sides and the Crimsons battled it out right until the end against a very strong Aylesford side.