On Sunday, the 16s made the long journey down to Folkestone to finally (after two postponements due to weather) take part in the Kent Plate QF.
After a great warm up, and with 8 subs (unheard of, this season!) we kicked off on the First XV pitch which was in lovely condition.
Strong running from usual suspects Leo, Harry and Trevin resulted in Elliot scoring a fantastic team try which Harry duly converted.
Having received the kickoff, Dan then went on a mazy 60-metre run! After good work at the breakdown from those forwards who managed to keep up with him, the boys moved the ball well down the line to John who finished excellently in the corner, beating two defenders on his way.
Immediately after this, came our final try of the half, when Trevin who scored under the posts.
Being 17-0 up after 12 minutes or so was just the start we as coaches had asked for. We then started to ring the changes to the team to give everyone a run and some cracks started to appear.
Folkestone were a physical side. Whilst they didn’t play a particularly attractive brand at rugby, their one-out runners were very effective and began to find holes in our defence. This resulted in tries either side of half-time for them.
Fast forward twenty minutes of pretty dire rugby, and no more than two consecutive phases from us at any point, Folkestone levelled the score to 17-17 all with 10 minutes to play.
We’d lost all momentum in the game thanks to some pretty poor play as well as some questionable refereeing decisions. However, the lads pulled together and defended resolutely.
For the first time in the half, we strung more than 3 phases together and moved the ball into space well. Sustained pressure in the Folkestone 22 allowed Teilo to squeeze over in the corner in the final play of the game.
The lads did their best to give myself and Keith a heart attack leading into the last 5 mins but at the end of the day, good teams win even when playing badly and that’s exactly what we did!
We’ll now face Ashford in the semi-final in two weeks time. All support will be much appreciated!