Banbury U16s convincingly beat Wallingford
A bright and crisp morning met us at Wallingford RFC, perfect rugby weather
The team were ready to capitalise on previous good performances and wins and were keen to get going.
Despite being understrength the game started positively with good work coming both from the forwards and backs driving the play into the Wallingford half. A well won ball was quickly moved down the line with some slick handling to put Tom Reid over the line for the first try.
Wallingford strengthened their defensive play and made it hard work for the Banbury team and for a long period Wallingford had the slight advantage in territory but couldn’t turn this into points. Banbury were awarded a penalty for offside and a kick to touch gave Banbury a lineout on the Wallingford 5m line and a well worked move resulted in Liam Upstone-Smith being driven over for Banbury’s second try, which was converted by Harvey Machin.
Half time Score 0-12
Some changes at halftime saw Jordan Dewhurst join the team and was involved immediately from the Kick off, catching the ball and drawing the defence to create a gap for Harvey Machin to run from the halfway line for a try under the posts, which he converted. Banbury now took control of the game both in the forwards and backs and despite some strong defence from Wallingford further tries from Liam Upstone-Smith and Harvey Machin saw the score move to 0-31.
A well worked backs move, with good inter-passing and support from back row player George Compton-Alway, saw George go under the posts for another try which was converted by himself. With just a few minutes remaining saw Giano Winkler take the ball at full-back deep into his own half and set off on an individual run beating 3 players before kicking ahead and collecting the ball for a fantastic individual score, converting the try himself as the final whistle sounded giving the win to Banbury 0-45.
A great performance by the whole squad and it would be difficult to pick out outstanding players as everyone played well, but Sam Jakeman, Dante Simmons stepped up well to the days challenge and put in good performances along with James Meacham who stood out for a great game and also, leading from the from the front, George Compton-Alway put in a true captains performance.
Words by Nick Jones