N&B Ravens earn their wings on Devon tour
PUBLISHED: 11:10 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 25 April 2018
Nailsea & BAckwell Under-12s headed south for their first tour against Bideford and Barnstaple.
Nailsea & Backwell’s Under-12s flew the nest for first time, flying south to warmer skies for matches against Bideford and Barnstaple.
Bideford dominated the early exchanges, with their backline play proving to be unstoppable and the Ravens being denied any meaningful possession.
The balance shifted in the second period after the Ravens found their rhythm. Countering Bideford’s structural discipline and sparkling handling with a granite-like defence, strong ball carrying and dazzling open play, N&B forced their way back into the game.
Crunching tackles, dogged counter rucking, numerous line breaks, ever-present support runners and fine ball handling gave the travelling supporters plenty to cheer about and allowed the players to leave the field of play with their heads held high.
Any concerns that the efforts from the previous day would take its toll were quickly dispelled during the early encounters with Barnstaple.
The visitors completed their tour with a strong performance from the first to the final minute of the game with the Ravens continuing from where they left off in the previous day’s game.
The game was evenly poised throughout, but the Ravens played with confidence and determination not previously seen, and their play soared to uncharted heights.
Yatton Under-14s produced their match of the season, if not the last two seasons against visitors Dudley.
With just 11 players available, Dudley leant Yatton two to make it an even contest. Cammie Waites was again instrumental in driving the team forward, as was key playmaker and captain Jake Damaral.
However, the most striking difference was just how much running every player did and they took the lead with a super try by Connor Kane, Yatton conceded a try for Dudley to go level.
A forwards drive and powerful run led to a second try by Waites which was followed by a tremendous break by Josh Moss, who streaked the length of the pitch to make the half-time result 19-7 to Yatton
The second half was equally competitive. Another try for Waites was followed by a series of forward drives that saw Cam Fogg dive over the line to score his first try for several seasons.
Dudley charged back at Yatton and despite a tremendous covering tackle by Ben Clarke on their massive 19 stone second row, a pop pass saw them claw one back.
Rucks and mauls and tackles galore by both teams ensued, but Yatton had the edge and the last play of the game saw them get it wide for Clarke to score in the corner to make it 38-12 to Yatton.