U15s win against Trowbridge in D&W Cup Match
A great win by Salisbury’s squad of 15 away to Trowbridge in the third of its Dorset and Wilts Cup Matches
There were no subs due to many regular players having other commitments but those who had taken knocks by the end stuck at it and finished the game.Pressure inside the 22s switched from club to club and it was only heroic tackling by Salisbury that prevented the first score going to Trowbridge. At last after 20 mins Salisbury put pressure close to Trowbridge’s line and after a series of pick and go phases the ball went out to Callum Grant at 10 who ghosted past two players to reach out and score under the posts. 7:0. The opposition hit back with its powerful centres and full back and again bodies on the line was the main tactic to keep them out, with some clever kicking by Max, Callum G and Jacob relieving the pressure. Byron then collected a kick inside the Salisbury half and he went on a jinking, dummying run with one or two outrageous side-steps to score fairly wide out on the left. No conversion by him this time to leave it at 12:0 at half time. Early in the second half, one of Trowbridge’s big fast units broke through the Salisbury line with some devastating hand-offs and ran in a 50m try despite last ditch full throttle efforts by Bertie and Byron to chase him down. He was tackling just short but reached out and scored – a well-deserved try. With the wind behind them, the Salisbury players put the pressure on and after Byron put a well-weighted kick over the defence, Fraser OG, who had been chasing at full speed collected the ball in the clear and was unstoppable for another try under the posts. After the conversion the score was then 19:5. After some great linking play, clean ball from the ruck was provided by the forwards and Byron cut through for a fourth and final try for Salisbury, which he converted to leave the final score at 26:5. The backs worked well together throughout the match and the ball went out wide through the hands several times to stretch the defence, and the forwards were dogged at the breakdown to secure and sometimes to steal the ball. A highlight was Leo tackling one of their biggest players in classic style, who managed to pop it to a support player, Fraser Doig then driving him near to the touch line to force another offload and then Dylan clattering the next carrier into touch. The attack was shut down in no uncertain terms. Callum G was vocal and motivational at 10, controlling the plays, Billy and Will tackled like demons at flanker and well done to Michael who completed his first game for Salisbury and helped to secure the win.