The French U19 side had just started the curtain raiser, as the Fourths.com ran on to “B” field to take on UCT 4th side. The boys were fired up to turn their season around by grabbing that elusive W, and started the game strongly.
Controlling the majority of the possession; wining all the lineouts and a strong performance in the scrum the forward had the upper hand and controlled the game well in the first half. We struggled to convert the possession into points missing a few opportunities five meters out from the elusive try line. At the same time the defense was holding strong and scrambling well to keep the score at 0-0 at half time.
The second half started with a flying leap; Davie catching the ball from the kick off and headed strongly towards the 22m, this signaled a positive start to the 2nd half for the fourths. Yusri put the first points on the board with a great opportunistic try, picking up the loose ends after some great pressure and defense from the boys. Scoring under the posts with a beautiful dive. This didn’t help much as Spiby nudged the conversion just wide of the posts.
UCT replied back with a try of their own; and managed to convert taking the lead 5-7. This was a warning sign as they showed their attacking potential with quick turn over ball. Spiby managed to find his compass and directed his way to the try line, driving round the side of the ruck like a true number 6, no… 9, sorry 10. Adding the conversion the Fourths took the lead 12-7.
UCT started to get some possession together and stretched the Fourths defense with the backline dropping off apparently two tackles to let them score in the corner for their second try… missed conversion left the score even at 12-12.
With the last movement of the game UCT were awarded a spicy penalty, and given an extra 10m as the ref was given a bit of lip… the UCT lad held his nerve and knocked it over to give UCT a 3 point win.
Final Score: TheFourths.com 12-15 UCT 4ths
DOD: Foxy – dodgy call, thanks Karl.
MOM: Rabbie – with some great work in the lineouts and a crunching yellow card.
The boys were gutted but still held their heads high after a great performance by the team; and have a positive outlook to the rest of the season a head. #FTF