Academy Match Reports 2017-18

Academy v Chipping Norton 12th November 2017

Buzzard Colts welcomed Chipping Norton to Wrights Meadow not knowing what to expect.


They soon found out as a well organised Chipping Norton side put pressure on Buzzards from the start. Led by captain Harry Charter, the Buzzards forwards were able to hold the opposition but Chipping Norton soon found gaps in the backs line and soon were up 3 unanswered converted tries.

All 4 U16 players, Hayden, Julian, Max and Harry E were in the scrum, along with JK, Harry C, George B and LJ. The backs, George P, Ollie, Reece, Archie, Harry M, Dane and James B made some good runs but ran into a solid Chipping Norton defense. In a rare venture into the opposition 22, due to a kick and chase led by the forwards the ball quickly went out to Ollie who found the gap to score.

The second half continued with the Buzzards consistently being under pressure in the centre with Chipping Norton then running the ball round the flanks to score. Todd and Jacob, later joined by Sam, came on and raised spirits but Buzzards could not breach the Chipping Norton line. There were many excellent individual phases of play, let down by too many turnovers in the rucks and poor tackling. Final score 7 – 53.

New players are always welcome to join the Academy at their regular Tuesday or Thursday training sessions at Wright’s Meadow, Stanbridge road.