2019-2020Academy Match Reports 2018-2019

Colts v Brackley 7th April 2019

Leighton Colts traveled to Brackley for a three counties Barbarian friendly hoping to keep their perfect post Christmas record intact. The early stages belied their recent form with a slow start blighted with sloppy tackling and handling and consequently gifting the young Brackley side an early try.

However, after some soul searching the visitors began to up their game and it was George Pratt who linked well with Max to put the dynamic full back into space which allowed him to score under the posts. Sam Beaumont was strong in the centre and put in some thunderous tackles leading to turnovers and forcing the Brackley side to kick away possession.  But it was Brackley who scored next after some strong forward play to regain their early lead.

Immediately from the restart, Rhys Richards drove forward from the kick off and made 30 metres before offloading sublimely to the supporting Jacob who touched down and equalised the score. The game became scrappy after several injuries and it was the Barbarians who pounced on the errors.Dane Richards collecting the loose ball and passing superbly to the powerful Julian Gallie who seared through the Brackley defence to score the try of the day.

The remainder of the match became a much more one sided affair with the visitors over powering the home side.

Further tries from Edwards, Gallie and Max gave the Barbarians a comfortable, if not beautiful , win of 47 to 21.