Academy Match Reports 2018-2019

Colts v Mens own

Buzzard Colts Sam Beaumont, Julian Gallie, George Pratt and Dane Richards joined colts from St Ives and Milton Keynes in a 3 Counties Barbarian side at Northampton Mens Own RFC. In their second competitive match together, the squad soon showed that were not going to be an easy pushover. After conceding an early try, the Barbarians were quickly on the attack. From a 5m scrum, Jack Perkins at No.8 picked up and powered over to score in the corner. Beaumont converted the difficult kick. Northampton struck back, and the sides were evenly matched in the first half until a Mens Own player was yellow carded. The backs led by Beaumont took advantage and Matthew McMahon found a gap in the Men’s Own line to score; converted by Joseph Cox. Innovative, legal play by Gallie at a 22 kick off was unfortunately penalised as “unsporting” by the referee but he continued to be a thorn in the Men’s Own side. Barbarians were winning a lot of turnovers and penalties from the rucks. Line outs worked well, Northampton could not compete, and the scrums were solid.

Mens Own open brightly in the 2nd half but Barbarians fought back. A break through by Cox led to Max Flint outpacing the opposition. Perkins and a Mens Own player were red carded for an offence off the ball leading to a change in the front row. Jack Brown showed his pace to score under the posts and Edward Mortimer also showed what he could do, outflanking the Mens Own to touch down and regaining the lead for Barbarians. Pratt, lent temporarily to Mens Own, then scored a quick try as the Barbarians lost concentration. Stung into action, Barbarians put Men’s Own under pressure and a maul led to Richards scoring in the corner. Barbarians defended well and continued to put Northampton under pressure. Richards made a long run down the flank but was penalized for handling on the ground. Good hands by the backs leading to Flint’s 2nd try, converted by Cox. The Barbarian’s ended as convincing winners 43-24.