Academy Match Reports 2017-18

Senior Academy v MK 10th September 2017

Buzzard Colts started the season with a convincing win against Milton Keynes RUFC, winning 0 – 38.

An excellent academy team effort overall, led by inspiring captain Jacob Murtagh, they defended well under pressure from a heavier opposition pack and attacked in force with very good support on the breakaways. New signing John Fudge opened the scoring and was to be influential throughout the game. Murtagh drove over for the 2nd try. A kick and chase led to the 3rd try, with great footwork and offoad by Archie Wheeler to Harry Charter in close support. A further kick over the top of the MK line was chased down ferociously leading to Louis Beer touching down.

In the 2nd half, early tries by Charter and Beer sealed the match but Buzzards still had to defend tenaciously, with key tackles by Reece Payne, Jonathan Quail and Sam Beaumount, as MK attacked in successive phases, keen to be on the scoreboard. There was good tactical kicking by James Brett (3 conversions), Beer (1) and Ollie Gronert in blustery conditions. U16s Julian Gallie and Harry Eacott acquitted themselves well playing at the higher age level (against U18s) for the first time.