A Win for the Senior Squad at Daventry
Wellingborough took a squad of 30 players over to Daventry for their first pre-season friendly. The squad consisted of a number of old faces, some new ones and one newly arrived back from the Southern Hemisphere. This first game was a chance to try out
Wellingborough started off on the front foot but a series of errors meant that quite a bit of the quarter was spent defending. The strength of the Daventry forwards caused some inroads around the fringes and at rucks, but like Wellingborough any good work seemed to be halted by a handling error or a penalty. Eventually towards the end of the 20 Daventry scored a try after a couple of missed tackles earlier in the move. However, the 1st quarter did show some positive work had been made with defensive patterns, especially in the back line where the Laminator put in some great hits.
Score: Daventry 7v0 Wellingborough
A few changes were made for the second quarter by both teams and Wellingborough seemed to react to the changes much more quickly with Andy Seaton racing down the left wing and dotting down for the first Boro try. Ryan Mackie converted. Daventry came back into the game and tackled strongly, Craig Marshall received his once a match dump tackle, but Daventry’s pressure at ruck time was causing issues for Boro. However, another great bit of attacking play from Boro saw Andy Seaton pick up his second try.
Score: Daventry 7v12 Wellingborough
More changes were made at the end of the quarter by both teams as both teams gave game time to members of their squads. Wellingborough again seemed to adapt quicker and good work in the forwards with some good interplay in the backs did make some inroads, however a series of errors and pressure meant that Daventry camped themselves in the Boro 22. Daventry utilised the lineout well in this quarter using it to carry out a series of penetrative drives resulting in a Boro player being carded for pulling down the maul. The one man advantage told and Daventry scored a well worked try which was followed by a conversion ensuring that they took the lead.
Score: Daventry 14v12 Wellingborough
In the final quarter Wellingborough made a couple of changes and tweaks to the playing line up, however, again Daventry pressurized Boro into some basic errors but the ability of Boro to break free and unleash the back line proved decisive. Some good play from the outside backs put Boro into the Daventry 22 and then some hard running and yards by the forwards opened the narrowest of gaps for Owen Tomalin to squeeze through. Pete Vickers converted. As the quarter progressed the ball seemed to switch between the two teams but further good play by Boro managed to make further inroads into the Daventry defence. Quick ball resulted in Paul Campbell drawing the defence and passing to another Boro player who released Andy Seaton into the corner to score his third try of the game which was then converted.
Final Score: Daventry 14v26 Wellingborough
Andy Seaton 3 tries
Owen Tomalin 1 try
Ryan Mackie 1 Con
Pete Vickers 2 Cons
A good win for Wellingborough in a tough and bruising encounter with a Daventry team that should be pushing towards the top end of their league. The game had a lot of positives especially the young lads that have made the step up from the Colts. However, there are still a lot of things to work on and training over the next couple of weeks is crucial.
Finally a big thank you to Daventry RFC for hosting the game and good luck to them for the season.