On 9 December, Vectis RFC U13’s travelled to Fawley RFC for the return match at their super full-sized pitch in wonderful Rugby conditions. With the previous match not going at all Vectis’ way, Vectis knew that they had a tough task ahead of them.
Vectis comprised 21 lads and following a joint warm up session,14 aside was agreed with one flanker and four-quarters of 12.5 minutes each.
Vectis started very strongly and had a full four minutes of pressure before they turned over the ball. This gave Vectis the confidence that they needed, and a slick move ended with WHITE scoring the first try to take Vectis into an early lead. Fawley responded and brought it back to 1-1 with their powerful runner doing the damage. This did not faze Vectis who fought back well and a lovely one -two allowed debutant WILLIAMS to power over for Vectis’ second try.
The second quarter was hard fought and Fawley scored twice, once through Fawley’s powerhouse and the other through their big powerful runner to go into a 3-2 lead. Vectis went close on several occasions and only determined Fawley defence kept them out, particularly the powerhouse in the ruck!
The third quarter was end to end with both teams scoring once, Fawley by their big runner for his hat trick and WHITE again slicing through while COLE kept a few Fawley boys busy with his brand of rock, paper, scissors!
This meant Fawley were 4-3 as the fourth quarter started. Vectis threw everything at Fawley with quick ball play, powerful rucking and an absolute determination by Vectis to equal the score. The tension and excitement built as, after a great break in the final minutes of the quarter, WILLIAMS was held up over the line. Vectis were not yet done, and COLE followed up from the 5-metre scrum to sweep over the try line to the delight of the sizeable crowd making the final score 4-4.
The matched showed a promise of good things to come for Vectis with all playing their part to draw against a powerful and sizeable side who had dominated in previous games.
VECTIS RFC U13s:
COLE, DAMP, DOUGLASS, DUBERY, GIEMZA-PIPE, HATCH, JOHNSON, JONES,
LAWAL-RIELEY, MACANN, MUNDELL, NIGHTINGALE,