U16s: Tigers 17-5 Belper

Sunday 27th November 2016

A cold but bright morning against a Belper side who put on a good show the last time the teams met. Would it be another close game?

Early pressure from Tupton Tigers camped in the Belper half, cleared with kick and a lucky bounce to a Belper player but well defended by Tupton Tigers. It was tit for tat with both sides rarely getting past each others 22.
Belper were proving much stronger in the scrum, basically out muscling the home side. A kick from Belper to the half way line, caught by Sam, passed to Tom who sprinted 35 yards down the side line to score a great try. 5-0.
Sustained pressure from Belper now, who were getting a large proportion of penalties from the referee, predictable kicks into touch, uncontested line outs and relying on their 2 biggest players to run at Tupton Tigers forward line. Great defending.

Half Time 5-0 

The second half continued in the same vein; Belper strong in the scrum but continually defended well by Tupton Tigers.
An attack from Tigers but lost the ball easily and Belper managed to pass the ball down their back line to score a try. 5-5.

The home side were starting to dominate. Just. A lot of high tackles were coming from the Belper side, the crowd seeing more than the referee, but he saw one. Penalty to Tupton Tigers. Strong run from Ted supported by Saul, they were working well together, passed to Sam and a big home side shove to get him over the line, with conversion. 12-5.

Another 'clothes line', on Jacob - that was like watching WWE. Substitution from Belper before the perpetrator could be carded, surely. No! Lucky lad. 

Penalty 10 yards out, Belper expecting Ted to get the ball. Not this time. Switch to Saul who powered over the line for a well worked try. 17-5.

Tupton Tigers were well up now, the high tackle on Jacob and 2 injury substitutions from Belper seemed to invigorate the home side for the last 10 minutes and exhaust the visitors.
Uncontested scrums now as Belpers prop was off injured with no replacement.
5 yard scrum, uncontested, penalty to Belper - Tupton Tigers not binding! Kicked into touch, nothing from the lineout.

Full time. 17-5.

Another great all round performance with 2 men of the match; Saul and Tom.

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