Yatton travel north for 6th & most successful tour
By Simon Foley
Match report from Jason Clarke, photos from Simon Foley
Yatton U15s v Rugby St Andrews RFC U15s – April 27th
Yatton travelled north by bus for their 6th and by far their most successful tour ever. First stop was St Andrews RFC near Rugby, who were magnificent as hosts and as opposition. The rugby from both sides was tremendous but Yatton really struggled to get a pass to a player running onto the ball, and consequently were on the back foot for large periods of the game. That said, their defence was magnificent as time and again St. Andrews were held at bay until 20 minutes into the half when they finally managed to break though and score to take the half 7 - 0.
From the restart Yatton looked to attack. The forwards drove against their hosts, and a number of pick and drive plays saw Connor Kane crash over for a score. A return score off of intelligent play into the space put the hosts back in the lead before tremendous Yatton forward power saw Conor get a second and then cap it off with a conversion. Form here it was all to play for and in truth St Andrews were the better attacking force, but Yatton simply refused to yield and it ended honours even at 12 -12.
Yatton U15s v Kings Norton RFC U15s – April 28th
Sunday morning on tour is always tough, and Yatton took to the field without their captain Jake Dameral, who was injured against St Andrews. That said, Yatton started with real intent as Fin Skuse powered over the line 5 minutes in, Ben Clarke followed 5 minutes later, Josh Moss went over having followed his own pass, and then Ben Dooner made it a clean sweep for the half to put Yatton 20 – 0 up at the break.
The opening 10 minutes of the second half were a disaster for Yatton however. In-fighting, moaning and the loss of any referee’s sympathy required some fairly stern coaching advice. Fortunately, this was followed within minutes, as Yatton had their reward with a second try from Ben Clarke. A few minutes later Adam Foley went over in the corner for a fabulously well-worked team try, with patient phased play involving the whole team. Ben Clarke then added a third from a fantastic ‘show and go’ before the team try of the season. Phased play continuity with players running onto the ball, pick and go, driving forwards by the front five and some lovely hands, saw Aaron Ralfs over in the corner to make it Yatton 40 Kings Norton 17