Last Sunday Gosport & Fareham U12s (the Vikings) entertained local rivals Fareham Heathens.

The rain held off but the usual biting winds made for chilling times for the spectators, many of whom made for the clubhouse and a warming cuppa. However, all were back in time to see the game.

The boys' session started with a game of touch rugby before breaking out into a number of different training sessions. They were then invited to show that they had absorbed this training in a friendly game against the Heathens. Always a challenge and this session was no exception.

First score fell to Tom Robertson following a good miss pass allowing him to score in the corner. Heathens put up a good defence in this, the first of 4 quarters, and the quarter ended 1-0 to Gosport. There then followed a flurry of tries from Cieran Meachen and another from Tom. Cieran’s speed was much in evidence, especially on the later occasion when he collected his own kick and raced over the try line. Gosport also put in some sterling defence in this period with Heathens’ closest attempt at a try being held up over the try line.

There were some brave attempts by the fly-half of the moment to try and organise the Gosport backs into defensive or attacking lines but, although the spectators could hear the instructions clearly, and the coaches were shouting instructions much to the same effect, the backs chose not to hear the advice. The predictable result was players overshooting the man with the ball, forcing the forward pass and giving the ball away.

The second 2 quarters continued with Gosport in the ascendency. Both sides made handling errors but Heathens seemed particularly prone to it and many of their attacking phases broke down for this reason. The Gos defence was strong nonetheless, and Harrison took holding the ball up literally when he grabbed the player with the ball and lifted him up, leaving his feet dangling in the air. Just when it looked like Heathens would get one back, Fin Sheilds put in a great cover tackle, saving the try and gaining possession for Gosport. Fittingly, Fin also scored his first try of the season during what was a great performance.

Another brilliant example of defensive rucking came when Bailey Downing, staying on his feet, reached over the tackled man, ripped the ball from his hands and then set off on a thundering run down the touchline, the crowd urging him on. He was stopped short but the ball ended with Josh who went over the line to score. Other tries came from Cieran and Callum during this period.

The Heathens had arrived a bit down in numbers so were given three volunteers in the shape of Ben Coleman, Harry Reed and Rhys Williams. All of whom put in strong performances and without whom the scoreline would have been even higher. Ben managed to get the only try for Heathens, following a deft piece of speed and sleight of hand. The final score was 9-1.

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