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Vikings march on in Cup

On another bright and rain-free day, Gosport & Fareham Under 13s (the Vikings) took on third-seeded Farnborough in the second round of the Hampshire Cup and won 35-5.

The Vikings were all out nice and early (well, apart from the usual suspect...) and had a good hour's practice before the game.

This was to stand them in good stead although at times there was some sideline head-slapping by the coaches as their immaculate training drills failed to survive first contact.

The first half was a closely contested game with both sides running and tackling hard. Vikings were first on the score board with a move that started with George Middleton taking the quick tap and which saw the ball passed down the line to Tom Robertson who scored in the opposite corner.

The next try was also to the Vikings and followed some hard work by the pack securing a ball which was passed to the opposite wing and then back again to allow Ciaran Meachen to set off on one of his gallops and score his first of the game.

Just as the Vikings were beginning to feel comfortable, Farnborough came back hard.

The Vikings pack went off the boil and Farnborough kept running at the defence and testing the Vikings tackling.

Despite some heroic efforts by some, there was a reminder that poor tackling will be punished.

After a sequence of four missed tackles by the Vikings, Farnborough went over for their first try of the game.

For the latter period of the first half Meachen was off injured and this meant that the Vikings had to work hard to defend their lead against a Farnborough side that had sensed that they could draw level and more.

Fortunately, the Viking spirit prevailed and, despite some excellent play by Farnborough, they were held out until the half-time whistle blew at 10-5 to the Vikings.

During the interval time the Vikings received a bit of a talking to by the coaches and the Vikings went out fired up again.

Meachen had returned from injury and put in a trademark run from his own 22 to score the Vikings' third try soon after kick off.

There followed a period of excellent scrummaging by the Vikings, combined with some determined tackling, resulting in a try that was great to watch.

Once again, hard work by the forwards, ball distributed quickly down the line to Robertson who, when tackled, popped the ball to Meachen who then ran and committed the last of the defenders and passed to Finn Shields who ran in for a true teamwork try.

It was about this time that the team spirit of the visitors seemed to evaporate.

It is worth remembering what happens to teams when their morale goes and they start playing as individuals.

They stopped passing the ball and tried to burst through on their own. This was easily dealt with by the Vikings and the result was lost balls and penalties.

In the latter part of the second half Meachen was let loose again for his third.

This was followed by a quick tap and go by Middleton and earned him his first.

Finally, an excellent tackle into touch by Jack Arnold resulted in the ball being handed to the Vikings who got it out to Meachen for his fourth and the last try of the game.

Overall, it was an excellent effort against tough opposition and one which all the Vikings should feel proud of.

Award winners were:
Tackle of the Week - Jack Arnold
Viking of the Week - George Middleton
Player of the Week - Ciaran Meachen.

Game of two halves for Ravens

On a beautiful sunny day the Ravens (Under 15s) travelled to Sandown & Shanklin RFC to play Vectis.

On a very bumpy pitch with very thick grass, the going was soft and difficult to get up to speed.

Both sides started well in a very balanced 10 minutes of play before Ben Wheeler ran in the first try for Ravens, and Aidan Jarvis converted.

Another 10 minutes of balanced play followed where handling errors by Vectis saw them fail to capitalise on possession or the speed of their winger who was closed down well by Aaron Spiteri on the Ravens wing.

Harry Rabjohn kicked to the corner and chased to close down the fullback and win the ball back at the tackle. He then broke three tackles to make the line and again with Jarvis kicking the extra points.

Ravens began to dominate and despite the heavy going the backs ran in two more tries from centre Ethan Hammond and fly half Jarvis. Both went unconverted and the half time score was 24-0 to Gosport & Fareham Ravens.

Ravens scored early in the second half with another try from Jarvis but then the game changed.

The defence of the Ravens fell apart as tackles weren't made. Good kick off and kick chases were wasted by letting the receiver run back rather than make a tackle.

Vectis ran in two good tries and were back in the game.

Euan Archbald was tackling everything in front of him with his usual full on hard hits, Rabjohn now at full back made repeated last man tackles to deny the hosts more scores and Gregor House was tackling well above his height and weight.

Johnnie Lewis crashed over or the short side of the ruck and the conversion was good from Jarvis to bring up his personal tally to 16 points.

The Ravens wasted a couple of overlaps by not making the passes and Vectis never gave up.

With the core defence gone missing for Ravens, and good supporting runs from the Vectis players, the last ditch tackles were overwhelmed and Vectis scored two good end of game tries to win the second half 26-12, but the final score was 36-26 to Ravens.

There was some great attacking play from Ravens but there is a lot of work to be done on individual players committing to make tackles, holding a defensive line and putting away three on one opportunities before next week's league match.

Spiteri's work on the wing was recognised with a man of the match award and Olly Webb, Johnnie Lewis and Ben Gray showed how far their game has come.

Last gasp win for Ravens

Gosport & Fareham RFC Under 15s (the Ravens) welcomed Eastleigh U15s to Gosport Park and with 28 players present for both sides, the Coaches agreed to play three halves to give all players present an opportunity to take to field.

Eastleigh started well and absolutely dominated the first session and quickly racked up four tries and a conversion before Ed Murtagh scored his first try for the Ravens. Eastleigh's big runners shook off tackles and 22 points in a twenty-five minute session was a good score rate.

Ravens strengthened their team and in the second session the game was far more balanced game and Ravens heads were raised by a try from George Smith.

Eastleigh were not out of it and replied with two more tries and a conversion to take the score to 34 - 10 at the end of the second session.

A number of Ravens players had been warming up running some drills and were now put on the field in a significant change of the back line and a strengthening of the forwards back row.

Euan Archibald and Sam Rushent changed the dynamics of the rucks and mauls.

The back line quickly had an impact with tries by centre Tom Ellis and full back Harry Rabjohn (four), with conversions added to give Ravens a 29-point session and steal the game 39 - 34.

It was a good morning's rugby for the many parents along the touchline.

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Saxons finish well and Ravens in eight try spree

On a blustery day, Gosport & Fareham Under 14s (the Saxons) played near neighbours Fareham Heathens for the second time this season with the Saxons winning 50-15.

Due to the unavailability of players from both sides it was agreed by the coaching teams to play two 20 minute halves of 12 a side with six forwards and six backs.

The first half was extremely close with both teams scoring tries and the extreme wind causing a problem for both teams’ kickers, although this was not helped by the fact that the tries were scored wide out making it almost impossible for successful conversions. At half time the Saxons lead 22-15.

In the second half the Saxons forwards began to outmuscle their Heathens counterparts and began to drive them back off their own ball providing good clean ball for the scrum halves.

The Saxons pulled away with backs and forwards scoring tries, with some good support play throughout, encouraging rucking and strong scrummaging backed up by some good handling.

Meanwhile, in a match with uncontested scrums at the request of visitors Wimborne, Gosport & Fareham Under 15s (the Ravens) thrived off the stable platform and comfortably won the match 55-12.

The Ravens took just four minutes to score when for Tom Ellis ran in the first try that Harry Rabjohn converted.

Ravens then set about building a phased attack from their solid defence and tries soon came from Aidan Jarvis, Ben Wheeler and Euan Archbold with only one conversion missed from three by Aidan Jarvis for a half time lead of 26 - 0.

The half time talk and a couple of changes for Wimborne seemed to work as they came out firing from the kick-off and within 10 minutes scored their first try.

Harry Rabjohn steadied the Ravens with a brace of tries and Archbold added his second. Then Tom Archer ran one in from his own half and Jarvis kicked three from four to establish Ravens on 52 – 5 and take his game tally to 15 points.

Wimborne never gave up and deservedly had the last word with a well scored try and excellent conversion to close the game at 52 - 12 with Archbold (pictured below with ballo in hand) the player of the match.

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In the money

The winners of the August Monthly Draw have been named.

They are: £30 S. Bennett, £20 R. Bundy, £15 D. Middleton, £10 T. Pizzey.

Find out more about how you can win cash prizes in the Monthly Draw section of this website or pick up an Application Form from the Clubhouse.


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