YOUTH RUGBY: Below-strength Bassett show never-say-die attitude
12:01pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
BASSETT U15s gained a narrow victory in Berkshire despite being shorn of seven players at county trials and three others on the injury list.
Thatcham U15s 26
Royal Wootton Bassett U15s 31
Bassett stayed true to their free-flowing, off-loading game with an exquisite backs move and an outrageous dummy from fly half Ryan Mountford which sent Anderson over for the first try; Mountford added the conversion
Anderson added a second try straight afterwards when forwards and backs combined for the captain to glide over.
Thatcham responded with some strong running of their own to score two tries for a 12-12 half-time scoreline.
Bassett retook the lead early in the second half, centre Kieran Harper crossing and Mountford adding the extras.
In a see-saw game, Thatcham replied with two converted tries to take a 26-19 point lead with just ten minutes remaining.
However, Bassett’s never-say-die attitude and ambitious play continued to excite the crowd and after a period of continual pressure the back row duo of Jack Griffiths and Cian Erry both added tries to help Bassett regain the lead 26-29.
Matching his earlier achievements, the last successful kick from Mountford from way out closed the game out.
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