With a Fred Dodd kick off, the match was underway, and a sublime effort in defence from the young London side saw them reclaim possession of the ball right away, allowing Matt Davies to go over the white wash for the first try of the game only one minute in.
It wasn’t to last long, and Hemel hit back right away, when Josh Spearing also barged over the line. The wet weather conditions forced sloppy errors from both sides, and subsequently the intensity of the match took a dip.
Seven minutes later, Harrison Brough crossed for his first try of the game to make to the score 6-10. The young London side were now trailing, however continued to keep the pressure on the more experienced Hemel side. After a great dummy, Matt Davies touched down for his second of the evening. Exceptional defence from London’s Touyo Egodo kept Hemel at bay just before half time.
Now trailing 12-10, Hemel began the second half with great intensity, forcing a Broncos knock on. This lead to Harrison Brough’s second try of the game for the Stags, only 6 minutes in.
Some outstanding defence from London saw them keep the Stags in their own half for a good period of time, despite a great 40/20 from Hemel.
Another long kick from the Stags granted Broncos’ Callum Whitcombe the freedom to attack the their line, and with astonishing pace Whitcombe sliced through their defence, racing at least 60 metres to put the scores level at 16-16.
Once again, great defence from the young Londoners forced the Stags’ winger into touch, causing Hemel’s winger to lose his temper and lash out at young James Meadows. This was not tolerated by the rest of the London side, who rushed in to back their teammate up.
A late try from the Stags’ Dave O’Connor right under the sticks took the score to 16-22, and suggested a likely Hemel win. However, two minutes later and 10 metres out, great strength and determination from Rob Butler saw the Broncos level the score 22-22.
Debuts from Jordan Richardson, Maleek Montgomery, Atu Laqeretabua, Josh Raqio, Max Savage and John Sipawa left the young London side feeling very proud of themselves, and what they had achieved.
Fred Dodd, Gideon Boafo, Tuoyo Egodo, Michaelangelo Buter, Callum Whitecombe, James Meadows, Dan Wellden, Callum Bustin, Matt Davies, Sadiq Adebiyi, Dan Hindmarsh, Jordan Williams, Rhys Joel
Interchange: Mitch Stone, Jordan Richardson, Atu Laqeretabua, Rob Butler
Tries: Davies (1), Davies (22), Whitcombe (59), Butler (72)
Goals: Wellden 3/4
Josh Spearing, Jack Field, Harrison Brough, Scott Ellis, Jon Kirby, Chad Isles, Ben Stead, Adam Booth, Andy Kay, Victor Coker, Kyal Green, BJ Swindells, Luke Paterson
Interchange: Liam O’Callaghan, Chris Hall, Mitch Stephenson, Joe Hales, Michael Levensridge, Reece Rane, Ash Gingell, Tala Petelo, Dave O’Connor
Tries: Kay (6), Brough (13), Brough (46), Isles (70)
Goals: Stead 3/4
Words by: Alfie Laurence