U16s still in top form

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Deeside U16s maintained top spot in the Caledonia U16 Champions league with a convincing, though sometimes a little unstructured performance, eventually winning 42-21 against a very physical Kirkcaldy side.

The game kicked off in unseasonably warm and sunny conditions with Deeside applying the early pressure.

A strong attack and quick hands led to James Long receiving the ball to break through the Kirkcaldy line to score in the right corner and a difficult conversion fell just short.

Kirkcaldy were still reeling from the quick opening try when they again lost possession and the ball popped up to full back Liam Hutcheon for a fine try under the posts, converted by fly-half Struan Gordon to give Deeside a reasonably comfortable 12 point lead.

Deeside sat back into the comfort zone and Kirkcaldy immediately took advantage using their big ball carriers to good effect brushing aside some rather ineffective Deeside tackling to score twice in quick succession, both converted, for Kirkcaldy to go ahead 12-14 going in to half time.

Deeside upped their game in the second half with Will Underwood and Angus McCance ensuring excellent possession at the lineout, and Peter Lamont shoring up the scrum, whilst in the backline Conor McWilliam ensured quick distribution and Andrew Hardman playing out on wing did a good job in both defence and attack.

Set piece dominance began to tell and Deeside started to play more ball quickly through the backline hands to put centre James Long into enough space to leave the defence standing for his second try of the match, which he also converted.

The game entered a period where both sides penalised equally for technical offences at the breakdown but Deeside had most territory and James Long who was having an outstanding game slotted two penalties to tighten Deeside’s grip on the game 25-14.

On occasions Deeside were clearly rattled by individuals in the Kirkcaldy side who were clearly not focused on playing rugby.

Deeside responded in the best way possible with three more excellent tries by backs James Long, Liam Hutcheon and Rafe Welsh, to take Deeside’s second half points tally to 30, with Kirkcaldy only managing one final rally to add another seven points in the last moments of the game.

Although the backs scored all the tries in this game, Deeside’s forwards were undoubtedly instrumental in winning it, with relentless work in the loose and their dominance of set piece play.

This win means that Deeside have now beaten all three of the Midlands sides that qualified for the Champions league. Although there are still three more corresponding games to go, and next week’s game away to Stirling County will be a real measure for the team.

Deeside: Liam Hutcheon, Andrew Hardman, Rafe Welsh, James Long, Tswai Mweemba, Struan Gordon, Connor McWilliam, Dan Sutton, Roaul Sutcliffe, Tyler Booth, Elliot Wood, Alex Taylor, Will Underwood, Angus McCance, Alex Fyfe, Adam Thomson, Peter Lamont, Connor Bull.