Chesterfield U16 0 Bourne U16 17
BOURNE U16s qualified for the NLD Shield semi-finals with a comfortable victory at Chesterfield.
Bourne chose to receive the ball at the kick off and instantly drove back upfield, gaining valuable territory.
With a devastating display of attacking rugby, Bourne’s forwards forced their opposition back and the backs break through tackles putting early pressure on their hosts. This led to a seventh minute penalty, which Matty Newman put between the uprights to open Bourne’s account.
Buoyed up by this early lead, Bourne kept up the pressure. From a scrum inside the opposition 22 a well rehearsed scissor move by the backs allowed Jones through to score under the posts. Newman obliged with the conversion.
Such was the pressure by Bourne, that Chesterfield rarely ventured into the Bourne territory and it wasn’t long before the Bourne three quarters exploited the home team’s weaknesses.
Jones was next to score, running through two tackles to carry the ball over the line for Bourne’s second try. Newman again converted to give Bourne a 17 point lead at half time.
In the second half, Chesterfield came back with force and came close to scoring on several occasions but Bourne defended stoutly. When Bourne did regain possession they all too quickly got turned over and started to give away careless penalties. But even though Bourne did not add to their tally, they managed to keep a clean sheet.
This was Bourne’s best performance of the season with outstanding attack play in the first half.
They have won their pool group to qualify for the semi-final on March 13.