Hinckley score 80 points against Paviors
A leaner, taller, brooding Hinckley U15s side took to the field following the summer heatwave for their inaugural match of the 2018-19 season, against an unknown Paviors team, write Andy & Bee Duggins.
It turned out to be a case of same score, different season, as this superbly drilled Hinckley side took the visitors apart from the onset with an 81-0 win.
Hinckley’s opening score came within 30 seconds. The ball was shipped out wide to Smith, who showed he hadn’t lost any of his pace over the break by out-stripping his opposite number to touch down in the corner for a 5-0 lead.
Try number two was just as quick after the re-start, strong runs from Underwood and Golding set up Allen who romped under the sticks to increase Hinckley’s lead to 12-0 after converting his own try.
Allen scored his second in almost identical fashion. A sublime offload by Drakeford set Allen on his way for Hinckley’s third try. Another successful Allen conversion took the score to 19-0.
Hinckley has a lineout which incorporates one of the law changes for this season, allowing players to be lifted. One of the training moves was called, the jumpers shuffled position, before Barnes leapt like a salmon to take a superb catch. Wainde quickly shipped the ball out finding Burton who crashed through the midfield but was tackled five metres short, forcing the first scrum of the game.
Hinckley’s forwards packed down against some big Paviors units, winning the scrum brilliantly against the head, showing that size doesn’t (always) matter. Jacques crashed over from 10 metres out taking the score to Hinckley 26-0 Paviors as Allen’s conversion sailed over.
Smith scored his second try shortly after the re-start following another superb Hinckley scrum, increasing the lead to 31-0.
Drakeford picked up a loose ball and darted through for Hinckley’s sixth try of the morning which Allen converted.
Following a break by the opposition firm tackles by Underwood, Toon, Goodwin and Duggins held them back, forcing a penalty five metres out. Hutton took the quick tap and popped the ball to Burton at pace who crashed over for his first score.
Hinckley brought on all their replacements for the second period, including MensforthGrove, making his long-awaited comeback following last season’s shoulder injury.
From the kick off, Jacques who clattered through for Hinckley’s opening try of the second half. Allen’s conversion notched up the half century.
Jacques scored his hat-trick try shortly after the re-start, bulldozing over following a scrum on Paviors’ 22m line. Another excellent Allen conversion increased Hinckley’s lead to 57-0.
A jinking L. Whittingham run and sublime back-door offload to Drakeford took Hinckley back up to Paviors’ line. A solid scrum then set up Moore in midfield who ran a superb line to cruise under the sticks, taking the score to 62-0.
Paviors were awarded a penalty on Hinckley’s 22, opting to go for the kick to get at least three points on the scoreboard. But the kick hit the upright and Hinckley counter-attacked allowing Burton to score a fantastic end to end try. Drakeford slotted the conversion, extending Hinckley’s lead to 69-0, much to the delight of Coach Goodfellow J.
After the re-start, Barnes made good ground with the initial break before Moore sprinted through for his second and Hinckley’s 12th try. Moore converted his own try.
Hinckley had time for a final try in the last play of the shortened second half, Burton crashing over for his hat-trick following excellent breaks by Drakeford and A. Whittingham. The referee decided Paviors had received enough punishment for the morning, blowing his whistle to end the game 13 minutes early, final score Hinckley 81-0 Paviors.
Action for Hinckley RFC’s Under 15s at the weekend. Picture: Lee Buckler