Old foes Novos brushed aside

Alnwick RUFC U14...38 Novos...0

ALNWICK greeted old adversaries Novocastrians on Sunday, a day when it would have been appropriate to have swimming pool lifeguards manning the touchline.

Novos started the game kicking the ball to Oliver Scott who drove it back into their forwards with such power it took three to down the rampaging Alnwick powerhouse, setting the tone for the game.

Ball was recycled and came out along the line from scrum-half Bruno Smith to fly-half Joe Nicholson then linking in the line second row and Alnwick giant Brad Samson who drove into two Novos playing creating a gap which was seized upon by captain Callum Burn, running at pace collected it from Samson, then handing off the first defensive player and side stepping the full-back to take the ball over the line. Up stepped Joe Cowen to convert the try.

Close to the halfway line, Scott Harvey picked up the ball from the back of a scrum and set off handing off the Novos flanker. It was an ambitious strategy as it was some distance to the Novos line. Harvey’s progress was briefly slowed with the attentions of the Novos full-back and their wingman had closed in.

It was now a pure race to the line but Harvey stormed over the line for the try. Joe Cowan brushed the ball over the bar to covert it.

Following a long defensive kick out of the Novos 22 and demonstrating why he is considered the best U14 full-back in the county, Callum Burn caught the ball at pace and drove straight at the Novos back-line brushing aside the first tackle then accelerating around the second to go over the try-line for his second.

Will Cartwright, playing possibly the last game for the squad before moving south, showed again why this tenacious young man holds the respect of his fellow team-mates and coaches in what was a typical ‘all guns blazing’ performance.

The ball had been taken in the Novos 22 but the Alnwick attack had been halted by a determined Novos pack.

Alnwick managed to recycle the ball, Cartwright picked up and drove for the line, shoulder down and nose virtually scraping off the turf.

Two attempted tackles were bounced off and the Alnwick player went over the try-line. Callum Burn converted.

Soon after Alnwick found themselves in the Novos 22 and in the ensuing attack had knocked the ball forward on for a scrum to Novos.

Alnwick hooker Toby McWilliams won the ball against the head and the scrum held tight. The ball came back to Scott Harvey, who picked up and drove through two defensive players to go over the line. Bruno Smith strolled up to convert.

The courageous Tom Patterson returned from injury to deliver an outstanding game including a powerful charge from just outside the Novos 22 which resulted in a well-deserved appearance on the scoresheet.

The last try of the day typified the solid performance of the whole squad with second row Brad Samson setting off towards the Novos line with the ball from inside the Alnwick half, to offload to the close support of fly-half Joe Nicholson, then to full-back Callum Burn and finally to Scott Harvey who raced over for his third try of the day.

Scorers: Callum Burn, 3T 1C, Will Cartright, 1T, Scott Harvey, 3T, Tom Pattinson, 1T , Joe Cowan, 2C, Bruno Smith, 1C.