Match Report – Esher U15s v Haslemere (home)
Waterfall Cup Final - Sunday 5th December 2021
Esher (0) 7
Tries: Daniel M. Cons: Kai
Haslemere (15) 27
Sometimes things are not to be and so it proved this Sunday. Last minute schedule changes meant an earlier KO for this match and following some frantic negotiations, we managed to secure the 1st XV pitch as a consolation.
Tom had failed to recover from his shin injury and the starting line-up was shuffled to suit. A nasty looking neck injury sustained by Charlie during the warmup meant that the match was moved to a windy back pitch. The starting line-up was shuffled again.
The match kicked off late with both teams initially struggling with their ball handling in the cold wind. Haslemere managed to rectify this quicker than Esher who were unable to get out of their half. The visitors dominated in the rucks and breakdowns seemingly able to turn over the ball at will. All this possession meant they were soon within range to kick a penalty for the opening points.
Esher looked out of sorts and unable to gain any momentum, whilst their rising penalty count allowed Haslemere to kick for lineout territory and they were able to force their way over for the try.
Henry C. injured his thumb during this phase and Esher lost their second No.10 in quick succession.
Haslemere had their tails up now and were able to score another try before half time.
Any thoughts of a comeback evaporated from the kick-off as Haslemere ran in a relatively unopposed try from their own half. Another try followed to make it 27-0 but this appear to galvanise Esher and only some sterling defence by the visitors prevented E's from scoring.
A late surge saw Esher camped on Haslemere's 5-yard line and the celebrations when Jamie dabbed down in the corner were quashed when the ref ruled him to have knocked on. Undaunted, Esher continue to hammer away and Daniel M. capped several fine drives when he twisted and turned and manged to get the ball down amid some fierce defending.
Kai stepped up for the conversion with the ball was quivering on the tee due to the wind. Unfazed, he brilliantly used that wind to curl in the conversion with what was the last kick of the match.
A deserved win for Haslemere and a tough and unfortunate day for the Esher boys.
Charlie and Henry both went to hospital and thankfully their injuries were not as severe as originally feared.
Written by Neil Carter