Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
Dursley U7 face a tough test at Longlevens
3rd March 2008
Dursley's first game of the day saw a fairly even first half. Longlevens strong support play ensured they ran in two good tries despite the best tagging efforts of Dominic Barton and Oliver Hunt. But hard won tries from Jack Beale and Thomas Swift gave Dursley Dragon's captain Billy Lezard a positive response and honours even at the break. Connor Woodward took over the captaincy for the second half and nice passes from him and Ben Usher set-up an impressive brace for Solo Tomlinson, the second of which was an individual effort from a long jinking run. This wasn't enough though to secure a positive result as some excellent driving runs earned three further tries for Longlevens for an overall 5-4 scoreline.
Next-up were Dursley Lions demonstrating some excellent team rugby. Strong Longleven's tagging was more than countered by accurate Dursley passing to maintain the pressure in Longleven's half. A final try of the half from a driving Tom Pilsbury run, gave Dursley a 4-2 advantage at halftime with tries from Tom Hearn, Alec Lloyd, and Adam Powell reinforcing the team nature of the Dursley play. This seemed to give Longlevens fresh impetus as they piled on the pressure in the second half, but focused tagging from Archie Grant and Lillie Wadey limited their scoring to three. Excellent committed rugby from Daniel Watson saw him earn a hard-fought try, despite taking some very heavy knocks for the second week in a row. Dursley's victory was then secured with a good run from Ethan Goring, one of many, setting up Alec Lloyd for his second try of the game and Dursley's sixth.
A number of team changes for Longlevens gave them fresh legs and they were immediately onto the offensive against Dursley Tigers, capitalising on a couple of early errors in the Dursley ranks to run in two quick tries. This stirred the Dursley team into action and a good passage of play followed with Tristan Cole, Jacob Parsonage and Cody O'Callaghan all having a hand in Harry Wadey's try. This proved to just be a brief respite though as Aaron Tuck's strong tagging couldn't stop a further two Longleven's tries for a 4-1 first half lead. Adam Jones took over the captaincy for the second half and tried hard to make headway against a well organised Longleven's defence, but this was to little avail and Longlevens were able to take two more breakaway tries with quick thinking and running when Dursley attacks broke down. Alfie Galvin was able to pick-up a further try for Dursley following a Hamish Gardner pass, but this was always going to be a consolation, as Longlevens took their final try on the whistle.