MATCH REPORT GLOUCESTERSHIRE U20S v BERKSHIRE
GLOUCESTERSHIRE U20S 31- BERKSHIRE 5
After beating Berkshire comprehensively at Cinderford Gloucestershire u20s now proceed to the quarterfinals of the u20s National County Championship, playing Kent away, venue CRANBROOK RFC , KENT.
On a windy day at Dockham Rd the Gloucestershire forwards ruled the day. Gloucestershire scrum was solid and the lineout operated smoothly and this gave Tom Knight (Chosen Hill Former Pupils) making his first start the opportunity to get his backs into the game, and he wasted no opportunity. The first points came from the boot of Robbie Faulkner’s (Drybrook) sweet left boot with two well-stuck penalties. Berkshire got their consolation points courtesy of an intercept try from left wing Ellis Jones. But following more Berkshire infringements after the Gloucestershire forwards had set up another promising drive Tom Knight tapped and went and scored his first try-unconverted.
A penalty by replacement centre Matt Loader (Salisbury) completed the scoring up to half time.
Now playing against the wind Gloucestershire had to run with ball in hand, not that they had exploited the wind in the first half with a kicking game. It was neat handling that put Terrence Babarinsa (Cinderford) in for his try converted by Matt Loader. Loader added another penalty and following a well-worked line break by Tom Webb (Newent) the ever-dynamic Regan Herbert (Stroud) was on his shoulder and scored near the post-converted by Tom Webb.
Overall the forwards were lead admirably by Captain Jerrum Tyler and Drybrooks lock Will greenway and the always alert Regan Herbert stood out. Making his debut scrum half Tom Knight had a terrific game, with tenacious tackling, smooth passing and the quick wits to see opportunities as witnessed by his try.