Sat 13
3rd XV - A XV
Clacton 2
Season Opener against Clacton 2's

Season Opener against Clacton 2's

By Richard Holland
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Well structured game

Colchester A XV opened their season with a well drilled and fast moving team, combining both new and young blooded players well throughout.
The first try came just 3 minutes into the game off a set piece move which ended up with centre Martyn Bloomfield scoring by the posts. during constant pressure in the first 20 minutes of the game 3 more tries came from both forwards and backs. Martin Reeves playing scrum half finished off a great 3 minutes of open play which was stolen by the winger from a Clacton free kick. Clacton caught out the mainly attacking Colchester side, who were slow to react when possession went against them, this resulted in Clacton fly-half scoring a try but not managing to convert.
From the restart Colchester continued to attack and again Martyn Bloomfield went over the line with more than 10 minutes of play remaining in the first half.
Clacton's re-start was gathered buy the flanker and a charge from deep in the 22 wasn't challenged until Colchester had made their way to the opposition 10m, the following series of offloads and quick work at the break-down ended with the Colchester scrum-half adding a further 5 points to the board.
Fly-half Dave Calver had by now got his kicking range and added the 2 points. The first half was finished off with another fluid series of back moves which, with a final forward push shoved front row Ben Bates over the line to score a try.

Well timed substitutions meant Colchester kept up the pressure on the opposition from the start of the second half, even with a yellow card shown to number 7; Patrick for hands in the ruck. Both replacement centres scored a try each and the scrum half added a further 5 points.
Clacton found it a struggle to organise their defence and a lack of seasoned players began to show when Colchester tightened their game even further. A cheeky chip and chase form the fly-half ended up with him following it alone and putting 5 more points on the board.

Clacton seemed relieved when the final whistle to blew, a tough opener became a steep learning curve for their young players. whilst Colchester cannot wait to start their fixture next week.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 13, Sep 2014



Meet time



Eastern Counties Greene King Division Three South