By James Eggleton
Hampton’s U12C team played with new-found confidence and consistency to win 15-10 over St. George’s and redeem last week’s defeat.
The game started reasonably tamely with St George’s kicking off. Both sides had equal possession with some crunching tackles, including a crucial tackle by Ralph Yao.
It was St George’s who broke the stalemate, opening the scoring half-way through the first half as they intercepted a pass, breaking through the Hampton defensive line.
After half time, Hampton came out roaring; James Eggleton made a charging run down the wing to equal the score after some brilliant passing.
Henry Walmsley then gave Hampton the lead with another great run after a brilliant turnover. Hampton had the momentum.
A few minutes later Alex Rust doubled the lead with another impressive run. Hampton were in control.
However, St George’s came back in the final stages of the game but the threat was seen off with great tackles from the whole team and a clearing kick from Eggleton.
St George’s persevered, and scored a second try, meaning that the try score was 3-2 to Hampton. A nervy ending was in prospect.
Into the last play of the game; St George’s were determined to level the score but thanks to a great turnover by Ben Beesly, the ball was passed to the captain who, wisely, hammered the ball into touch.
An impressive performance from Hampton showed that things are heading in the right direction.
Speaking after the game, the captain said, “We played really well, our passing was really good and our tackling was superb but we can still improve.”
The massive improvement, making a near perfect performance shows that the U12Cs are going to be very competitive team in future games.