By James Eggleton
Hampton continued their excellent form from last week with a 15 – 0 win and a closely fought 5 – 5 draw in their triangular tournament. Great ball movement brought them a hatful of tries, and some superb tackling meant that no games were lost.
Game 1: Hampton 15-0 Reigate Grammar School
Hampton started well with a lot of the ball but at first they struggled to get out of their half. The break-through occurred when Hampton full-back James Eggleton won the ball in space, and used his strength, speed and footwork to charge through the Reigate defence.
To double the lead Henry Walmsley again broke through the Reigate line after a great offload to score a second try. The momentum was with Hampton.
Some outstanding link-up play by Harris Westbrook, offloading the ball in the tackle, enabled Eggleton to score a second try; giving Hampton a 15-0 win.
Game 2: St. George’s College 5-5 Hampton
Hampton started well, scoring their first try due to the strength and resilience of Alex Rust, fending off a sequence of tackles. Hampton took an early lead.
The two teams were equally matched throughout the game, with St George’s hunting an equalizing try and Hampton searching to double their lead. It was going to be a tight finale.
St George’s achieved their aim in the dying moments, scoring a try to draw the game and tie the tournament with only 10 seconds to go. But despite the disappointment, this was overall a good result for Hampton to go unbeaten throughout the two games.
Improving every match, Hampton U12C are becoming a very good team.
“That was a very good performance. It was a shame to draw that final game but, all in all, we were very good.”Mr Mobbs-Smith, U12C coach