By Tom Oliver
Hampton’s U14B rugby team suffered a heavy defeat 5-33 at the hands of a strong Trinity School outfit, with plenty of lessons to absorb for the future.
Hampton started the game the stronger of the two teams, and flanker Connor Croudace crossed the line early on to give the hosts a five point lead.
However, Trinity’s right wing used his speed to outpace the Hampton defence around the outside and run in before the visitors added the extra two points.
Trinity’s left wing repeated the feat of his right-sided counterpart, and another two points were added by the visiting fly-half to leave Hampton trailing 14-5.
Trinity extended their lead as the right wing scored his second of the game. This was followed by another try as Trinity stole the ball from a Hampton side going forward in the knowledge that they had lost the match, and converted a cross field kick attempt to confirm their win.
Hampton will go into next week looking forward to a rest, and with no fixture on Saturday, can reflect on this week’s defeat and come back refreshed and ready for their next fixture.
Despite only one win this season, the team can reflect with confidence on a game where they exhibited positive aspects of their game, although other features could benefit from some improvement heading into their fixture with Brighton College in two weeks’ time.
The break will provide the opportunity to improve and rest, and Hampton will be confident they can come back stronger in two weeks’ time.