Ilkeston RUFC u14s 42
tHE young Elks got their NLD campaign started with a trip to Scunthorpe, in good sunny playing conditions, and came home with a handsome 42-0 win.
Aidan Norris powered over for Ilkeston’s first try, and then, over the next ten minutes, the game settled down, although Ilkeston were guilty of some poor handling, there being seven scrums in the first half for knock-ons.
However they were dominant at the rucks, putting Scunthorpe under real pressure on their own ball.
This pressure eventually told and from another ruck on the Sunthorpe twenty two, Cameron Greenfield ran through to score the second try, converted by Joseph Doughty.
Ilkeston kept up the pressure and stole more ball at the ruck, putting Tom Caines clear to score the third try.
From a penalty quickly taken by scrum half Ben Middleton, Aidan Norris scored again and rounded off the half with a third well-taken try to make it 27-0 at the break.
Ilkeston continued the pressure from the start of the second half, without ever quite gaining the fluency which has been evident in other matches.
Five minutes into the half, Gregor Mcintosh started a move on halfway, and, after a number of phases, received the ball ten metres out. With several tacklers hanging off him, he calmly used his reach to stretch over the line for his second try.
The young Elks were now dominant in all areas and Scunthorpe rarely got out of their own half. The scrum front five and No 8 Rob Boddington secured good ball and Niall O’Connor put in a strong run up the touchline. The ball was recycled once more into Aidan Norris’s hands, who ran in the final 20 metres to score his fourth try.
Ilkeston started to tire in the last ten minutes, but succeeded in holding Scunthorpe at bay. Using captain Dominic Thomson on the crash ball, they maintained the pressure, and, 20 minutes into the half, Ilkeston went through several phases to create space for Tom Caines to score his second try.
The intensity of the match faded over the last five minutes, but Ilkeston were worthy winners with a very dominant display.
Man of the Match was Aidan Norris for an immense performance.