Gaffney the last gasp hero as OA U16s edge past Hitchin

PUBLISHED: 09:31 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 06 May 2010

Old Albanian U16s 24 Hitchin 22 THE Old Albanian U16s secured a well earned victory on Sunday at Woollams against league leaders Hitchin. The home team started brightly and dominated play from the whistle with the forwards and backs working well together

Old Albanian U16s 24 Hitchin 22

THE Old Albanian U16s secured a well earned victory on Sunday at Woollams against league leaders Hitchin.

The home team started brightly and dominated play from the whistle with the forwards and backs working well together.

After turnover ball at a ruck Dom Crisp at fly-half got his backs working with a sweetly timed pass inside from Harry Kentish to Nick Robinson, who has recently returned from duty with London & South East, saw Robinson in under the posts. The try was converted to make it 7-0.

The OA boys weathered some sustained pressure from the visitors and counter attacked through an impressive dart by scrum-half Lyle Stewart.

Once again Robinson was at hand to score an impressive try out wide on the left with the extras added to make it 14-0.

Hitchin scored a penalty just before the break to make the score 14-3 at the interval.

The second half was a different story.

The visitors regrouped and came out strongly scoring two converted tries taking advantage of some careless defending.

The OA boys countered scoring a penalty of their own to level the scores at 17-17.

The game was now anyone's for the taking. Hitchin's strong right winger made room for himself chasing a kick ahead and scored an impressive try which went unconverted.

The OA forwards now took control of the game. Inching forward with a succession of drives around the base of the ruck, the ball was spun wide to lock Lewis Gaffney who crashed through the defence to score.

Most importantly the try was converted to give OA a 24-22 win.


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