Berkshire U14s v Hampshire U14s

6th March 2016


This was Hampshire’s first outing and in order to give everyone a run out it was agreed to play 4 x 20 minute periods with no goal kicking.


Things started badly for Hampshire, conceding a try in the first minute. The next 5 minutes was littered with errors from both sides.

After 11 minutes Hampshire created a bit of space on the wing and a powerful run from Josh Wise saw him go over for Hampshire’s first try.

Berkshire had some good strike runners of their own and a combination of good strength and poor tackling saw them take the lead again just 2 minutes later.

Hampshire then settled down and started to play expansive rugby which finally created space for Taikiko Taukei to race down the wing and score 2 minutes from time.


Hampshire changed all 15 players for the second period which again saw a period of settling in resulting in a try for Berkshire after 3 minutes.

Hampshire then started to play well and 5 minutes later a strong run from Toby Reid resulted in another try.

This was followed 2 minutes later by another for Toby. There was no further score in this period but the rugby from both sides was very entertaining.


The 3rd period had the remaining Hampshire players given a go with support from a couple from each of the other 2 teams.

Hampshire had learnt the lesson from the first 2 periods and was ready for Berkshires strong start.

After 4 minutes they created space on the wing and Sammy Smith took advantage of the space to go over for the first try.

Berkshire fought back but solid tackling and great work over the ball stifled their attacks.

After 14 minutes some strong forward play tied in the Berkshire defenders creating a small gap for Oliver Mutch to power over for the 2nd try.


For the last period Hampshire experimented with different combinations.

Again Berkshire started well and scored after 2 minutes.

Hampshire regrouped and 2minutes later a 60 metre run down the wing from Taikiko Taukei evened the score.

Hampshire continued to make changes and with the players fighting for a place in the County side the standard of play was pleasing to watch. 

As Berkshire tired Hampshire’s expansive game paid off and they went over 3 more times with trys for Henry Gwilliam, George Davis and Josh Wise.


The coaches were able to learn a lot from this very pleasing warm up game. 

Berkshire provided strong opposition but Hampshire had the advantage of a larger squad and a more expansive game.


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