Ampthill U16s continued their 100% start to their HML campaign with a resounding victory against Old Grammarians at Dillingham Park. The boys seemed to thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to play on the Clubs first team pitch with a healthy crowd in attendance.
The early exchanges were dominated by Old Grammarians & only some excellent defence work from Ampthill stopped the visitors taking the lead, Ampthill then opened the scoring with Jody Devine touching down after some excellent work from the Ampthill pack at a maul from a line-out. The score was soon 10-0 with speedy winger Haydn Williams scoring after an excellent kick chase. Tomas Jeans slotted a penalty from inside the 22 to make the score 13-0, by now Ampthill were well in control but seemed to lack some of their usual fluency. The maul continued to be a real strength for Ampthill and lead to Tomas Jeans first try of the day which he duly converted; Ampthill went into the half-time break 20-0.
Head Coach Paul Allen made a few tactical adjustments during the break & made the boys well aware that they need to guard against complacency during the second half.
The second half started in similar fashion to how the first half ended with Ampthill dominating the break down & Old Grammarians continuing to give away penalties. The first try of the second period was from fly-half Tomas Jeans following a well worked backs move, he again converted his own try, Jody Devine made the score 32-0 with some neat footwork left the OG’s defence flat footed. Skipper Archie Barrett scored Ampthill sixth try of the day with a trademark pick & go from a scrum. Try number seven came courtesy of Bayley Richards making a superb run from inside his own half ,Tomas Jeans again converted to push the score up to 44-0. OG’s went over in the corner for their only score of the game, Haydn Williams used his pace to score Ampthill to score his second & Ampthill eighth try of the game with Jeans converting to wrap up the scoring 51-5.
MOTM Tomas Jeans