A game of two halves
By Alison Holloway
Stour 48 - DK 12
Stourbridge under-14s had an extra incentive for their North Mids Cup tie on November 11 as local rivals DK were the opposition. The morning at Stourton Park began with a two minute silence to mark Armistice Day which was perfectly observed by everyone.
The cup tie, played on the AGP pitch, began with both teams sizing each other up but before long the visitors were on the front foot, dominating territory and possession. Not for the first time Stour started a game slowly, sluggish with their passing, second best in the ruck and conceding unnecessary penalties.
Only some solid tackling kept DK out with most of the play inside the Stour 22. However, the visitors were wounded by two quick breaks that brought tries and one conversion to give Stour the lead against the run of play. DK pressure continued and a try, followed by a penalty try on the stroke of half time made the score 12-12 at the break.
During the break the Stour boys were challenged by the coaches to show how much more they wanted to win by delivering a stronger second half performance. Straight from the restart Stour looked like a different team, they moved the ball wide with greater speed and accuracy to take DK’s big forwards out of the game while denying their opponents the turnover ball which was a feature of the first period.
The points started to flow as Stour’s forwards put the pressure on the DK goal line while the blue and white’s speedy backs carved though the visitor’s defence. Stour added 36 unanswered points in the second half to record a resounding 48-12 win which looked unlikely on the first half showing.