U13s blow Anselmians away with 13-2 victory
By Pete Leydon
U13s Old Anselmians 2-13 U13s Crewe & Nantwich
Crewe & Nantwich Under 13s produced a stunning away display to brush aside Old Anselmians 13-2 on a sunny morning on the Wirral.
Inspired by 7-try captain Zak, Crewe combined a strong defensive display with a free-flowing varied attack which eventually broke their opponents’ resistance.
With Crewe playing uphill in the first half, they adapted well and took the game to their hosts from the first whistle.
The visitors worked the ball well with some thrusting runs through the middle by Harvey, Alex, Matthew and Tom. Nathan quickly released the ball to Joseph as Crewe spread the play.
It came to Zak who broke through an Anselmians' tackle to race in from 20 metres and score for 1-0.
Soon after it was 2-0 when more excellent team play saw Crewe press forward thanks to smart tap and go movements.
Eddie made ground on the right and when the hosts gave away a penalty, Niall passed to Tom who used his power and size to bulldoze through the defence and touch down.
Anselmians, to their credit, hit straight back down their right flank and took advantage of a couple of missed tackles by Crewe to score in the corner.
Crewe coaches rung the changes, and fresh legs added extra impetus to the visitors. The smaller players rucked well, and time and again they helped set play up for the backs.
Soon after, quick passing by Dan and Harry allowed Kyle to burst free and show a turn of pace to score in the right corner for 3-1.
Anselmians came back again, and this time took advantage of sloppy play in possession. Crewe had secured turnover ball in their own 22, but then gave it away again, allowing a second home score for 3-2 from a few yards out.
With half-time approaching, Zak crowned an excellent team try as Crewe switched play on both flanks.
Isaac skipped a challenge before being tackled, Aidan and Jay set the ruck and Oscar was quick as scrum half to release another attack.
This time, Ed powered through for several yards carrying several opponents with him, and the ball made its away along to Zak who had a clear run in for 4-2.
After the break, Crewe took advantage of playing with the slope and produced some ruthless finishing.
Two quick-fire line-breaking tries by Zak and Kyle broke the Anselmians’ resistance, and a few minutes later Zak had scored another brace of touch downs to make it 8-2, each one similar as a tiring defence could not stop his brutal power surges.
Nathan almost crowned a fine performance with the ninth try but was held up just short. From the resulting ruck, the excellent Harvey released Zak who dove over from a few yards for 9-2.
Great counter-rucking from Crewe resulted in a second try for the ever-eager Kyle, and soon it was 11-2 when Cai showed a real burst of pace and desire.
He set Isaac away on the right, who was tackled. From the ruck, Nathan fed Luis who switched to Zak who ran clear down the left for 11-2.
Despite running away with the lead, Crewe did not let up and even with regular changes, every 13-man side on the pitch worked together as a unit to set up more scoring opportunities.
Nathan was sharp to tap and go from a penalty. His 40-yard surge was followed by Harry R and Alex, the ball was back to Zak who broke a tackle, fed Kyle who ran in for his hat-trick.
From the kick-off, Crewe again powered forward. This time Cai made one of his trademark breaks on the right, Dan picked up and fed Jay who bulldozed through for a deserved try on the final whistle.