Blues 21 v 25 Biarritz Espoirs

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The Blues & Biarritz pre-match

Following a a journey of more than 36 hours by mini-bus and ferry, there was a danger this first match of the 2013/14 season would be a test too far for the newly assembled OURFC squad; however, the performance belied any issues with the travel as the guys fronted to produce an excellent display with limited preparation time. This match against the Biarritz A side, was played at the picturesque town of St John Port de Pied, the home ground of Naffaroa RC. Whilst the overhead conditions were almost prefect, the pitch was a little firm after the summer months, but this did encourage both sides to play with ball in hand. The Blues started the match on the front foot but unfortunately within 13 minutes had lost both Gus Jones (hip) and Hamish Macdonald (shoulder) to injury with Steve Patch making his debut for Jones and Dean Irvine for Macdonald. This didn’t appear to disrupt the Blues and they opened the scoring when they won a scrum against the head and following two phases second row Will Rowlands crashed over from close range. Full-back Jonathan Hudson added the straight forward conversion. Biarritz then hit back strongly with two tries, the first from their No 8 following a catch and drive line-out, converted by their fly-half, the second from their left wing out wide, despite a Sonny Bill-Esque tackle from his opposite number Henry Lamont. This try went unconverted. With half-time approaching the Blues came back with a try of their own, when Captain John Carter finished off a flowing move from inside their own half, with Hudson again adding the conversion from in front of the posts. However, with the final play of the half, Biarritz retook their lead with a another catch and rive try, this time from the right wing, again converted by the fly-half. Half-time score 14 – 19.
The second half started as the first finished with the home side scoring another try from their right wing; this however spurred the Blues into action and they upped their game for the final 20 minutes, but unfortunately they only managed to cross once more when Sam Egerton, at this point covering for Lamont on the wing crossed for a try converted by Hudson. Final score 21 – 25.

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