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Basingstoke RFC under-16s run riot in Portsmouth
ED KING scored five tries as Basingstoke under-16s returned from Portsmouth having recorded an emphatic 77-0 victory.
The visitors ran in 13 tries in total but the home side, to their credit, never let their heads drop and kept going to the end of the match.
It was King who was first to score a try, touching down under the posts, and Matt Kouris dispatched the conversion with ease.
The second score came after just six minutes as Charlie Stoner fly hacked a ball towards the Portsmouth defence, who knocked on.
From the resulting scrum on the 22, Isaac Curtis-Harris picked up the ball at number 8 and scored.
A minute later, Stoner stole the ball from a Portsmouth line out and from this Nat Abrams was able to score.
After this some good play from the visitors saw Tom Greenland-Jones pushed into touch, five yards from the try-line.
Despite Portsmouth winning the lineout, they then lost the ball and after some fine work the ball went out to the touchline, where King went over. Kouris added a fine conversion to make it 24-0.
The visitors added another score from Curtis-Harris and Kouris added the extras.
Basingstoke’s next attack saw the ball moved from one touchline to the other.
Some good work between Jack Rushworth and the forwards allowed King in for his hat-trick try.
Although close to half-time, ’Stoke did not let the pressure drop and, following a penalty on the 22, Rhys Driver drove through the defence to score as the visitors led 41-0 at the break.
The second-half started in much the same vein as the first, with a valiant Pompey side unable to break down the blue and gold wall and King added another try.
The next score started when Joe Forde kicked the ball towards the try-line, but the bouncing ball was knocked on.
From the resulting scrum Abrams scooped up the ball to score.
Three minutes later, Curtis-Harris scored his hat-trick try and then King went over for his fifth score of the game.
Some fine rucking by the forwards on the left hand side of their host’s 22 saw the ball worked out to the right wing, where Ashley Lewis scored and Kouris added the conversion.
The same combination added another seven points as Lewis scored to make sure the backs outscored the forwards by seven tries to six and Kouris added the extras.
For Basingstoke it was a complete team performance, with excellent play by both forwards and backs linking together to provide some fine passages of play.
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