Bennett try hat-trick in Withy Under-14s’ power show at North Petherton
PUBLISHED: 07:35 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 07:35 16 February 2018
Withycombe Under-14s travelled to North Petherton for a much-needed outing, but did so with a bare 15 players.
That did leave Withy having to make some positional changes and the team adapted superbly.
The contest began in the snow and the hail, but an early driving maul followed by a good kick from Paddy McGuiness led to Jack Ballett scoring the game’s first try.
Soon after going ahead, the ball was spun wide and Jude Baker-Hands provided a kick and chase for Harry Bennett to skilfully kick into the deadline area and follow the ball to score the second Withy try.
The third try was a carbon copy of the second when, following a terrific turnover from Max Wilkinson, a Baker-Hinds kick was fumbled by the home side and Bennett pounced to kick ahead and beat everybody else to the ball to score.
North Petherton hit back, but the Withy defence was strong throughout and they closed down any threat quickly.
Another turnover from the Withy forwards went through the hands of Jack Draper and Erin Asselman before Baker-Hands scored a blistering try, side-stepping his way to the line.
A first phase move from a scrum led to the fifth Withy try which was scored by Charlie Skinner after he cut a fine line to score under the posts.
From the re-start the ball was gathered and then moved wide before Bennett initiated a scissors move and, running home from the halfway line, crossed the whitewash for his hat-trick try.
The first try of the second half was started by more excellent play from the backs before Murphy Boltrukiewicz trundled over and, soon after, yet another turnover from the Withy forwards gave Wilkinson a run in from the 22 to score.
There was still time for the Withy forwards to set up a driving maul that led to scrum half Charlie Passmore shepherding the backs to also join in. Once near the opposition try line, Baker-Hands picked and went for his second try and Bennett kicked his sixth conversion of the morning to wrap up the scoring.
This was a great team performance and should also act as ideal preparation for Withy’s next game, a tough Devon Cup semi-final in two weeks’ time against Newton Abbot.
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