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Ashby's Year 10 boys put in a solid performance in the run-up to the county cup with a win against Hinckley Academy.
Ashby started off the better of the two teams, dominating territory and getting an early try through Josh Harrap. He burrowed over after some hard runs through the heart of the defence from Ethan Grice, Jonathan Eckersley, Ben Hulach and Sam West. Luke Ashman made the conversion.
Hinckley replied with a good try of their own to make it 7-7. Ollie Morris scored straight from the kick off, with an elusive run down the wing, evading all contact and then duly converting the try to make it 14-7.
Sam West scored the next two tries to make it 24-7. Harvey Clinch in the build-up made some bulldozing runs and even showed a dummy kick through to fool the defence and barrelled his way through which was an amazing watch for a prop forward.
Hinckley got another try before half time to keep the game in the balance at 24-12.
After the interval, Josh Harrap and Oliver Morris scored again along with another Hinckley try to make the full time score 34-17. There were some thunderous runs from both centres Ewan Laws and Oscar Archer in attack. Ashby also put in a great defensive effort to limit Hinckley's options in attack.
There were some really good performances from the whole team but special mention must go to Tim Andrieux in his first game of rugby who put in some valiant tackles and Dan Slack who played out of position but didn’t put a step wrong.
Report by Ricky Wickwar