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Winning end to U16 tour around Belgium

Bognor under 16s enjoyed a fine end to the season when they took their fine form on to the continent.

 

The second day of their Belgium tour again took place in tropical temperatures that topped 27 degrees.

 

After a not so early night for the Bognor boys, the pink kit was again donned ready for action. Injuries from the day before meant no action for Corbould and his huge swollen face but despite the energy-sapping tour up to then, the boys seemed ready for action against the previously undefeated Coq Mosan.

 

A disciplined and at time ferocious start saw Bognor attacking with passion and tempo that had not been seen the day before. in the 36-19 defeat by FC Shilde.

 

A huge scrum saw skipper Joyce, Stan Wright and Atanasov driving ther opponents back. Big Brad Smith picked up and got over the gainline.

 

The ball was moved wide to Cellan Robinson, who made good ground. From the ruck, Spurle sniped and Orchard finished superbly in the corner. Trodd used his enormous boot to good effect and Bognor had the lead.

 

Back came the Coqs. However, great defence from Decarteret and Turner on the wings prevented a score and the ball was cleared. Defences were winning the battle in the heat but Bognor were in determined mood, the forwards hitting rucks ferociously throughout as the backs looked for opportunities.

 

With time running out, a great kick from Clark was gathered by Orchard. A fantastic tackle from the Belgium fullback looked like preventing the score but Trodd was on hand to take the off load and canter over.

 

Clark converted for a 14-0 win to the raptures of the pink-clad Bognor faithful and seal what was the performance of the season from Bognor.

 

* The first team are in unexpected play-off action tomorrow with a chance to get into London SW three against Old Georgians from Surrey one. Kick-off is 3pm.

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