An impressive victory away to Novos saw Morpeth RFC U16s finish off their season in winning style, with many players now looking forward to the challenge of stepping up to Colts’ rugby next year.
In testing conditions, the Mitford Road youngsters dismantled Novos to run out 25-7 winners in a game they dominated from start to a finish with a determined physicality that took their play to another level.
Playing into the teeth of the wind and driving rain, Morpeth took the lead early in the first half through a well-taken try from the rampant second row Sam Fieldson, whose power play and aggression shone as an inspiration to his team-mates.
Further tries from centre Josh White, flanker Lewis Nicholson, winger George Aynsley and centre Jacob Crooks saw Morpeth out of sight by half-time as the opposition’s heads noticeably dropped in the face of relentless pressure.
While the second half promised more of the same for the visitors – playing with the wind behind them this time – expectations didn’t quite live up to the promise as Morpeth’s concentration slipped to let Novos in for a try and conversion on the half-time whistle.
The game then descended into a bizarre, chaotic final few minutes, which saw tempers flare with Sam Fieldson being sent off for dissent and two Novos’ players seeing yellow cards. That was enough for the referee to call time early as Novos where unable to field 15 players.
The U16s thoroughly deserved victory to round off a mixed season which has seen them play some scintillating, fast-paced and exciting rugby at times – many of the boys are now certain to have long careers as they step up to the challenge of Colts and, eventually, senior rugby.
The U16s Player-of-the-Year award along with other awards will be given at the end-of-season presentation evening on Wednesday, June 24, at the Morpeth RFC clubhouse.