Three smashing performances from Tom Parkin-Neal secured Southam victory in the Alcester Rugby Tournament on Tuesday. In surely the most unusual of position changes, Tom moved from Prop to Winger. His pace and power were sensational in attack and devastating in the tackle. It is real credit to the team that they did not concede a try all evening.
Nick’s got the Knack!
Southam 20 Alcester Academy 0
Nick Houldey terrorised the Alcester defence with his strong running. It made him a clear Man of the Match. The excellent Dion Tulloch again impressed with his fabulous tackling and quick reactions at the ruck. Nick scored one try and there were further tries from Tom Parkin-Neal, Spencer Wadsworth and the nippy Scrum Half Rhys Bennett. Captain Archie Coats showed his leadership with a strong vocal performance to match his leadership by example. Jody Hollingsworth and Will Scott drove the forwards on with several strong drives.
Austin Powers On!
Southam 10 Alcester Grammar School 0
Prop/Hooker Austin Turner is one of the first names on the team sheet. Austin prefers to go through opponents rather than around them! His strength, excellent technique and competitive nature make him a valuable asset to the team. This was a tough game against good quality opponents and the defence was tested on numerous occasions as we gave our opponents too much space. Tom Parkin-Neal’s stunning tackle with the game still level saw defence switch to attack and an opportunity for Nick Houldey to score. The game was sealed by the best try of the tournament. The forwards rucked over the ball strongly to give Dan Boag quality possession, quick passing along the backs got the ball wide and into space where clever interplay created a gap for Spencer Wadsworth to finish in style.
What’s the Story Barley-Morey?
Southam 35 St Benedicts 0
A tremendous low tackle from Jack Barley-Morey was one of my highlights of a terrific evening as this talented squad started to really blossom. A rush defence panicked the opposition and created numerous opportunities. Spencer Wadsworth’s superb running skills brought him the Man of the Match accolade and three tries in three matches. Dynamic Hooker Harry Latus added a further brace of tries to his record breaking haul last week. There was a stunning solo effort from Tom Parkin-Neal as he seared past several defenders to score. Eden Wood powered in for an impressive unstoppable try, whilst Taylor Stevens footwork was fabulous as he danced past defenders to score on the wing. Rhys Bennett completed the scoring with a well taken try. Finley Simms and James Taylor were unlucky not to add further tries.