Developmental XV finish season 1-3, much improved, future = BRIGHT!
Belmont’s Developmental XV, composed on 1st year players, played two matches in 4 days to end their 2015 campaign.
On Friday, the 8th of May, Belmont travelled to Westwood to tussle with Xaverian. The match began physically with Xaverian running in three early tries to Belmont’s one. The hosts’ tries were scored from the wing & on a hard charging crash penalty tap from their #8.
Down 5-15 at halftime Belmont had to respond. With expert coaching and aplomb Belmont battled back. With Nathanael Taylor playing like a seasoned outside half, and Joe Viale, suiting up at #9 for the first time, Belmont settled and played their clean system of rugby well.
The comeback began when Taylor charged down an attempted clearing kick by Xaverian. This lead to wing Laurent Brabo dotting down the loose ball.
Viale scored two of his own on quick tap penalties and off scrums. His communication was stellar and he did well to keep the forwards under command. Speaking of the pack, expert lineout play by Malik Williams – who cleaned up and scored a try of his own – kept the hosts at bay. Coupled with the dominate tackling by Mohammed Hamza on the flank. Hamza crunched attacking players and had the work rate of an experienced backrower.
Slowly Belmont clawed back and ended with their first win of the season 27-20.
After taking the weekend off the Belmont boys were on the bus again headed to Milton to tackle the Division II 2nd XV side.
A very close game ensued, but the difference was a monstrous sophomore lock for the hosts who galloped in four tries of his own. In the end Belmont was edged 22-24.
Tries were aplenty from both sides as Belmont’s Luis Valenzuela, Malik Williams, Alex Aleksandroz, and Nathanael Taylor all reached paydirt.
Once again Belmont played good rugby maintaing their system and defending well. Milton, credit to them, had a clear game plan which revolved around their massive lock.
Belmont’s depth is clear and their future bright as this group of talented youngsters grow and develop together.-->