A lot of improvement across the team but still not smart rugby.
A lot of history between the teams set up a hot fixture that was emotionally charged for the young men involved. Some struggled to keep those emotions under control and their game suffered for it. Ravens were dominant for the first 15 minutes but didn't capitalise with points and missed an earlier 3 point opportunity. The game began to ease back towards Tottonians as Ravens made poor decisions and failed to adjust to the guidance being given by the referee. At the 18 minute point Totts fly half broke the first tackle and brushed off several weak second attempts to score but they didn't convert. The game settled again into a war of attrition and whilst Ravens were dominating possession they couldn't turn it in to points; not until the 30th minute when a break by No. 8 Ed Bell drove to within 3 metres of Totts line and a great off load allowed Flanker Ethan Hammond to go over in the corner. Promising improvement in a number of positions for Ravens especially in their lineout. The half ended 5-5 in what was turning into a tight contest.
It took 10 minutes but Totts scored first in the second half, 7 minutes later Ed Bell crashed over to keep the game level. Then Ravens struggled to adapt as a couple of decisions went against them and they lost their shape allowing Totts to score twice taking a 20-10 lead. Ravens woke up and camped in the Totts half until they won a penalty in front of the posts. As Totts captain argued the point with the Referee, Centre Harry Rabjohn tapped and went in to score under the posts and Aidan Jarvis converted. 20-17 with still 15 minutes to play. Ravens tails were up but they gave away a penalty and were pinned back into their half from the kick to touch. The won the lineout only to be penalised for having too many players in it, they had ignored three warnings from the referee. Emotions bubbled over again and they failed to react to the quickly taken free kick and went 27-17 down. One last attack got them to the line but the ball was spilled in the touchdown and they had to settle for the 1 point for finishing within 10 points.
Opposition nominated Full Back Kini Nawai as player of the match for Ravens.
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