Jonker eyes bright future

Olli Balsom scores on his First XV debut.
Olli Balsom scores on his First XV debut.

Boston Rugby Club may be out of the Lincolnshire Cup, but coach Willem Jonker believes he has plenty of cause to remain optomistic.

Kesteven left the Boardsides with a 33-12 victory on Saturday, some consolation for their 17-0 defeat at the hands of the Blue and Whites in the Midlands 3 East (North) earlier this campaign.

Lewis Eldin.

Lewis Eldin.

But on that mudbath of a pitch, Boston’s mish-mash side of youngsters, first teamers and fringe players gave some indication of what the future may hold.

Olli Balsom - a regular in the club’s Colts team - made his First XV debut, and rewarded his selection with a try.

Balsom is just one of a talented crop of youngsters coach Jonker hopes can keep the club in good stead over the next few years.

“It was great to see Olli make his debut, and great to see him score a try as well,” Jonker said.

“That will fill him with confidence.

“But we have a lot of talented youngsters at the club, some coming through at the moment.

“When that happens it fills you with confidence about the future and keeps you excited.

“We want to make a push for promotion next year, and hopefully some younger players can push through and be part of that.”

Zeph Chapman also scored a try for the Blue and Whites, while fellow Colt Tom Andrews kicked a conversion on Saturday.