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U15’s remain League Winners since November 2007!

U15’s remain League Winners since November 2007!

Having secured promotion against Barnet (53-5) earlier in the month, the Scottish team were looking forward to the top-of-the-table clash to decide the league champion status.

Having secured promotion against Barnet (53-5) earlier in the month, the Scottish team were looking forward to the top-of-the-table clash to decide the league champion status.

The Scottish U15s had enjoyed better results through the season, but the Bishop’s Stortford B team were a solid outfit who, along with Scottish had been promoted last season and will be promoted again this year. In the corresponding fixture at U14 level, Scottish had eventually come through with a 17-0 victory.

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For the first five minutes the Scottish team had the better possession and territory and only some solid and sometimes desperate defence prevented an early Scottish score. Stortford came back into the game and in the forwards a real arm wrestle was developing with Louis and Tee-Jay to the fore in the driving mauls and rucks. Having played most of the first twelve minutes in the opposition half it was a Scottish penalty just inside their own half that led to the first score. A quick tap and dart by Ryan, from fly-half, took him deep into opposition territory and with support either side Guy took the scoring pass to go in under the posts for a converted try.

Stortford surged back and an attacking cross field kick and a stolen line-out allowed them to mount pressure on the Scottish line. When they moved the ball wide their left winger snuck in at the corner to make the score 5-7 after 16 minutes.

Stortford then enjoyed a sustained period of pressure thanks to some good forward play and a series of penalties against Scottish. The final penalty count of 4-17 against Scottish did not, however, seem to reflect the balance of the infringements. On 24 minutes a neat chip and chase from Kieran put Stortford on the back foot and from the resulting ruck allowed the backs to put Adam clear on the right in a two-v-one position. The well-timed pass to Keith on the wing moved the score to 5-12.

The next score came from some excellent Scottish continuity with forwards and backs linking seamlessly. A break by Ryan and a switch from Joe G and Keith drove through the heart of the Stortford defence. Scott took the ball on and a quick release to Ryan and well-timed pass gave Tom the opportunity to smash over for the third try in the twenty sixth minute of the game. The half finished with Scottish piling on the pressure but just missing out on the fourth score.

Only two minutes into the second half and Scottish secured the bonus point. Again it was the forwards who bashed the ball through the middle of the Stortford defence, Joe Ward making a 10 metre break and then a great off-load allowed the attack to continue. A neat grubber into the corner was chased by Keith who beat the defender to the touch down and the score moved to 5-22.

Much of the remainder of the second half saw Stortford put boot to ball to try and secure an attacking position. To an extent this worked but the Scottish line was never really threatened. The Scottish back-row remained the dominant outfit and this allowed Scottish to keep coming back on the attack. A stunning 30 metre break by Buz, following a turnover by Guy, nearly secured the fifth try but for another great try-saving tackle from the Stortford full-back.
The final try came from within the Scottish 22 following a missed touch-finder from Stortford. Nuno ran the ball back and Guy created some space for the backs to attack right. From the half-way line the forwards through Tom, Louis and Adam attacked left and a quick pass from Guy put Daniel Igbinedion clear for a sprint down the left flank and a loop around under the posts. Kieran’s conversion closed the scoring for the day.

At the end of the match Joe Garland, who was playing his last league game for the club, received a First XV shirt signed by the U15 squad. Joe has been a stalwart of the side since the U7s and has enjoyed some lean seasons and some great highs with the team. We wish him well in the West Country.

Home Team
Away Team
Home Team
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Louis Keen; Daniel Neal; Darrell DeSuze; Tee-Jay Farrell; Ali Shokoohi; Scott Holloway; Tom Henderson; Robert Akinrinmade; Joe Ward; Adam Ferguson; Daniel Igbinedion; Joe Nellis; Guy Luscombe; Ryan Flannery; Joe Garland; Buz Shabani; Mitchell Rogers; Keith Reddy; Jaedon Cooke; Kieran Morgan; Andre Robins-Santos; Nuno Barreiro Rosario.
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