Bor­ough boys kick off sea­son in style

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH’S Un­der 13s kicked off the sea­son in style when they trav­elled to North York­shire at the week­end to take on Cleck­heaton, re­turn­ing home vic­to­ri­ous.

The side, man­aged by Paul Dea­con, Gary Kee­gan and Kevin Dee­gan, tore into the op­po­si­tion and pro­duced a clin­i­cal, scin­til­lat­ing dis­play of ball han­dling and pos­ses­sion rugby.

Billy Blake, along­side Tay­lor Hulme, picked up plau­dits for men of the match dis­plays that helped Boro to a 17 tries to 6 win.

A spe­cial men­tion to new boys Joe Lin­ton and Char­lie Gar­rett on im­pres­sive first ap­pear­ances. The for­mer scored his first try on a de­but to re­mem­ber.

Ten miles down the road, the next two Boro age groups (U14s and U15s) were show­ing Hud­der­s­field YMCA a clean pair of heels.

The Un­der 14s’ first game at 15-a-side rugby was a joy to watch for the spectator. De­spite early dom­i­nance, Boro were on the back foot and quickly found them­selves trail­ing by a score of 19-0.

The boys ral­lied and bat­tled back su­perbly and by the end of the first quar­ter the score was 19-15 to YMCA.

The three Boro tries were scored by Brad Chrimes, Ben Wil­locks and Ben Crab­tree.

An­other close sec­ond quar­ter fol­lowed as the visi­tors man­aged to come out on top, with two con­verted tries to one. A sec­ond of the af­ter­noon from Wil­locks fol­lowed a Jake Coupe ef­fort. The half time score now sat at 29-26 to Boro.

Much like the first quar­ter, YMCA re-took the lead but, un­de­terred, the Boro boys ral­lied well again to fin­ish the quar­ter by scor­ing two un­con­verted tries via Thomas Kelly and an­other for Chrimes. That left the score at the end of the third quar­ter 39-33 to Boro.

The fi­nal quar­ter was al­ways go­ing to be a tight af­fair with both teams des­per­ate to land the knock­out blow. It was Boro who scored first to ex­tend their lead with a hat-trick try from Wil­locks, who also scored the con­ver­sion.

A fran­tic end saw YMCA score with the last play of the game mak­ing it 46-38 in Boro’s favour.

Play­ing just a 100 yards or so away, Lit­tle­bor­ough’s Un­der 15s picked up from where they left off last sea­son with a crush­ing 48-7 vic­tory.

In a dom­i­nant at­tack­ing dis­play that saw them make count­less line breaks, tries came from Reece Old­ham, Tom Brais­dell, Char­lie Frost, Nyall Hensby (2) and three from fly half Jack Ben­netta.

Lit­tle­borugh’s Ju­niors con­tin­ued their per­fect record with a 53-5 vic­tory over Der­byshire out­fit Glos­sop.

They scored seven tries in to­tal, in­clud­ing braces for Char­lie Holmes and Ben Stott (his sec­ond in con­sec­u­tive matches) as well as strikes for Will Mayoh, Kai Sum­ner, Nick Mayan and Brad Watts, en­sur­ing that the home side sit pretty at the top of the tree. Watts also con­tin­ued his good run with the boot, knock­ing over 70 per cent of his at­tempts in tricky wet con­di­tions.

Lit­tle­bor­ough se­nior ladies ex­e­cuted their hard pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tion to the high­est level with a sen­sa­tional 50-5 vic­tory at Bury for their first win in the league this cam­paign.

There were im­pres­sive dis­plays from Jess Chad­wick and Sum­mer Har­ris – who both scored their first league tries for the se­niors – and Olivia Turner. All three were mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance for the se­niors since mov­ing up from Un­der 18s level rugby.

More tries fol­lowed from cap­tain Jess Frain and Ge­orgina Quinn, while Re­becca Har­ri­son crowned an im­pres­sive dis­play on the wing with an in­ter­cept try.

Im­proved ball re­ten­tion from the pack of for­wards laid the foun­da­tions for vic­tory with Sa­man­tha Bra­zier, Claire Jones and Har­riet Wid­dup be­ing the pick of the for­wards. Full back Claire Sut­cliffe also broke her own per­sonal record with five suc­cess­ful con­ver­sions.

Lit­tle­bor­ough Ladies never let up the pres­sure on their op­po­nents and ran out easy vic­tors in the end with a 5-50 point win, putting them top of the league after round one.

An im­pres­sive feat in only their sec­ond sea­son in the league struc­ture. Next up is a home game against Orm­skirk Ladies at 2pm this Sun­day at Rake­wood.

Lit­tle­bor­ough RUFC un­der 15s picked up where they left off last sea­son as they kicked off the new cam­paign with a crush­ing vic­tory against Hud­der­s­field YMCA

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