Gutsy Saints Under 13s hold their own on tour
JAKE Peattie scored four tries as St Ives U13s rounded off their annual tour with a convincing 39-10 victory against Holt. Twenty-two players from the squad travelled to Norfolk for the tour, which saw Saints take on West Norfolk and Holt in two competiti
JAKE Peattie scored four tries as St Ives U13s rounded off their annual tour with a convincing 39-10 victory against Holt.
Twenty-two players from the squad travelled to Norfolk for the tour, which saw Saints take on West Norfolk and Holt in two competitive fixtures.
The first match was against the well-organised West Norfolk side, and it was the hosts who took control of the game in the early stages as St Ives started slowly.
The hosts took the lead with a try in the corner but Saints battled well to keep Norfolk to just one score at half time.
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After the break the hosts grabbed a converted try to effectively seal the win, though St Ives never gave up and Harry Martin scored a consolation try near the end to make the final score 12-5.
The second game of their tour saw St Ives dominate Holt, despite the hosts taking the lead early on.
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The strong-running Peattie was the star of the show, while Dan Malem's tactical kicking helped pin Holt back in their own territory.
Dale Taylor and Martin both scored two tries in support of Peattie's four-try haul, while Jack Topham converted twice to make the final score 39-10.
St Ives U16s
DAN Breed was named man-of-the-tournament for the U16s as they competed at the Loughborough Sevens competition.
Ben Carter sprinted around the Birmingham and Solihull defence to score Saints' first try of the day and set them on their way to an opening 31-0 victory.
James Wood and Matt Nice also scored fine tries while Steve Hehir crossed the line twice as St Ives cruised to victory.
The next match saw Saints meet with their tournament nemesis - the Rugby Lions. Only Breed's try in the corner gave any crumb of comfort to Saints as their strong opponents ran out 36-5 victors.
St Ives needed a big win against Loughborough to reach the final and the team responded with a crushing 52-7 triumph. Nice, Carter, Wood, Breed and Matt Taylor all joined in the fun.
A surprise defeat for Rugby Lions against Birmingham and Solihull meant Saints qualified for the final as group winners but their luck ran out against the Lions.
The side from Rugby scored four tries in each half to dominate the final and emerge worthy winners.
Next for Saints is the East Midlands U17 league in August.
n St Ives Roosters Rugby League Club open their 2007 season on Saturday with a home match against league newcomers Thetford Titans.
Saints go into the fixture on a high after an impressive 60-14 pre-season win against Kent Ravens, from the division above.
New players in the Roosters squad include prop forward Marco Rossi, James Shearman and Jamie Noble.
The match, at Somersham Road, kicks off at 2.30pm.