Junior Rugby: Last-gasp heartache in quarter-final

EAST Midlands League play-off quarter-final heartache was inflicted on Huntingdon Stags U16s at Peterborough on Sunday as they went down 17-10.

EAST Midlands League play-off quarter-final heartache was inflicted on Huntingdon Stags U16s at Peterborough on Sunday as they went down 17-10.

Tries from Thomas Woodrow and Barney West had looked like setting Stags on their way to a memorable win, but the hosts hit back and won with the last play of the match.

The U15s, meanwhile, romped to a convincing 40-7 victory at BBOB in the East Midlands League.

Tomas Guilliatt-Griggs, Charlie Lee, Kacy Nicholson and Toby Dewar were among the try scorers, Will Moore and Alex Marsh nailed conversions, while Charlie Gabriel stood out for his outstanding forward play.

Stags took a depleted U14 squad to St Neots and suffered a setback as the hosts ran in six tries through a talented back division with the score ending 36-20 in Neots’ favour - although Max Main did manage to score for the visitors.

The U12s were in a hungry mood and, despite conceding six tries against a decent Shelford side, great passing and strong running resulted in tries for Murray Reid, Max Oliver, Griffin Giles, Matthew Waring, Sam Durnan and two apiece for William Gould and Ben McNichol giving Huntingdon a convincing 45-30 win.

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Shelford proved tough opponents for the U11s, who slipped to 40-7 and 49-14 defeats in their two matches, although Luke Toates, Harry Edwards and Max Cummings did get on the score sheet during the morning.

At U10 level, James Gould was on fire - scoring six tries in his side’s three matches against Shelford.

Harry March (2), Zach Shipley and Fraser Park also filled their boots as Huntingdon recorded 6-0 and 2-1 victories before going down 4-2 in match three.

The U9s went unbeaten against Shelford, drawing 2-2 in the first game before earning back-to-back 2-1 victories in matches two and three.

Lorcan Harbour (3), Lewis Rendall (2) and Harry Thorpe were all in the try-scoring mood.

Stags U8s put in their best performance of the season against an impressive Shelford side.

The four games ended honours even, with Stags winning two, 10-7 in match two and 6-5 in match four, while Shelford were 8-4 and 7-6 winners in matches one and three respectively.

Meanwhile Ollie Ford, Elliot Mortimer, Ashley Quince (2), and George Ward (2) ran home tries in the U7A team’s 6-5 victory over Shelford A in match one.

That was quickly followed by a 6-6 draw for the U7B team against Shelford B, Ethan Rice (2) and the excellent Ben Underwood (4) running riot.

After that the A team returned and hammered Shelford B 6-2, with Ollie Ford, Ashley Quince, George Ward and Elliot Mortimer (3) all going over.

And the final match saw Stags B defeated 5-2 by a stronger Shelford A team, Eddie Brennan and Ethan Rice scoring for Stags.

> Huntingdon Rugby Club is holding a girls training session, open for all girls in school Years 7 - 10 at the Racecourse on Sunday, March 20 between 10.30am-11.30am.

For more information, contact Emily Skidmore on 07923 055528.