St Ives U15s in rugby thriller

JUNIOR RUGBY ST IVES U15s journeyed to Worthing in the club s first tour at that age group and the game against the host proved to be a real cliff-hanger, ending 12-12. There was very little between the sides with good defence from Jack Bainbridge and Rob

JUNIOR RUGBY

ST IVES U15s journeyed to Worthing in the club's first tour at that age group and the game against the host proved to be a real cliff-hanger, ending 12-12.

There was very little between the sides with good defence from Jack Bainbridge and Robert Langdown keeping Worthing out during a spell of early pressure.

The St Ives forwards were starting to dominate and the rolling mauls but a turnover ball found its way to Worthing's star winger who outstripped the defence to score in the corner.


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St Ives rallied well and, with the front row of Rory MacLean, Tom Mitcham and Dom Edwards more than holding their own, were unlucky in having the ball held up over the line.

Further pressure resulted in a try for St Ives from Ryan Szembel and with the conversion from the touchline by Tom Whiteside just falling short, the scores were all square at 5-5 at the break.

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St Ives kicked off the second half and went straight on the attack when Steve Brooks and his new partner Paul Littlechild in the second row drove St Ives towards the Worthing line.

Unfortunately another turn over ball saw Worthing work it to their pacy winger who this time raced away to score under the posts.

St Ives showed great character and came straight back with some quick thinking between Max Smith and Adam Curtis getting them into the Worthing 22.

From a scrum, Adam Curtis diverted the defender's attention allowing scrum half Harris Christison to scamper over. This time Whiteside converted well to level the scores.

+ St Ives U11s travelled to Bourne and played in wet and windy conditions on a bitterly cold day.

The weather had little or no effect on Saints during the first half as they ran riot and powered to a 20-0 lead.

Man of the Match Thomas McNamara led the way with the first try and Sam Hirons was on the end of the next three tries after great work by Connor Morris. With strong tackling from Luke Green and Daniel McManus, the hosts rarely got a look-in.

The second half saw St Ives carry on where they left off with forwards Chris Radbone, Ashley Palmer and Tom Stovold showing some great rucking and mauling skills.

The next St Ives try was inevitable and came again from Sam Hirons after some good play from Tyler Elstub.

A consolation try right at the final whistle brought the final score to 25-5 in favour of St Ives.

+ St Neots Colts entertained a lively Stockwood Park Colts side and managed to record a 20-14 win.

The visitors took an early lead with a converted try but two Saints tries from Kieran O'Connell and captain Andy Heathcote turned things round before the break.

The second half had the home side playing into the wind and this gave them a slight advantage, two further tries came from the lively O'Connell, producing a match hat-trick for him.

Stockwood Park scored a late converted try in the last play of the match providing a better-looking score line than the visitors deserved.

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