Banbury U18s remain unbeaten

Banbury RUFC junior match reports

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2014 05:34pm
Bodicote, Cherwell
By Simon Grieve
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Under 18s – Junior Colts

Banbury Under 18 Junior Colts travelled to Aylesbury on Sunday to play their 4th round RFU National Plate tie, coming away with a credible 21-12 win.

Aylesbury were quickest out of the traps and immediately put pressure on the Banbury defence. For the first 10 minutes the game flowed and ebbed in both directions and the smaller Aylesbury pack jackled and fought for the ball extremely well. A long pass out to the Aylesbury wing was intercepted by Hugh Saar who ran in unopposed under the posts. Immediately Aylesbury hit back and sustained pressure on the line resulted in a two man overlap and the equalising try was scored, both tries successfully converted. A further try before the end of the first half from Ed Harrison from a charge down kick left Banbury 14 – 7 up at half time.

A bit of a stern talking to for Banbury at half time seemed to have done the trick and 10 minutes of resolute defence by Aylesbury ended with Kallum Dixey smashing over for a try and 21 – 7. A purple patch of Aylesbury Rugby resulted in a drive from a lineout and the Banbury defence was breached once again, the score now 21 – 12 as the conversion was missed. The game then got a little ugly and Banbury were penalised for constant infringements at the breakdown and too much talking back. In the end a result is a result and Banbury held on to successfully go forward to the next round of the National Plate.


Under 16s

Banbury Under 16s earned another bonus point away league win by beating Witney 49-20 on Sunday.

Despite scoring 9 tries, Banbury played in fits and starts for much of the game. Too many sloppy errors allowed a determined Witney to always pose a threat. Banbury’s try scorers were Jake Anderson, Caleb Shepherd (3), Jack Taylor (2), Reece Lines, George Grieve and Luca Catania. Jack Briggs added 4 points with the boot.


Under 15s

Banbury Under 15s snatched a late home win against Marlow on Sunday by 33 points to 26.

Missing a few players Banbury tried some positional experiments with the remainder of the squad. Banbury’s early play was rather ragged and uncommitted, allowing Marlow to dominate the first period scoring twice. Slowly improving as the game went on, it took until the last five minutes of what had turned into quite an even contest for Banbury to demonstrate their true potential scoring the tries that finally sealed the contest. Banbury’s try scorers were Tarquin Hathaway, Jake Peters (2), Charlie Scott and Rory Shaw; conversions from Jake Peters (3) and Marcus Saar.


Mini Rugby

Under 12s

Banbury Under 12s won two matches played at home against Chipping Norton on Sunday.

Banbury won the first game 33-5 with tries from Salam Raseki, Jake Relton, George Eames-Matthews, Dan Chambers and Ollie Davis; conversions from Sean Baker, Luke Swann and Callum Scott (3). Great Handling in the second game gave Banbury a 49-14 win, tries from Ollie Davis, Edward Thompson (2), Tom Allen and Callum Scott; conversions from Luke Swann (3) and Callum Scott (4).


Under 11s

Banbury Under 11s beat Chipping Norton 24-0 at home on Sunday.

Banbury’s tries were scored by Harvey Jones, George Verinder and Ollie Whiting (2).  2 conversions were slotted by Quinton Blythe.


Under 10s

Banbury Under 10s beat Chipping Norton 25-0 at home on Sunday.

After a slow first half Banbury found their legs and dominated this fiercely contested game against local rivals. Ben Crowther and Hamish Nelson led the attack gaining yards and breaking the Chippy defence. Banbury’s tries were scored by Jacob Hancock (3), Thomas Evans and Callum Davies.


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