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Banbury Under 8s Hold Strong

Banbury RUFC Junior Match Reports

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2013 08:06pm
Bodicote, Cherwell
By Simon Grieve
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Junior Rugby

Under 18s – Junior Colts

Banbury Under 18 Junior Colts  played at home on Sunday against a strong well drilled Old Patesians Side from Gloucestershire in the second round of the RFU National Under 18s Cup.

Playing against the wind in the first half Banbury soaked up the pressure for the first 10 minutes in their own 22 and even survived a missed penalty attempt. Sean Hampson was released down the wing to run fully 60 meters before being brought down within centimetres of the opposition try line. A superb off-load though from Hampson and fantastic backing-up by Ed Harrison saw Harrison go over for the first Banbury try. Good counter-attacking was often thwarted at the last pass before Harrison scored his second and Hampson the third try of the half. Great kicking by Alex Caveziel Cox against the wind and from out wide saw two of the three tries being converted. 19 – 0 up at half time, Banbury went to sleep for a while and whilst scoring two more tries of their own, allowed Old Pats to drive two tries over the line through their big forwards. Not a bad display from Banbury but, as teacher might say, could do better. A couple of stand-out Banbury performances came from Toby Butler and Harry Graham.

Under 15s

Banbury Under 15s welcomed Chinnor to Bodicote Park on Sunday and narrowly lost out by 24 points to 36.

Banbury struggled against the strong wind in the first half and trailed 7-19 at the break. Honours were even in the second half but the damage had been done. Banbury’s scorers were Oscar Gudge, Jake Peters, Jake Manning and James Hibbert.

Under 14s

Banbury Under 14s hosted one of the region’s top teams Chinnor on Sunday and achieved a resounding 34-5 victory.

A determined opening from the visitors looked to set the pattern for the match but, thanks to a late intercept by Harris McPherson, what could have been an early try was countered. The Banbury players settling down to deliver the right balance of attack and defence to keep the visitors in check. A late first half try by Thomas Wood settled any remaining nerves, but Chinnor respond quickly with a try just before the first half time whistle. The second half saw Banbury step up another gear, scoring four further tries plus a Callum O'Connel conversion. By the second Chinnor try, Banbury were well out of danger, the game finishing 34 to 5. Archie Mallock and Mathew Starkey all added to the scoreline, the entire squad playing at a level well beyond pre-match expectations.

Under 13s

Banbury Under 13s hosted their counterparts from the south of the County, Grove, in a friendly fixture on Sunday morning.

The hosts proved too strong for the opposition running in four unanswered tries through Harry Horrocks, Ben Parker, Ciaran Caulfield and Harry Gardner with Toby Parker grabbing a conversion in a 22-0 win.

Mini Rugby

Under 11s

Banbury Under 11s played a friendly at home versus Old Northamptonians on Sunday in glorious sunshine. 

Banbury won 19-0, with tries from Tsering Sherpa-Moore,  Owen Michael and Harvey Machin plus conversions from Quinton Blythe and Harvey Jones.

Under 8s

Banbury Under 8s took part in the Northampton Saints Matchday Tournament on Sunday before the Saints Heineken Cup match versus Ospreys.

Banbury fought out a hard earned draw in their first game against Long Buckby with fantastic runs from Riven Smith and Jae Phipps. The second game came in the shape of a win against Towcestrians who really pushed Banbury when in attack and some brilliant tagging from William Larner and strong defensive running from William Wilkinson made sure the Banbury defence held strong. Game 3 was against eventual tournament winners Olney, who always prove a tough match. Banbury held strong for the first few minutes with tries from Jake Perkins and Alex Din, but Olney were too well drilled and came away winners in the end. Needing a win to be in with a chance of going through to the next round, Banbury fronted up against Kettering. It was an end to end match with strong running from George Melbourne and excellent foot work from Charlie McRae. Charlie's last try of the game meant a draw and Banbury going home early.

Pictured, Banbury’s Under 8s comprised (from left to right) Charlie Mcrae, Alex Din, Jake Perkins, William Wilkinson, Jae Phipps, George Melbourne, Will Larner and Riven Smith.

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