Land Rover Challenge Cup

Banbury Junior RUFC

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2015 08:14pm
Bodicote, Cherwell
By Dave England
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Banbury Under 12's went to the Northampton Saints training ground for the annual Land Rover challenge cup on Saturday, coming off the back on an excellent performance at home the previous weekend.

Our first game in the group stage was against Long Buckby, who we'd played and beaten the previous week, so confidence was high. The boy put in a stellar performance with some excellent attacking play resulting in an early try by George Compton-Alway to set the standard. The second half was more of the same from Banbury, with Harvey Machin getting across the line later in the game with some hard fought mauling by the forwards to get us there.

Game two was another close tie with Wendson Ambro (Saffron Walden), with Banbury having most of the ball and spending virtually the whole time in the oppositions half. Unfortunately for us no tries were scored in the game, as the defending from the Essex boys proved to be too strong throughout.

Kenilworth were our next opponents, and despite their speed and dexterity in earlier games, again the Boys in blue and white managed to keep them in check, and were very unlucky not to get a couple of tries against them.

Our final game in the group stages was against the Silhilians from Solihull. This was a must win game for both sides, as a win would put either team through to the semi final stages. Banbury played with equal vigor and passion as they had done against the previous three teams, but it was not to be, with the boys from Solihull driving a single try over the line in the second half after some concerted effort from our defence.

Sadly that was the end of our campaign for the day, meaning that we came away with nothing to show for our efforts, but it should be noted that the Silhillians team went on to win the tournament, so having finished the day having only conceded a single try against the eventual victors means that the boys could come away with their heads held high having played another excellent day of rugby.


Under 9s

A wet and rainy Sunday morning brought the under 9's to Wallingford for their county tournament.  With players arriving in dribs and drabs the boys first faced up to Chinnor tigers loosing but getting the win as the wrong Chinnor team took the field. After a break of holding the tent down in the wind banbury lined up against oxford Quins loosing to a better team.

More rain saw the conditions deteriorate and handling became more difficult and by the time we came up against Henley cold hands made the game un-winnable.
The final match was a local derby against chipping norton. With fire in our bellies and conditions improving Banbury took the bull by the horns making excellent progress with ball in hand only to be continually pushed back by a stout chippy defence.  On various occasions chippy put us on the back foot but a few of outstanding tackling performances from Riven Smith, Thomas Mee, Jae Phipps and Perky Jnr the tired, wet and cold banbury team held chippy to a 0-0 draw. Unfortunately try difference went against us and our day was finished.
Thanks to all parent and supporters who traveled with us and helped keep the kids warm and the tent on the deck.
Today's squad was Joe Armstrong, Jae Phipps, Riven Smith, Pearce Campbell, Perky Jnr, Alex Din, Theo Malik, George Jackson, Thomas Mee, Charlie Mcrea and Jack Mawle.


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