Three of the Best from Captain Briggs

Banbury RUFC Junior Round Up

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2014 08:12pm
Bodicote, Cherwell
By Simon Grieve
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Three of the best from Captain Briggs secures win over Havant


Banbury Under 16s (pictured) made the long voyage to Havant on Sunday to play the Hampshire county champions.

Banbury made the brighter start with captain Jack Briggs going over twice for a 14-0 early lead, Luca Catania adding the extras. Havant regrouped and a fierce battle up-front unfolded, the two sides too close to separate. Banbury suffered a yellow late in the half and Havant quickly capitalised on the numbers advantage to score 2 converted tries. 14-14 at the turnaround and a fantastic contest in store.

Banbury hopes could have been sunk when Havant made it 21-14 but they weren’t – a brilliant step from winger Dan Patterson saw him score in the corner to make it 21-19. Reece Lines powered over to put Banbury back in the lead, Briggs kick making it 26-21. However the hosts quickly responded and it was all square, again, at 26-26.

Lines offloaded to winger William Hopkins to put Banbury ahead again, Briggs quickly following up with his hat-trick making third try plus conversion. With 10 minutes to play George Grieve burst through to score, George Barbeary converting, and the visitors thought the job was done and the 12 point lead enough. However, Havant charged down a kick from a restart and bagged 5 more points with the resulting try. Time was up though and Banbury emerged worthy 45-31 winners against very capable opposition.


Under 14s

Banbury Under 14s travelled the short distance to Old Leamingtonians on Sunday and came away with a 14-22 win.

On a lovely sunny day Banbury bulls started in a determined manner, attacking the Old Leams side with great gusto but unfortunately a misplaced pass saw Old Leams race from one end of the pitch to the other to score. Banbury fought back with a try by Jay Manley and continued to attack but the ball was turned over and Old Leams scored a well finished try under the posts again. Banbury kept up the pressure and Isaac Seiger scorched down the wing to score in the corner.  After more forward domination Jay Manley drove over to score a second try.  Old Leams fought back and after a series of errors on both sides, Jamie Woods plunged over near the posts for Banbury’s 4th try, converted by Sam Sherpa-Moore.



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