Under 17s Secure First League Win

Banbury Junior RUFC Round Up

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2013 09:56am
Bodicote, Cherwell
By Simon Grieve
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Junior Rugby

Under 18s – Junior Colts

Banbury Under 18 Junior Colts secured a bonus point league win over Witney at home on Sunday.

Playing against the wind in the first half, Banbury scored the first points with an unconverted try. Witney hit back with a penalty and a break away try to lead for a while 10 – 5. From then on it was pretty much all one way traffic.

The dominant Banbury pack won a lot of ball on which the backs could demonstrate their expansive game and in the first half against the strong wind ran in a further 3 tries to ensure the bonus point. In the second half, Witney showed greater resolve but it was Banbury who still came out on top with a further 3 tries.

The referee did make life harder for Banbury by not allowing anything to go in their favour in the last 20 minutes, but in the end Banbury ran out comfortable winners by 43 – 10. Banbury’s try scorers were Kallum Dixey, Ed Yeates Sean Hampson, and Toby Butler. All in all a very good team performance against the elements.

Under 17s

Banbury Under 17s secured their first league win of the season away at Reading Abbey on Sunday, beating the home team by 22 -24.  

The home side with their big forwards took an early 12 - 0 lead, but Banbury hit back with a try by Charlie Allertonm, and then a further try by Harry Smith, converted by Sam Manning to draw the scores level.  The second half saw defences on top, but Abbey finally scoring a converted try.  A try by Banbury’s Harry Graham reduced the lead, but Abbey immediately kicked a penalty.  With time running out Banbury threw everything into attack and Hugh Saar crossed the line and Sam Manning kicked the winning conversion in the last minute of play.

Under 16s

Banbury Under 16s travelled to Sutton Coldfield on Sunday to face a side unbeaten so far this season.

Sutton started the stronger with some great moves by their backs and forced Banbury to defend in their 22 for the first 10 minutes, eventually earning a penalty to open the scoring.

Banbury finally woke up and Charlie Mallock went over to open the visitors account. The home side seemed content to punish Banbury’s indiscretions at the break down, slotting two more penalties. However Banbury pushed for tries and as the backs opened up it was Jake Dew, Aaron Peachey and William Hopkins who went over, Jack Briggs adding one conversion.

Sutton did score from a breakaway as a Banbury drop goal attempt went horribly wrong – so the sides turned around at 22-16 to Banbury with a great second half in prospect. Both sets of forwards rucked for their lives and Banbury punished Sutton at most line-outs. Mallock eventually went over for his second try, duly converted by Briggs who also opted to take, and score, two penalties in the second half. Sutton were restricted to just one successful shot for goal making the final score a hard fought, but deserved 35-19 win for Banbury.



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