SRU Under 15/16 (2013-2016)
Staffordshire U15s v Lancashire U15s at Newcastle RUFC 7pm Kick off Wednesday 27th April 2016.
Shire Oak Academy
St Josephs College, Stoke
King Edward VI Lichfield
Old Swinford Hospital School
St Josephs College, Stoke
Adams Grammar, Newport
Wood Green Academy
Landau Forte Academy
St Josephs College, Stoke
Adams Grammar, Newport
St Josephs College, Stoke
St Josephs College, Stoke
Staffordshire v Leicestershire Sunday 15th November at Leicester Grammar School
Staffordshire visited the fantastic facilities of Leicester Grammar School on Sunday 15th November for the final game of their campaign against Leicestershire.
Staffs started the game strongly and following an early kick charge down Jack Bowers collected the ball and set off towards the try line only to be pulled down just short. Quickly recycled ball and a series of forward drives saw second row Kieran Henderson crash over the line for the first try of the day.
Leicestershire then took the game to staffs with pace and aggression and it wasn’t long before the winger rounded the staffs cover to get the inside pass away for a well worked try which was duly converted. Staffs continued to compete but struggled to get enough ball from either the set piece or the loose. Leicestershire’s next try came from a scrum ball taken against the head on Staffs scrum.
Leicestershire continued to attack Staffs and capitalise on their mistakes with their forwards and backs linking well to give them 3 more quality tries in the run up to half time. Half time Leicestershire 27 Staffordshire 5.
Staffordshire started the second half well putting together some well worked moves to attack the Leicestershire lines. However Leicestershire came out on top of an extended kicking exchange when Staffordshire failed to find touch and Leicester’s winger scored in the corner.
The visitors never gave up and following some strong runs from the back row pairing of Captain Jamie Harding and Ben Taylor, Staffs were awarded a penalty 10m out in the centre of the park. The ball was tapped and moved to prop Kieran Morgan who drove over the line to score. Will Farr added the conversion.
Leicestershire however had the final word with another well worked break popped inside to the supporting full back to score in the corner. Full Time Leicestershire 39 Staffordshire 12.
An excellent game against strong opposition, Staffordshire never gave up and showed they are an excellent team. Thanks to Leicestershire for a quality game hosted at great facilities.
The players were awarded their ties by County President Iain Haley following there meal. The boys will now move through and be contacted by the u17/18 delivery team who attended to watch the game.
The U16s delivery team of Mike Bezus, Ian Willis, Marc Purvis and Jo Wood would like to thank the boys and their parents for all their efforts and wish then the best of luck in the rugby aspirations for the future.
Staffordshire Team : Farhaan Augrazeb, Kyle Towers, Harry Brogan, Will Green, Kieran Henderson, Morgan Coops, Ben Taylor, Jamie Harding, Max Perryman, Jacob Fewtrill, Luke Trevis, Sam Wager, Jack Bowers, Luke Brough, Nico Watkins, Lewis Towers, Kieran Morgan, Ben Acton, Jake O’Toole, Dan Thomas, Dylan Kennerell-Walters, Will Farr.
NOVEMBER 1st: STAFFS 50 v 24 NORFOLK @ OAKHAM RFC
Staffordshire U16 travelled to Oakham in Leicestershire on a sunny Sunday morning to play Norfolk ‘Tigers’ in a training game organised by Leicester Tigers. Norfolk arrived shorthanded having had a number of late cry-offs and it was agreed that Staffs would make up their numbers from its bench to allow the game to go ahead as 15 a-side.
The game started at a fast pace with both sides playing open running rugby. Jack Bowers on the wing for Norfolk contributed to a number of forays into Staffs territory before finally the Norfolk open side beat the cover to score in the corner. The conversion was missed.
Staffs were next on the score sheet when from a line out deep in their own half the forwards put together a couple of driving runs before releasing Will Poland to dash 60m to score under the posts. Jacob Fewtrill added the extras.
Norfolk then picked up their second try following infringements and ball spills by the boys in green allowing Norfolk to pounce on the loose ball and move it to the right wing to score a converted try in the corner. End of the first Period Staffs 7 Norfolk 12.
From the restart Staffs again are penalised for holding on to the ball and Norfolk kick to the corner only for the ball to be fielded. Norfolk’s forwards turn the ball over and their open side darts down the blind side to secure their third try which was duly converted.
This appeared to be the wake-up call Staffs required and from the kick off the Norfolk fielder was held up to give the scrum put in to them. The ball quickly moved down the line allowing Luke Trevis to outpace the opposition and score in the corner, Jacob Fewtrill missing the conversion.
Staffs were now starting to dominate and some strong incisive running from Jamie Harding and Ben Taylor helped in creating three further tries in the second period from Jacob Fewtrill, Nico Watkins and Kieran Henderson. All three being converted by Will Farr. End of the second period; Staffs 33 Norfolk 19.
Staffordshire started the final period much as they had finished the second and it was not long before Jamie Harding collected the ball from a scrum and crashed over the line, Will Farr’s conversion dropping short.
Billy Green was next on the score sheet when they took a penalty for not releasing quickly to move the ball to him to go over left of the posts, the conversion was wide.
From the restart Staffs again moved the ball wide to the wing for Luke Brough to step inside the cover and score beneath the posts, Will Farr adding the conversion.
Norfolk had the last word however when Staffordshire were penalised at the scrum and they took the ball quickly and raced into the corner for an unconverted try.
Final Score Staffordshire 50 Norfolk 24.
Team: Kieran Morgan, Farhaan Augrezeb, Luke Towers, Kyle Towers, Jack Johnson, Will Green, Ben Williams, Kieran Henderson, Morgan Coops, Ben Taylor, Jamie Harding, Daniel Thomas, Ben Guest, Jacob Fewtrill, Will Farr, Luke Trevis, Sam Wager, Will Poland, Luke Brough , Nico Watkins, Billy Green, Jack Bowers.
OCTOBER 21st v NLD @ BURTON RFC
Staffordshire U16s 19 – NLD U16s 17 – Burton RUFC 21st October 2015
Following two late cry offs Staffordshire made a couple of changes from the published team. Morgan Coops came off the bench to replace George Beard who had a sickness bug, Jake O’Toole taking his place on the bench. Will Farr failed to recover from a dead leg picked up at training on Monday so was replaced on the bench by Luke Brough.
The game was kicked off by the visitors from NLD and they put the home side under pressure right from the start, regaining possession before being forced into touch. Staffordshire won the line out but the clearance kick was charged down only for the referee to award a penalty for hands in the ruck. Staffs quickly moved the ball to winger Luke Trevis who showed his pace to take the game into the opposition 22. The referee again awarded a penalty for an infringement in the tackle zone and Staffs quickly took the penalty and the forwards drove over to score the first try, captain Jamie Harding emerging with the ball. Jacob Fewtrill added the conversion.
From the restart Staffordshire ran the ball back at NLD and some good work from the forwards and clever kicking from Fewtrill kept the visitors pinned back in their own half. Staffs were awarded a penalty for a high tackle on scrum half Perryman but the kick did not make touch allowing the NLD winger to kick deep into the home sides half where it was knocked on in the catch.
A series of Staffs infringements allowed the visitors to retain field position and possession for the next 10 minutes. Following some strong lineout drives they moved the ball left and it looked like they had scored until the referee arrived to see they had been caught and grounded 5m short. Staffs continued to defend but also continued to give away penalties culminating in a yellow card for Keiran Henderson who was adjudged to have cynically prevented the opposition from getting quick ball at the breakdown.
NLD continued to attack but good work by the Staffs forwards led to a penalty for holding on and Fewtrill cleared the ball to touch just inside the visitors half to relieve the pressure. The line out ball was cleanly caught and moved to the centre. Quickly recycled ball allowed Jamie Harding and Ben Taylor to rampage through the midfield before Perryman released the ball down the backs for Luke Trevis to round his opposite number and score Staffs second try. Fewtrill again added the conversion. Half Time Staffs 14 NLD 0.
Things looked promising for Staffs from the kick off as the NLD forwards spilt the ball forward in the catch and the NLD scrum half, strayed offside from the ensuing scrum. The ball was kicked to touch and a catch and drive from the line out followed only for the Staffs breakaway player to become isolated and concede a penalty for holding on. From the penalty the line out was taken but the referee awarded a free kick to NLD, which they quickly took and drove through the forwards deep into the 22. Despite valiant defence by Staffs they were over stretched and NLD went in for their first try. The conversion was missed.
This rallied NLD and they continued to put the home side under pressure with strong driving by the forwards particularly from the lineout. The pressure was telling and Staffs again were pinged for infringements around the breakdown and breaking early from the scrum. Finally poor hands in the midfield turned over possession to NLD in a crucial position allowing their big forwards to put together a couple of impressive drives before moving the ball wide for a score in the corner. The conversion was again missed.
From the restart the visitors gathered cleanly and moved the ball left only for it to be knocked on in the centre. Staffs won the scrum cleanly and the No 8 Broke but was not released in the tackle and the referee awarded a penalty. The ball was kicked to the corner for a line out 5m from the NLD line. The ball was not won cleanly but tapped back by NLD allowing Ben Taylor to dart through the line and pounce on the ball for Staffs 3rd try. The conversion was missed.
NLD continued to pressure the staff’s line in the closing stages of the game but the home side was resilient in defence. It soon became evident however that it was only a matter of time before the visitors would score again and that moment came when from a scrum in their own 22 the Staffs scrum half was penalised for feeding. NLD moved the ball quickly and their forwards drove for the line for the converted try under the posts.
The visitors again knocked on from the restart and Staffs moved the ball from the scrum only to be adjudged holding on in the tackle. NLD took the penalty quickly and moved the ball wide but the home defence was alert driving the winger into touch to the sound of the final whistle and delight of the players, staff and supporters. Final Score Staffordshire 19 NLD 17
Staffs Tries: Harding, Trevis, Taylor Conversions: Fewtrill (2)
Team: Aurangzeb, Steele, Morgan. Acton, Henderson, Taylor, Coops, Harding, Perryman, Fewtrill, Bowers, Wager, Poland, Trevis, Green. Replacements (all played) Johnson, Reynolds, O’Toole, Chitnis, Brough, Kennerall-Walters
OCTOBER 6th v CHESHIRE @ NEWCASTLE RFC
Staffordshire played hosts to Cheshire for the U16s Warm up game held at Newcastle RUFC.
The game was played as 4 quarters to allow the coaches to rotate the 27 man squad and look at players in various positions and combinations.
Staffordshire started well in Q1 and were soon awarded a penalty just outside the Cheshire 22 for sealing off, Will Farr kicking the 3 points. Cheshire were again penalised for poor discipline shortly afterwards but Farr drifted the kick wide of the posts.
Staffordshire worked well through the quarter winning a decent proportion of ball and playing through the phases. From one such phase the ball was moved quickly to Will Farr who cut through the centres to score a well earned try. The conversion drifted wide. 1st Quarter Staffordshire 8 Cheshire 0.
Cheshire started the second quarter strongly and put Staffs under pressure. From a penalty for offside Cheshire kicked to the corner, won a clean lineout and drove over the line to score a converted try.
Staffordshire continued to compete at the breakdown and were next awarded a penalty for Cheshire hands in the ruck. The ball was kicked up to half way but unfortunately Staffs lost the lineout on their ball and Cheshire moved the ball quickly down the backs to the winger who was tackled short. Cheshire recycled the ball and moved it to the centre who broke the tackle to score an unconverted try.
The visiting backs were now starting to show their strength and again attacked down the left corner. Staffs forwards were quick to the breakdown and turned the ball over only to knock it on. From the ensuing scrum Cheshire showed their scrum dominance and drove over to secure a converted try.
2nd Quarter Staffordshire 8 Cheshire 19.
Quarter 3 started poorly with both teams infringing far to often. Cheshire were awarded a penalty for sealing off and took the 3 points.
Staffordshire forwards started then to come in to there own in the loose with a number of driving runs forcing Cheshire on to the back foot. Unfortunately they struggled to retain possession at their own lineout which allowed Cheshire to clear their lines. Finally good work from the Staffs back row took them deep in to the Cheshire Half where Scrum Half Dylan Kennerell-Walters picked up a ball from the back of a ruck and darted over for an unconverted try. 3rd Quarter Staffordshire 13 Cheshire 22.
Cheshire were impressive in the final quarter with excellent handling and decision making creating opportunities. The first try of the quarter coming as the Staffs centre attempted an intercept which created an overlap for the winger to sprint 55 yards to the line before feeding an inside pass to the supporting centre to score an unconverted try.
A couple of minutes later Staffs again mishandled the ball allowing the Cheshire centre to collect the ball and break away to score a try which was this time converted.
Staffs continued to battle bravely but were again guilty of spilling the ball in the tackle giving Cheshire a scrum. The scrum was safely secured by the visitors, moved down the line and kicked ahead by the Cheshire centre. Staffs failed to collect the bobbling ball allowing the chasing centre to pick up the ball and score a great individual try that was then duly converted
Final Score Staffordshire 13 Cheshire 41.
Staffordshire Team: Aurangzeb, Wright, Reynolds, Steele, Towers K, Towers L, Johnson, Morgan, Acton, Green (Will), Henderson, Beard, Harding, Coops, O’Toole, Williams, Guest, Kenerell-Walters, Chitnis, Fewtrill, Green (Billy), Trevis, Bowers, Brough, Wager, Farr, Smith.
Toran Spelman (Blessed William Howard HS & Stafford RFC) has been selected as the only Staffordshire representative in the MIdlands U16 squad which will take part in the Divisional Festival to be held at Moulton College Northamptonshire over the weekend of January 30/Febuary 1st
Staffordshire Under 16's v NLD @ Leicester GS on Sunday the 16th of November.
The second Super Sunday game produced the best performance of the season and closest result for Staffs U16s.
Up against a strong NLD side at Leicester GS, the Staffs team defended strongly in the first half. They were briefly leading during the early part of the second half, before conceding a second try late in the game.
There were a number of changes to the starting XV from the side that had lost to Leicestershire in the previous game. The game started in a similar fashion to the earlier matches. The Staffs were playing most of the game on the back foot and in their own half. They were equally resolute as in earlier in the season, but on this occasion, the opposition were not able to open up the defence to any great extent. NLD did manage one try to end the half leading 5-0.
Playing down the slope in the second period, the Staffs side showed far more attacking intent and were rewarded with an intercept try scored by Max Garnett (QEGS Ashbourne & Ashbourne RFC). The try was converted by Joe Edwards (KES Lichfield & Tamworth RFC).
Leading 7-5, the Staffs side came close to increasing the lead but were out of luck as they attacked the opposition try line.
Towards the end of the game, NLD produced one further move which resulted in a try under the posts which was converted to leave the final score at 7-12 in NLD’s favour.
The performance was far more in keeping with what was expected of the squad who had trained with great enthusiasm during the sessions at Longton RFC.
Leicestershire @ Bromsgrove RFC on Sunday 2nd November KO 3:00pm
Staffs U16s came back from their second heavy defeat against North Mids to put on a spirited second half performance against Leicestershire in the first Super Sunday game at Bromsgrove RFC.
The match against a strong North Mids XV was played under lights at Redditch RFC and produced a similar score line to the one against Cheshire. Although the Staffs team played well in phases, they were simply out gunned by a bigger and more physical combined side, the final score being 52-0 to North Mids.
The match at Bromsgrove against a Leicestershire side who had already won a number of warm up games started with good defence from the Staffs team. However once the Leicestershire side had opened up Staffordshire, they exploited weaknesses to end the half 19-0 to the good. The early stages of the second period followed a similar pattern with Leicestershire going ahead 38-0 before a spirited response brought two converted tries from Staffordshire to make the final score a more respectable
Both tries can from full back Oliver Greensill (Blessed William Howard HS & Stafford RFC), with conversions from fly-half Joe Edwards (KES Lichfield & Tamworth RFC). The encouraging of both the Staffordshire score was the fact that they came from expansive rugby involving linkup between forwards and backs, and passing moves that stretched the opposition defence, before the tries were run in. The fact that the tries came late in the game also suggested that the Staffs side were physically stronger in the later stages, and encouraging sign as they go into the second Super Sunday game against NLD at Leicester GS on Sunday 16th November .
If the side can start the game against NLD as they finished the game against Leicestershire, they are capable of closing the gap between the County sides and again impressing the watching selectors.
Staffordshire U16 team
Staffs U16s renewed their acquaintance with Cheshire after a season’s absence. As we have come to expect from Cheshire, they were a well drilled XV with a powerful pack, with pace and power in the backs.
Staffs were soon 14-0 down through tries scored out wide by a speedy winger and under the posts following a excellent piece of individual play from the no 10.
Had it not been for some excellent defensive play by all of the Staffs XV, the half time might well have been reached with a considerable score against. However t says much about the character of the boys that there was no further score by half time. It was particularly pleasing to see the defensive play of the forwards at and close to the breakdown. The Cheshire forwards were unable to make a lot of progress down the middle of the field and the backs equally did their job when the ball was passed wide.
In attack, Staffs had their moments, but were unable to mount any concerted pressure on the Cheshire line.
The half time brought the usual range of replacements on both sides. It is important to allow as many players as possible to sample this level of County rugby before they face up to their Midlands opponents.
The strength in depth of the Cheshire squad told as the second half was played out. They ran in a further five tries against a tiring Staffs team to run out winners by 43-0.
The final score should not be considered as representative of the effort and performance of individuals within the squad. There is potential for good results in the midlands games and certainly for a number of individuals to catch the eye of the selectors.
The team’s programme continues with a match against North Mids at Redditch RFC on Tuesday 21st November, ko 7-30pm.
This is followed by Super Sunday 1 at Bromsgrove RFC on Sunday 2nd November against Leicestershire, ko 3-00pm.
The second Super Sunday game will be at Leicester GS on Sunday 16th November with the opponents and ko to be decided after SS1.
16 Group Secretary
Sunday 17th November:
The Staffs U16s second Super Sunday game against NLD at Leicester Grammar School on Sunday 17th November ended in a similar score line to the game against Leicestershire.
The Staffs side were forced to defend for long periods in the first half and conceded four tries to turn round 26-0 down.
The second period produced far greater resilience throughout the Staffs side and produced a more even half of rugby. There was one try each in this period, the Staffordshire try coming from second row Sam Lewis (Denstone Coll and Stoke RFC). At the final whistle, the score was 33-5 in favour of NLD.
The selectors called up Ben White (Denstone Coll and Stoke RFC), Simon Mitchell (Newcastle School and Stoke RFC) and Jack Furnival (Newcastle School and Whitchurch RFC) for Midlands training.
We wish them all the best of luck as they try to impress the Midland and England selectors.
Sunday 3rd November:
The Staffs U16s squad went into their first Midlands game against North Mids without the usual warm up match against Cheshire, after Cheshire declined the offer of a game.
This left the selectors with the task of putting out a side to face one of the strongest of the Midland counties with only limited knowledge of the squad and their abilities in match situations.
It was a difficult opening game played at Burntwood RFC. North Mids were stronger throughout and won the game by 58-5, Staffs points coming from a try by wing Levi Davies (Denstone Coll. & Burton RFC). It will be of little surprise if North Mids do not supply a large percentage of the players who will make up this season’s Midlands squad.
The first Super Sunday game at Bromsgrove RFC saw Staffs take on Leicestershire who were beaten twice by last season’s team.
It was a different story this year as the strong running Leicestershire backs were able to find space to run in five tries, three of which were converted to make the final score 31-0.
The score line does not reflect the effort put in by the Staffs side, particularly in the loose were the Staffs pack competed with great determination against bigger opponents.
The Midlands selectors must have been impressed by the commitment throughout the team and we hope this will be reflected in the selection of some of the squad for Midlands training and trials later in the year.
|Luis Evitt||Oliver Rizk|
|Samuel Harrison||Eric Yau|
|Sam Lewis||Caleb Overton|
|Henry Purchase||Ross Bedworth|
|Rory Smithson||George Bradley|
|Joe Gorman||Peter Millward|
|Jack Furnival||Mitch Averis|
|Ben White||Axel Kalling-Smith|
|Toby Marshall||Scott MacMenzie|
|Joe MacMahon||Marco van Deventer|
|Noah Longley||Oliver Bayliss|
M. J. Redfern - 16 Group Secretary