Staffordshire Under 17/18 Group
U18 programme will run from October 31st until the 13th January 2019
U17 programme will run from 20th January 2019 until 28th Aril 2019
2nd December 2018 against NLD at Coalville result Staffs 38 NLD 46
Video : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g4qczAv6M4Y
The game was the first Super Sunday held at Coalville RFC on a wet December morning.
The Staffordshire Boys started very well against a well drilled and competitive NLD squad and scored a good early try by the forwards which was converted. NLD responded with pressure and scored 2 tries one of which was converted. The half time score was 19 points to NLD and 7 points to Staffordshire.
Both teams put on 7-8 players at half time in accordance with the half game rule, Staffordshire adapted the quickest to the changes scoring 2 tries 1 of which was converted increasing the score to 19 points to 19 each, NLD responded with 2 tries and 1 conversion increasing the score to 31 points to 19. Staffordshire put on pressure and were awarded a try which was again converted.
With only 6 minutes remaining the score was 31 points NLD and 26 points Staffordshire. Staffordshire in the closing minutes lost 2 key forwards on yellow cards which gave NLD the edge resulting in a further 3 tries none of which were converted. It was a game which was a much closer than the final score suggests. Credit to before sides for some excellent Rugby and an entertaining game.
Given it was the first occasion some of the Staffordshire U18 had played, it was a solid performance which the squad can build on for the next 2 Super Sundays.
16th December 2018 against East Midlands at Wellbeck College kick off 1200hrs
13th January 2019 at Loughborough University kick off to be confirmed
Assessment day w/c 21st January 2019
U17 game against Leicestershire at Hinkley on 20th March 2019 kick off 1930hrs.
U17 game w/c 1st April NLD to be confirmed
U17 game 28th April Cheshire Confirmed in Staffordshire 1400hrs kick off
Staffordshire U18 and U17 Delivery Team 2018-2019
Coaches Forwards Tom Williams and Dave Lehman
Backs Simon Jones and Jeff Howard
Team Manager Stephen Eastwood