Staffs U16 v Cheshire
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.