Durham County U15s triumphant away to Northumberland in opening fixtures
Durham County U15s secure two convincing wins away to rivals Northumberland, to end their winning streak at Alnwick RFC.
Durham Princes and Bishops took to the road to make their way north to take on the Northumberland Reivers and Jacobites.
In the first game, Northumberland Reivers welcomed the Princes to the sunny Alnwick grounds for what turned out to be a fast running game of rugby, resulting in a 62-21 victory for the visitors.
Durham U15s 2017/18: Princes Team photo after Northumberland victory
Phil Lax, Durham County U15 Team Manager said: “There was lots of excellent play throughout the game.
“The Durham lads turned up focussed and ready to play”
Durham asserted dominance early, through their forwards before shipping the ball out quick to Jake Anderson to score the first of his two tries.
Other tries came from; Ewan Greenlaw (2), Oliver Stables (2), Jakob Ogundipe, Tristan Somersall and Thabo Dube.
Durham’s Tyler Hepple converted six of the ten tries scored by the visitors to extend their lead.
Lax added; “To Northumberland’s huge credit, they kept battling and scored three tries, all of which were converted.”
Following in the footsteps of the Princes, the Bishops dominated the score board in the second game, recording a 55 – 7 win over the Jacobites.
Due to having the delayed kick off time, the Durham Bishops got off to a slow start.
Lax commented; “They took a few minutes to find their feet, but once they did they displayed some exceptional rugby with pressure in defence.”
The Durham Bishops tallied up nine tries against the hosts, with points coming from; Archie Thompson (2), Michael Graham (2), Oscar Jacques (2), Aiden Young, Evan Lawther and Sam Turnill with Joe Dufton scoring ten points from his boot.
Durham U15s 2017/18: Durham Bishops team photo after Northumberland victory
Lax said: “For a first game together, to accumulate 19 tries and only concede four across the two fixtures, shows the tremendous talent and dedication of the players.
“It is also credit to the new coaching set up, Philip Shaw, John Forester, Pete Addison and Rob West, who were deservedly a very happy group of coaches.”
The next fixture will see the sides travel to Cumbria for their re-arranged fixture on Sunday April, 8 at Kendal RUFC.
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