Durham U16s injuries affect squad resulting in one win and one defeat
Pictured: (left) U16s Princes, U16s Bishops (right)
After a joyful start to the season, Durham U16s were halted at home to Northumberland when injuries took their toll resulting in one win and one defeat.
Durham Princes came out with a marginal victory over Northumberland Jacobites winning 10-5. Tries came from Leon Turnbull (Durham City RFC) and man of the match Matthew Price (Barnard Castle School).
Pictured: Princes in action
Phil lax, Team Manager said: “We have a lot of highs and lows to take from today both as a coaching team and the players themselves.
“They can go away and self reflect and it will only makes us stronger in our next test.”
On the flip, it seemed Northumberland Reivers found a greener side to the grass winning 38-0 against Durham Bishops.
Bishop boys, Max Thompson (Stockton) and Ethan Crawford (Bishop Auckland) made a bright start but were stopped just short of crossing the line.
Northumberland were well drilled which aided their response. They scored against the run of play and extended their lead repeatedly.
Lax added: “Our boys never got back in their stride and tried to force things which ended up in mistakes.
“Northumberland were strong and well practiced giving them an edge to take advantage with.
“We were really affected by injuries in the Bishop Squad.
“As a coaching team we have a tough decision ahead to pick a 30 man training squad for the upcoming Yorkshire game.”
Coaches noted a special mention to County U15 players: Louie Groark, James Pearson and Owen Chaplain who stepped up and played really well.
Durham U16s next take on Yorkshire U16s at Ryton Rugby Club on February, 19. TTBC.
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