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Kesteven Colts 19 Stamford Colts 7

Kesteven hosted a quality Stamford Colts side at Woodnook on a cold

but sunny Sunday. The Stamford side included 2 Northampton academy

players who have also been involved with England training camps.

Kesteven fielded a colts side bolstered by 3 of last years colts.

The first half was fairly even , Stamford perhaps just taking the

edge with some organised play and good attacking moves one of which was

stopped metres short of the Kesteven try line by a fine Jordan Hughes

cover tackle. Good clearance kicks by Jack Berry, Curtis Dingley and Zak

Douglas also managed to keep Stamford at bay.

After a squad talk at half-time which highlighted a few problem

areas,Kesteven came out for the second half with a better game plan of

controlled phase rugby, this produced the 1st try of the day after some

slick passing left Hughes to go over in the corner. Stamford then came

back and attacked the Kesteven line for a good period of time and they

eventually scored from a good backs move ,the try was converted which left

Stamford 7-5 up.

This score certainly had an effect on Kesteven who upped their game

and started to attack from numerous positions on the pitch, this

stretched the Stamford defence and 2 well taken individual tries from Tom

Price and Dan Turner, both converted ,took the final score to 19-7.

Kesteven were impressed with the Stamford side and they look forward

to playing them again in 2 weeks. For Kesteven it was a very good team

performance with fine displays from all the players, worthy of

particular mention would be Jordan Hughes with another outstanding performance

at No7,Jamie Flear playing out of position in the centre, John Hall

with some very aggressive running, altogether a fine team effort.

Odams, Turner, Purvis, Braybrook, Shields, Hughes, Sayle, Smith

Cluse, Dingley, C.Berry, J.Berry, Douglas, Hall, Price (c)

Replacements; Bowles, Jones

TIGGERS 2008

Under 11s

Ks 41 Bourne 5

Tiggers travelled to Bourne on a lovely sunny morning in February; however all didnt go according to plan, as the pitch was regarded as being dangerous to play on as it was still thawing out.

During this time Andrew Singer kept the sixteen members of the squad warmed up, whilst the spectators cheered them on drinking hot drinks and munching on rolls!

At 11:30 am a decision was made to play, with the necessary safety rules being communicated to both teams by the Referee, as the playing surface was still a bit slippery.

The first half saw Ks always in the Bourne half, apart from kick offs.

Daniel Singer went over within the first two minutes, forcing his way through the Bourne defence to open the scoring. Jake Lund converting, gave Ks a 7-0 lead.

Ks showed some good passing movements, which found Ben Ellis out on the wing to score his first try for the Tiggers, Jake Lund converting to make it 14-0.

Ks pack was no match for Bourne, and once again the forwards pushed back the Bourne defence, for Daniel Singer to score his second try. Cameron Frankcom this time took the conversion kick; dually slotting it between the uprights to give Ks a half time lead 21-0.

The second half kicked off, Ks once more taking the lead through Ed Bloodworth.

The coaches gave several players during this half an opportunity to take the conversion.

However, there was to be no more points from conversions during this half, as all the conversions were narrowly missed.

There was also the opportunity to alternate players from the centre to wing and vice versa during this half.

The pack of Adam Sharpe, Ed Bloodworth & Daniel Singer, pushed Bourne all over the place. The pressure told, as Adam Sharpe scored Ks Fourth try.

Ks were now storming through the Bourne defence, with further push over tries from Ed Bloodworth & Adam Sharpe giving Ks a 41-0 lead.

Always in control, Ks as they always seem to do, took their eye off the ball, which saw Bourne knocking on the Ks tryline for the last four minutes. Persistence paid off, and Bourne went over to score a consolation try, although they were unable to convert.

The final score was 41-5, although had the conversions gone over, and Josh Adams not being penalised for a hand off at the Bourne tryline, the result would have been far greater.

Taking nothing away from Bourne, they battled hard and deserved their try, but in the end it was the forwards day.

This was just the type of result that the Tiggers needed, bouncing back from their two defeats last week, ready to take on Newark next week, ready to avenge defeat!

Squad who travelled to Bourne:

Joshua Adams, Josh Allen, Ed Bloodworth, Andy Cartwright, Edward Cole, Sam Danford, Ben Ellis, Cameron Frankcom, Alex Harrod, Jake Lund, Alfie Moore, Callum Pearl, Thomas Rigby, Joseph Ryder, Adam Sharpe, Daniel Singer,

Coaches: Richard Bloodworth, Andrew Singer.

Sunday 17th February 2008

Kesteven V Oundle U14

Away at Oundle

Kesteven opened the score line 10 minutes in as James Whitty crossed the try line after a powerful drive by the Ks pack his conversion sailed a yard wide of the posts. 2 minutes later Callum Jackson hacked the ball forward which was chased down and grounded by Sam Woolley 5 yards to the right of the posts, a clean conversion by Will Cann added another two points. Oundle attacked back with vigour but 3 minutes later Ks punished them again as James Whitty broke away on the right wing and sprinted hard to place the ball under the posts to allow Will Cann a straight conversion kick. Ten minutes from half time a quickly recycled ball and fast passing opened up winger Will Bolus who blistered down the left handing off two players to ground the ball in a good position for Jack Danford to convert.

Half time score Kesteven 26 Oundle 0.

Oundle started the second half and pressed forward into Ks half but were quickly pushed back into their own as Ks forwards showed immense power as they drove the maul up to Oundle's 5 yard line, the ball dropped into a ruck and was recycled back to Connaugh Pearce who forced his was across the line to open the scoring in the second half, Will Canns kick drifted just wide to the left. Oundle piled on the pressure again for the next 10 minutes but were not able to break through the line of black shirts. A very skilful kick forward by Will Cann was chased down by Will Bolus who scored the try under the posts, Jack Danford placed the kick straight for an extra two points. Oundles try came as they battled up the pitch to release their No.14 who made a great run on the right wing for five points but their No.10 was unable to reach the posts as the ball fell short. Just five minutes from the final whistle and Ks James Whitty claimed his third try after some fantastic cross field passing opened him up on the right wing to close the scoring as the kick was unconverted.

Final scoreKesteven 43 Oundle 5

Ks forwards dominated the pitch and kept possession for most of the match which gave our backs the chances to score points which they did very well.

It was a pleasure for us all to see just what you guys can achieve when you all work together as a team, Oundle were no pushover and continued to play hard right to the end which showed great team spirit and was fantastic to see but it was your team commitment that won you the game we still have some tough matches coming up, if we can keep up he hard work the team can claim some well earned payback! WELL DONE BOYS!

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