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Sevenoaks U17s 38

Old Northamptonians 10

Sevenoaks RFC U17s side made history yesterday by being the first side from the club to win the National Plate final at Franklins Gardens, home of Premiership side Northampton. This rounds off a magnificent season after being crowned Kent Champions and London and South East Champions.

Playing in a premiership stadium and in front of a large crowd for the first time, Oaks took a while to get used to the size of pitch. Old Northamptonians controlled the play and deservedly scored the first try. Indeed, without some magnificent defence by Jonny Short, Seb Goodhew and Charlie Nohre, it could've been worse. Sevenoaks also lost influential flanker Will De Smith in the first ten minutes to injury. However, his replacement, Tom Naismith, had probably his best game of the season. A Dom Saunders penalty settled the teamís nerves and a superb break out from Jamie Owen and Charlie Roberts led to Dan Foley storming over for the first Oaks try. Although ONs continued to control the ball, Oaks superior fitness and ball handling enabled them to break out and led to a try for Zandy Medhurst. At half time to score was 17 - 5 and the game very much in the balance.

The second half was a different story with Oaks really starting to out-muscle ONs in every facet of the game. Jasper Thompson, Will Hunt and Joe Johnson set up some great forward drives which led to scrumhalf Ollie Shirtcliff setting his back line off and playing some great free flowing rugby. A try from bustling centre George Beale was quickly followed by Jack Walker peeling from a lineout for a further try to put the result out of range for ONs.

Arthur McCormick, Alex Bowles, Fraser Forward and Tom Lonnergan all came on and the side didn't miss a beat, which just shows what a strong squad it is. Matt Gill and Freddie Tan were unlucky not to get on this time but provided great vocal support. A lovely offload from Alex Hadi set up eighthman Josh Pettet who rounded off a great comeback by galloping over and, with Dom Saunders converting all tries, the game ended a convincing 38-10.

So a great season ends and this side have done the club, town and county proud.

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