Category Archives: U14s Match Reports 2016/17

U14s successful in County Cup qualifier

2016/2017 Gloucestershire County Cup
Pool 5
Round 2

Stroud u14- 0
Cheltenham Saracens u14- 57

Remember Remember the 6th of November!
This was the day that the Sarries Pups put on a display!

We travelled to Dudbridge Hill to face an unknown entity in Stroud so the plan was simple, stop them scoring and we’d only need 1 score to win the tie. The boys certainly did that!

The early stages were evenly contested up until Kian picked the ball up and went on one of his great runs beating the Stroud boys with quick feet and pace, eventually halted in their 22 where he popped the ball to our own rocket Joe who went over for the opening score on 2 minutes, Keane added the extras. 0-7.
5 minutes later and Joe was over again in the corner, this time unconverted. 0-12.
Some resolute defence and tackling in midfield by the back row trio of Adam, Alex and Noah made sure the Stroud half backs weren’t able to get too far with their sniping from breakdowns, combined with big hits from Charlie and a last ditch tackle by Harry kept out the boys in blue and white. With our defensive shape looking a little lost we needed to get hold of the ball and that’s exactly what Kian did on 17 minutes, he lit up the game and got the crowd gasping with another fantastic run from inside his own half, taking on and beating defender after defender, turning them inside out. He was eventually caught about 10 metres from the posts, once more the Sarries support was on hand to retain possession and with Fred supplying Keane onto Joel to allow Joe to go over in the corner for an unconverted try. 0-17.

Our forwards were doing a great job against a bigger pack with Ryan and Leo fronting up with Sam and Charlie assisting from the engine room, this helped Thomas to take a couple against the head, which was a brilliant effort especially as his opposite number was already hooking before the ball was anywhere near the tunnel.

A period of loose play and handling errors by both sides interrupted a day of running rugby, when our own George North stopped a Stroud player in his tracks and virtually picked him up and ran him back towards his own line, Charlie and the back row turned the ball over, presented it to Fred who let it go into the hands of the backs, straight down the line to Taylor who was over next to the flag in the left hand corner but was to be denied by an earlier infringement that nobody knew about due to the referee’s whistle being a damp squib.

Fast forward a couple of minutes and with a slight bit of indecision from a set piece near the 5 metre line nearly stopped a score but the ball again found its way to Joe who ran round under the sticks for a converted try to end the half.
HT- 0-24

The second half saw the return of Mr.T who had been out for a few weeks with a hand injury, he replaced Leo and slotted into the front row as if he hadn’t been away, also the smiling Jaden came on for Taylor who picked up a slight knock.
10 minutes into play and our very own human wrecking ball (Charlie Maker) went on a trade mark marauding run, leaving Stroud defenders trailing in his wake, after about 40 metres past the gain line he was eventually stopped and let the backs have a run, with more great handling and territory gained the ball was picked by Thomas and with a defender or 2 to beat he touched down right next to the left hand upright to make it an easy kick for Keane. 0-31.

Just 3 minutes later and a jinking run by full back Harry, piercing the defence to allow Joel to cross in the corner for an unconverted try. 0-36.

Now the gaps were appearing and getting bigger for the dominant Sarries attack so this was the perfect time to introduce Harvey back from his 2 month absence with a rib injury, he took over from the very impressive Fred at scrum half who took his place at full back with Harry going into the centre.

The final 5 minutes saw 3 more Sarries tries from Joe, Joel and Fred. All were successfully converted to give the boys from KGV a 0-57 win!

I would like to say that even though the Sarries notched up a large score, Stroud never gave up and should be commended for their attitude up to the final whistle!

That said, our boys were very good today with another shut out that pleased the coaches above all.

Every single Cheltenham Saracen u14 deserves a pat on the back for their performance which made the decision for MOM too difficult to give to just 1 player so the accolade this week goes to Fred and Charlie who have set themselves high standards and really raised their game this season.

A big mention goes to Jason Robinson sorry, Kian and obviously Joe with his 5 tries!

Outstanding performance by Pups

The Sarries boys were told at the team talk we were missing arguably some of our best tacklers, but to their credit not only did they meet the challenge, they surpassed expectations with a fine display coming out 24-0 victors.

The Sarries defence from the kick off was organised, disciplined and solid; whereas our attack was clinical, aggressive and flowing, and the pace set meant the opposition were always backtracking. But for a multitude of last ditch tackles from Thornbury the score could easily have been double the four try haul.

From the outset surging runs made by man of the match Kian were a fantastic sight paying back the coaches intuition by giving him the no.15 jersey. In addition to some crunching tackles in the middle of the field, he didn’t waiver when left as the last man.
Not bad for a lad who started playing rugby a matter of months ago!
The first of his two tries was scored by determination and pace that pierced the defence on 9 mins, stepping a couple of players and dropping a shoulder into a defender and diving over the line. Importantly it paved the way for the team to have faith in winning even though we had a skeleton squad of barely 16 with a few playing out of position.

The belief continued with the centres combination of Harry and Cole gaining quality yards every time the ball was span wide. Barring a couple of different decisions in the heat of battle they could have bagged a couple of scores each. Both keen to penetrate the defence they set up countless attacks. None the less, they would not have been in such space if it wasn’t for a near faultless display from Kean who bossed the game at ten with quick and decisive ball. He had a great game and really shone today. The wingers, Jaden and Taylor (The Ninja!), weren’t to be undone and threatened with some cracking runs of their own. A good defence by the Bristolians stopping at least two definite tries in each half.

Now, Lodgey and anyone who would listen to him… would have us believe it’s all about the forwards; and in today’s game he wasn’t far off the mark as strikes against the head by Tank (Thomas) were frequent, and in failing that, an 8 man drive stole the ball from Thornbury on numerous occasions at scrum time.
The backs gained most of their ball this morning from the endeavour and hunting nature of our hungry pack. In addition the lineout was always quick and accurate with quality ball supplied, and when spoiling was called for, the boys didn’t disappoint forcing the opposition 9 to make poor decisions under pressure.

A first half highlight was a 5mtr lineout front peel feeding back to Tank & was a joy to watch – bar a blade of grass on the whitewash, it would have been a training ground dream !

I’m not sure how but the first half ended with the Sarries only 7-0 up. Now the fear was that we would switch off as we had done in previous games.

However, we needn’t have worried as following stern words in the huddle the boys got hungry & gave the opposition even less ball in this second period. Charlie had another great game in attack, and defence, and the stealing from Leo, Adam and Ryan was great to see.

The forwards continued as they left off and it was evident when the decision to run a maul from an early line out we maintained the upper hand as territory was never hard to win with some good body positions and a surprised opposition in retreat.

The same power from our leg drive also saw off any resistance at many of the rucks with Sam Budge, Ryan and Toby bossing the game with some good dog along with clever thinking and quick hands from Adam and skipper Noah jackling like good back row were born to do. In fact every time there was a breakdown, the hunger from the lads came through and the chance of a steal was snapped up. It was from such a turnover around the 4th min and quick ball pickup saw Charlie mash his way through the Bristol defenders and there was only one winner from 10 metres out with a lovely try giving us a 14 -0 lead.

Of course without sniping runs and quick distribution from Fred, many of the attacks would have been thwarted early on, but a good sports brain and the fact he’s developing into one of those annoying scrum halves (cheers Pross..!) denting the oppositions defence with quick ball and good decisions from the boot or hand.

The next try followed just a couple of minutes later after a team effort from start to finish with a turnover ball scruffily won then smoothly distributed to the backs well worked and supported that used interplay between Harry and Jaden with Kian running a cracking line creating an overlap for his second.

With further changes seeing Cole leave the field and the pack rearrange to release Growler into the backs at centre where he showed us some of those quick feet he loves to use, more akin to Strictly (!) he had great change of direction and Guscott-ess in its effectiveness. In fact the last was scored by him but this was a shorter crash-through try, well deserved and capped a nice way to spend a Sunday morning.

Pups win battle over Bredon

Within three minutes of the start, Bredon put the first score on the board with a try, swiftly followed by another. With one of these converted, Bredon had the upper hand at 12-0.

This seemed to be the wake-up call that the Sarries needed who started to put their game plan into action. On the 22nd minute a try was scored by Joe which was converted by Keano.

Half time 12-7 to Bredon.

Sarries started the second half as they had finished the first with Kian scoring in the 39th. With the match all square at 12 each, Bredon stepped up the pressure again and put in two quick tries to lead 24-12.

Once again this kicked the Saracens into life who now started to play some outstanding rugby. Growler scored a try on 49 minute making the score 24-17 and then, in quick succession, Joel scored in the 53rd. Match all square again at 24-24. Joe and Growler added to their tally with Joe rounding off the match with a try converted by Keano. 

Final score Bredon 24-43 Saracens

Difficult County Cup opener for U14s

Cheltenham Saracens U14’s 7
Longlevens RFC U14’s 35

On a sunny Sunday morning, Sarries kicked off their county cup campaign at home to Longlevens.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to score, after a quick runner danced his way through. The conversion was short, keeping it at a five point score.

cc2 The opening stages saw Longlevens take the game to Sarries. Piling the pressure on hard, asking questions of the home defence. The pressure paid as Sarries struggled to make gains deep in their own half and were penalised for holding on at the ruck. Longlevens tapped the penalty and the visitors extended their lead with another unconverted try.

The teams kicked the ball to each other in the following stages as neither side could organise but Longlevens saw themselves adding more points from the tee, as a Sarries man was penalised at a ruck. The kick saw Longlevens extend their lead 0-13.

The rest of the half saw the game break down with both teams camping down in the middle of the park. Longlevens managed to add to their total while Sarries were down to 14 men due to injury. The visitors scored under the posts after strong, persistent phases. The kick was good as the final play of the half.

Half time: Saracens 0-20 Longlevens.

Longlevencc1s strong runners proved just too strong again as they started the second half strongly. It didn’t take long to add to their total, as a well worked backs manoeuvre opened a hole in the defence for the runner to hit through for an unconverted try. 0-25.

Sarries responded well to this early setback and they built phases in the opposition half. Banging on the door, they worked phases patiently, drawing mistakes from the Longlevens defence. Charlie Maker opened Sarries scoring, after a tap penalty and strong runners was too much for the visiting defence. Fly-half, Keane Mazoweic, kept his cool and slotted his kick to give Sarries a possible way back into the game.

Longlevens pressured the Sarries line, winning a penalty. The resulting lineout and maul saw Sarries steal the ball but the kick away saw Longlevens run it back. The resulting play saw Sarries carry it over the deadball area and tap down, giving Longlevens a 5m scrum. The pressure of the patient phases paid off and they scored in the corner, unconverted. 7-30.

cc3With the play breaking down to a battle in midfield again, and last play called by the referee, Longlevens stole a Saracens scrum and sort to add to their score line. The pressure of the organised backs moves saw the visiting attack go over and score. Again it was unconverted, and the match ended 7-35.

Man of the match: Charlie Maker and Kian Fraser.
Special mention to Aiden for solid defensive work.