Junior Rugby Round-Up
JUNIOR RUGBY Under-7 ELY Tigers travelled to St Neots for a mini-tournament at the weekend. They drew one match and lost the other three, but all were closely contested. Ely scored 14 tries in their four matches, with honours spread around the team. El
ELY Tigers travelled to St Neots for a mini-tournament at the weekend.
They drew one match and lost the other three, but all were closely contested.
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Ely scored 14 tries in their four matches, with honours spread around the team.
Ely Squad and tries scored: Robert Armer (5), Tabitha Butler, Kallum Mulhall, Matthew Melloy (5), Ralph Lawrence, Andrew Needham, Jacob Freer (1), Sarah Matcham (1), David Fitzgerald, Casim Shirley, Josh Dawes (1), Fred Butler, and Daniel Dicks (1).
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Ely Tigers 4 St Neots 3
ELY travelled to St Neots for three games of well-contested rugby.
The bigger pitch tested them, but their backs showed promise with good runs from deep - notably Anthony Riches in the first game and Callum Augustus in the second. St Neots proved too strong though, and were victorious in both games despite an excellent try by James Armer.
As on many occasions this season, Ely moved up a gear and dominated their opposition in the third game.
Their forwards retained good ball for the backs to run at a wilting St Neots side, and the pressure resulted in tries for Ryan Maton, Callum Augustus (2) and Harry Alexander.
Man of the Match: Macaulay Milnes.
Newmarket 10 Ely Tigers 43
A great team performance saw Ely triumph against their Newmarket rivals.
Winger Ollie Watts opened the scoring with a great try, and the visitors put their hosts under continual pressure thanks to the front row of Adam Featherstone, Alex Paks and Henry Baker, who were ably supported by replacement Max Brady.
Looking solid on their own scrum ball and consistently winning ball against the head, Ely created a platform for Theo Ogier to lead the pack - and the team - from the front.
Newmarket responded with a try, but a great break from James Adams and Dan Malem left the fly-half clear to score Ely's second towards the end of the half.
The flanker combination of Anthony Foss, replacement Liam Cooper and Alex Colah put pressure on the home half-backs, consistently starving them of possession, and Ely's pack continued the good work after the break.
The second-row pairing of Dale Taylor and Hugh Smith - who was immense in the line-out - ensured that the ball consistently came back on the Ely side and saw the visitors pull clear in the second half.
Jake Peattie (2) - who along with Fabio Falter was strong in defence - Malem, Featherstone and Taylor all went over as Ely outscored Newmarket 5-1 in the second period, but wingers Jack O'Connor, Harry Atkinson and Watts were influential with their running and tackling, whilst Callum Walker cut good lines from full-back.