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Friday Night Lights in the U18 Premiership

The Under 18 Premiership continues again this weekend, with all but Sale and Exeter in action in the third round.

The West Country derby, Bristol v Bath, kicked the weekend off at noon today, where Bath beat Bristol 31-19. Both went into this one having played two and lost two each, but with a win under their belts now Bath will be looking to kick on.

This evening London Irish host Harlequins and London Wasps make the trip around the M25 to play Saracens at Allianz Park.

London Irish v Harlequins will be particularly eagerly anticipated, both have been in fine form so far, each winning both of their games and in some style. With London Irish particularly impressing having scored 74 points in their opening two games, including a 34-5 victory at Wasps on Monday night.

That was Wasps’ only game of the league so far and their opponents tonight, Saracens, have also only got one game under their belt, a 40-3 defeat – also to London Irish.

Saturday begins at 11am at Malvern Rugby Club, where Worcester will entertain Gloucester. Worcester are yet to fire having been resoundingly beaten in their opening two games, while Gloucester have been looking good, winning both their fixtures.

Arguably the game of the day though will be the Midlands derby between Leicester and Northampton. Tigers won the League at a canter last year and have begun in the same manner this year, giving Sale and Worcester good beatings. Saints will present a tougher challenge though, they too gave Worcester a heavy defeat and they also defeated a very good St Joseph’s College side in a friendly last week.

The weekend’s action is rounded off a little after midday on Saturday when Leeds Carnegie play Newcastle Falcons. Leeds have played just once, last weekend when they lost 24-7 to Gloucester, while Newcastle have played twice and lost twice. However last weekend’s defeat to Sale was as tough as it gets as they mounted an impressive comeback but just fell to a 29-26 defeat.

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Fixtures:

Friday

Bristol 19-31 Bath 12.00 – Filton College

London Irish 13-20 Harlequins 19.30 – Braywick Road

Saracens 14-13 London Wasps 19.30 – Allianz Park

Saturday

Worcester Warriors v Gloucester 11.00 – Malvern Rugby Club

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints 12.00 – Welford Road

Leeds Carnegie v Newcastle Falcons 12.30 – Queen Ethelburga’s College

Last Weekend’s Results:

Exeter Chiefs 53-5 Bristol

Leicester Tigers 64-6 Worcester Warriors

Glocuester 24-7 Leeds Carnegie

Bath 12-29 Harlequins

Newcastle Falcons 26-29 Sale Sharks

London Wasps 5-34 London Irish

Team News:

Bath:

1 Crowther  2 Frost  3 Catlin  4 Rice  5 Ewels  6 Radford  7 Harris  8 Morris-Mean  9 Homer  10 Jennings  11 Mackenzie  12 Clark  13 Kelly  14 Atkins  15 Coulson.

Replacements: 16 Thompson  17 John  18 Lynas  19 Maylam  20 Broom  21 Small  22 Waters  23 Whitely.

London Irish:

1. Jake Waterman (St Pauls Catholic College) 
2. Ollie Adams (St Pauls Catholic College) 
3. Tyler White (St Pauls Catholic College) 
4. Ollie Curry (Captain, St Pauls Catholic College) 
5. Theo Vukasinovic (Reeds’ School) 
6. Ryan Bifield (St Pauls Catholic College) 
7. Greg Brown (St Pauls Catholic College) 
8. James McRae (Eton College) 
9. Conor Murphy (St Pauls Catholic College) 
10. Theo Brophy Clews (Abingdon School) 
11. Harry Lightfoot-Brown (St Pauls Catholic College) 
12. Ross Neal (RGS High Wycombe) 
13. John Williams (St Pauls Catholic College) 
14. Bradley Greer (John Fisher School) 
15. Cameron Cowell (St Pauls Catholic College).

Replacements: 16. Curtis Langdon (St Pauls Catholic College) 
17. George Sewell (St Pauls Catholic College) 
18. Max Hayes (Wellington College) 
19. Charlie Stonehill (St Pauls Catholic College) 
20. Max Berry (St Pauls Catholic College) 
21. Eddie Lewis (St Pauls Catholic College) 
22. Ross Catlin (Wellington College) 
23. Matt Williams (Wellington College).

Harlequins:

Forwards: Wilkey, Adeniran-Olule, Mount, Ibuanopke, Lasis, South, White, Treadwell, Forshaw, Thomas, Cheeseman, Keunan.

Backs: Saunders, Jackson, Marchant, Hogg, Bellamin, Taylor, Sackey, Simmons, Ibitoye, Aspland-Robinson.

Worcester Warriors:

15 Jon Hughes (RGS Worcester)
14 Tom Horward (Warwick School)
13 Matt Edwards (Hartpury College)
12 Max Himbury (Worcester Sixth Form College)
11 Ryan Scott-Young (Worcester Sixth Form College)
10 Luke White (Bromsgrove)
9 George de Cothi (Warriors);
1 Joe Wrafter (Hartpury College)
2 Callum Young (Bromsgrove)
3 Trae O’Sullivan (Worcester Sixth Form College)
4 Andrew Kitchener (Adams Grammar)
5 Jamie Clegg (Bromsgrove)
6 Huw Taylor (Old Swinford Hospital, Captain)
7 Sam Smith (Old Swinford Hospital School)
8 Andrew Boyce (Warriors).

Replacements: 16 Will Priestly (Warwick School)
17 Joe White (Worcester Sixth Form College)
18 Charlie Robinson (Bromsgrove)
19 Miles Edwards (Worcester Sixth Form College)
20 Will Elt (King’s School Worcester)
21 Ben Williams (Worcester Sixth Form College)
22 Jamie Shillcock (Warwick School)
23 Scott Smith (Worcester Sixth Form College).

Northampton Saints:

15 Tristan Rawcliffe 14 Josh Skelcey
13 Howard Packman
12 Rotimi Segun
11 George Wacokecoke
10 Harry Mallinder
9 Cameron Lee-Everton 
1 Jake Byrne
2 James Fish
3 Oli Lamprell
4 Jordan Onojaife
5 Josh Peters
6 George Cox
7 Lewis Ludlum
8 Ollie Lyons.

Replacements:
16 Owen Griffiths 17 Harrison Marshall
18 Karl Wilkins 19 Will Allman
20 Michael Morris
21 Conor Bullivant
22 George Furbank.

Leeds Carnegie:

1. Lewis Boyce
2. Jack Walker
3. Charlie Capps
4. Dan Preston-Routledge
5. Guy Borrowdale
6. Raffen Cherrington
7. Josh Bainbridge
8. Tom Burridge
9. Jack London
10. Max Green
11. Dan Tai
12. Max Wright
13. Cam Leadley
14. Nick Rawsthorne
15. Taylor Prell.

Replacements: 16. Jordon Poole
17. Toko Tedoradze
18. Will Scholey
19. Harry Wales
20. Jimmy McDaniel
21. Tom Bullough
22. Ben Magee.

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