London & South East U16s were the only English side to secure a victory in the second day of the BMW Wellington International Festival yesterday.
The day began with the North U16s taking on Scotland U16s. The North had begun the Festival well, beating France West 15-0 on Sunday, while Scotland had drawn with Wales Druids.
However it has Scotland who seized the initiative on Day Two, putting the North under all manner of territorial pressure during a lengthy first half period before the scoreboard became troubled.
When eventually it was troubled is was inevitably from Scotland who raced out to a 26-7 lead with some truly outstanding play and four tries from Bruce Sorbie, Sam Yawayawa, Charlie Shiel and Tom Klein, guided by the Man of the Match, fly half Gregor Haldane.
England had the last say of the game though through a second try from Jordon Olowofela, leaving the game at North U16s 14-26 Scotland U16s.
Whilst that game was going on the South West U16s were looking for their first victory of the Festival after going down 43-12 to Wales Celts. They took on a France East U16s side who had squeaked to victory of the Midlands U16s on Sunday, 14-12.
There was to be no such squeaking to victory this time though, France East absolutely blasted their way to victory, beating the South West U16s 44-0 â€“ an utterly dominant display.
The South West stuck at their task admirably though, with several players impressing ahead of the combined fixtures on Saturday.
Having seen the devastation that France East caused the South West, the Midlands would have headed into the following game, v Wales Druids, feeling pretty good about themselves having only lost by two points to the French side on Sunday.
The Druids will have had a decent amount of confidence too after the dayâ€™s early results though, they had drawn with Scotland on the opening day, so to see Scotland play so well against the North U16s will have left the Druids feeling that they are very competitive.
It seemed that perhaps they were not though during the first half of this game though as the Midlands ran in two excellent tries from Charlton Kerr and Harry Robinson to give themselves a 10-3 half time lead.
They continued with that fine form at the start of the second half as Robinson went over for a brilliant second try, just managed to dot down a clever grubber though before it crept out of play, fending off the defensive cover brilliantly in the process.
That seemed to act as some kind of inspiration for Wales Druids though, the young Welshmen raised their performance levels immeasurably, causing chaos at the breakdown and playing with a ferocity in Midfield that belied their years.
Their efforts were soon rewarded with a try for scrum half Efan Jones, a typical scrum halfâ€™s try as he sniped around the fringes to dot down underneath the posts.
The Druids kept plugging away and with just minutes left on the clock they were rewarded with a second try as Cameron Lewis barged through the Midlands defence and levelled the scores at 15-15, giving the Druids their second draw in two games.
That left the London & South East U16s with the task of trying to secure the only English victory of the day when they took on the Wales Celts at 16.00.
Both sides had enjoying thumping victories on the opening day, the Celts had won 43-12 against the South West, while London & South East had beaten Italy U17s 38-5.
Tries from Ben Kelland, Will Kaye, and two excellent Callum Sirker tries gave London and South East a 24-5 half-time lead and had many imagining that there would be a huge score posted by the end of the game, such was the level of the English sideâ€™s play.
However in the second half the Celts came absolutely flying out of the traps, tries from Keelan Giles and Ioan Nicholas, added to Steffan Gibbonâ€™s first half effort brought the score to 24-19 in the English sideâ€™s favour and left a tense final fifteen minutes to be played out.
Both sides put everything into it but a Sam Morely penalty for London & South East stretched the scoreline out to 27-19 to take the game away from the Celts, giving London & South East the only English victory of the day.
The final day of the Festival, on Saturday, sees the English sides combine into effectively England U16 A, B, C, and D, while France combine to from France U16 and France U16 A, while the Welsh, Scottish, and Italian sides remain as they are.
BMW Wellington International Festival Fixtures & Results:
North U16 15-0 France West
Midlands U16 12-14 France East
London & South East U16 38-5 Italy
South West U16 12-43 Wales Celts
Scotland U16 29-29 Wales Druids
South West U16 0-44 France East
North U16 14-26 Scotland U16
Midlands U16 15-15 Wales Druids
London & South East U16 27-19 Wales Celts
10.00 England Roses U16 v England Lions U16
12.00 England Saxons U16 v Scotland U16
12.00 Wales Druids v France U16
14.30 Wale Celts v France A
14.30 England U16 v Italy U17
1. George Armstrong (Woodhouse Grove)Â 2.Â Ben Gregory (Deanery High)Â 3.Â Adam Mohammed (Gosforth)Â 4.Â Max Davies (Sedbergh)Â 5.Â Will Bowi (Guiseley)Â 6. Lewis Wilson (Woldgate College) Â 7.Â Ben Curry (Bishop Heber)Â 8.Â Matt Peakman (Kingâ€™s Macclesfield)Â 9.Â Will Hodgson (Kingâ€™s Macclesfield)Â 10.Â James Grayson (Northampton School For Boys)Â 11. Connor Stewart (Whitney Bay High School)Â 12. Jack Beevers (Caldy Grange Grammar)Â 13.Â Â Jordon Olowefela (Lincoln Minster)Â 14.Â Â Armani Roberts (Bishop Heber)Â 15. Ben Stevenson (Yarm).
Replacements: 16. George Williams (Fallilbroome)Â 17. Jamie Blairmire (Stainburn)Â 18. Will Dennis (Selby High)Â 19. Elliot Ward (QEGS Wakefield)Â 20. Charlie Gowling (Sedbergh)Â 21. Tom Curry (Bishop Heber)Â 22. Josh Wright.
1. Jamie RossÂ 2. Graham AllanÂ 3. Ewan Malloch,Â 4. Hamish HorneÂ 5 Andrew HorneÂ 6. Kenneth DrummondÂ 7. Ben ScoularÂ 8. Lloyd ClarkÂ 9. Gary MunroÂ 10. Gregor HaldaneÂ 11. Thomas KleinÂ 12. Ewan Fox (c)Â 13. Gregor PaxtonÂ 14. Sam YawayawaÂ 15. Bruce Sorbe.
Replacements: 16. Ralph JohnstonÂ 17. Paul CairncrossÂ 18. Calum EastwoodÂ 19. Alan GregoryÂ 20. George BlackwellÂ 21. Matthew FagersonÂ 22. Charlie ShielÂ 23. Charlie LongerganÂ 24. Mark NewÂ 25. Ross McCannÂ 26. Aaron Tait.
South West U16s:
1.Â Sam Miller (Wallingford)Â 2. Jake Anderson (St.Edwardâ€™s, Oxford)Â 3. Will Vaughn (Heathfield Community College)Â 4.Â Jack Holford (Abingdon)Â 5. Ross BarnesÂ (Pittville)Â 6.Â Zak Smith (Prior Park)Â 7. Jack Ingall (Wellington College)Â 8.Â Josh Bayliss (Millfield)Â 9.Â Matt Marsh (Stowe)Â 10. Jacob Atkins (Forest)Â 11.Â Dan Beachus (Cheltenham College)Â 12.Â Michael Marsden (John Hampden)Â 13.Â Mason Tonks (Dene Magna)Â 14.Â Aaron Chapman (Kingâ€™s College Taunton)Â 15. Sam Telling (Abingdon).
Replacements: 16. Liam HilliarÂ 17. Gabriel Oghre Â 18. Marcus Street Â 19. Charlie Fethney Â 20. Matt Solway Â 21. Declan Matthews Â 22. Jack West Â 23. George Clair Â 24. Fergus Hamilton.Â
1.Â Seb Deans-Smith (Charlton School)Â 2.Â David Hickey (Bedford School)Â 3.Jake Charters (Oakham)Â 4.Â Toby Hutchinson (Longfield Academy)Â 5.Â James Newman (Kingâ€™s Grantham)Â 6. Zac Xiourouppa (Ellesmere)Â 7.Â Charlie Morgan (Solihull)Â 8. Zac Poole (De Aston School)Â 9.Â Ben White (Denstone College)Â 10.Â Matt Riddington (Oakham)Â 11.Â Harry Robinson (The Chase)Â 12.Â William Butler (Hereford Cathedral)Â 13.Â Tosin Segun (Stowe)Â 14.Â Adam Shaw (Princethorpe)Â 15.Â Charlton Kerr (Stowe School).
Replacements: 16. George CaveÂ 17. Henry WalkerÂ 18. Joseph MorrisÂ 19. Kailus HutchingsonÂ 20. Jake CarterÂ 21. Ben FowlesÂ 22. Joshua NottÂ 23. Jacob Umaga Â 24. Fergus Hamilton.
1. Corey Hewlett Â 2. Wade Langley Â 3. Ben Warren Â 4. Shane Lewis Hughes Â 5. Ceri Sylvester Â 6. Ashley Gibson Â 7. Lloyd Pike (c) Â 8. Morgan Morris Â 9. Efan Jones Â 10. Callum Price Â 11. Mike Wallis Â 12. Declan Williams Â 13. Owen Lane Â 14. Llyr Davies Â 15. Tom Howell.
Replacements: 16. Corrie Tarrant Â 17. Rhys Carre Â 18. Jordon Davies Â 19. Jack Pope Â 20. Will Jones Â 21. Harri Randall Â 22. Cameron Lewis Â 23. Gethin Gibby Â 24. Garin Lougher.
London & South East U16s:
1. Â Seb Brownhill (Richard Hale)Â 2.Â Harrison King (Fitzwimarck)Â 3.Â Tom Simmons (Chislehurst & Sidcup GS)Â 4. Lars Heidrich (St.Paulâ€™s)Â 5.Â Nick Isiekwe (Nicholas Breakspear) Â 6. Matt WatsonÂ 7. Will Glover (Harrow)Â Â 8. Scott Griffin (RGS Colchester)Â 9.Â Freddie Hatton (Rodding Valley HS)Â 10.Â Jake Duffield (Langley)Â 11.Â Toni Kuku (Stowe)Â 12.Â Roman Malin Hiscock (Hampton)Â 13. Reuben Bird-Tulloch (Eltham College)Â 14. Callum Sirker (Harrow)Â 15.Â Will Kaye (Hautlieu).Â
Replacements: 16. Zack Santos (Hampton) 17. Matt Kouris (Wavell School)Â 18. Jack Longhurst (Fitzwimarck)Â 19. Sam Morley (Whitgift)Â 20. Ben Kelland (Royal Hospital)Â 21. Gabriel Ibitoye (Trinity)Â 22. Ben Earl (Tonbridge)Â 23.Â Isaac Curtis-Harris (Fort Hill)Â 24. Jack Holford (Abingdon)Â 25.Â Dan Wheatley (Steyning Grammar)Â 26. Ehren Painter (Felsted).
Â 1. Steffan Gibbon (Gowerton)Â 2.Hugo Souto (Corpus Christi)Â 3.Joel Edwards (Rhymney Comp)Â 4.Â James Ratti (Bishopston)Â 5.Â Max Williams (St.Josephâ€™s High)Â 6. Liam Hayes (Denbigh High)Â 7. Owain Ellis (Ysgol Llanhari) Â 8.Josh Reid (Clifton College)Â 9.Â Tom Lucas (Cowbridge Comp)Â 10. Zac Byard (Pontypridd High)Â 11. Patric Lewis (Lewis School)Â 12.Â Ioan Nicholas (Maes Y Gwendraeth)Â 13.Â Ellis Jones (Caerleon Comp) 14. Keelan Giles (Goweton Comp)Â 15. Tom Sheppard (Ysgol Gyfyn Cymer).
Replacements: 16. Harri DoddsÂ 17. Jordan LineyÂ 18. Johnathan CloutÂ 19. Jack CambrianiÂ 20. Callum BradburyÂ 21. Phil JonesÂ 22. Cameron GibbonÂ 23. Jared RosserÂ 24. Declan SmithÂ 25. Joe Thomas.