The Aviva A League returned last night, and where previously it has been a very tight league, this week every game that went the distance had a thoroughly one-sided look to it at the end.
The phrase â€˜that went the distanceâ€™ is necessary because London Irish A v Harlequins A had to be abandoned at half time after a power cut meant that the floodlights stopped working. Harlequins led 12-7 at the break, but unfortunately the half time abandonment meant that many of the youngsters on each bench did not get there chance to shine.
Elsewhere though, every winning team scored over forty points, with Bath United and Worcester Cavaliers both passing fifty.
Leicester Tigers A v Bristol United was the first game to kick off, Leicester named a highly experience side, Freddie Burns was at flay half for instance, having had a very sloppy start to the campaign, while Bristol had stuck to their usual youthful side â€“ that Burns was opposite Callum Sheedy, just out of Millfield School, showed the experience gulf across the field. That was reflected in the result, with Leicester winning 41-3.
Worcester Cavaliers built themselves a huge lead at the top of the Northern Conference with just one game remaining as they beat second placed Newcastle Falcons A, who were level on points with them at the top at the start of play, by a stunning 59-11 scoreline and securing top spot for the play off semi finals unless some freakish scorelines come into play.
The remaining game in the Northern Conference was between Northampton Wanderers and Sale Jets. At the start of play they were 5th and 7th respectively and that was how it remained afterwards with Northampton securing an impressive 41-7 victory, that included tries for the likes of Lewis Ludlum, the England U20s flanker and last yearâ€™s St Josephâ€™s College captain.
In the South Saracens Storm led the way at the start of play, and held onto that lead by quite as distance as they beat a very young Wasps A side 43-17 at Allianz Park, including a try from last yearâ€™s Millfield star, Tom Whiteley, and a brace from England U20 JWC winner and Saracens Storm captain, Maro Itoje.
Bumping themselvesÂ up to second place, albeit nine points behind Saracens, were Bath United, who beat London Welsh 51-14, and that is not the somewhatÂ easier task that it is in the Premiership. Current schoolboy Darren Atkins made his United debut and was by all accounts outstanding, whilst former Sherborne star Will Homer drew great praise form Bath with his kicking display from the tee.
With the final round of A League games to come on Monday evening, the fight for the final play off places remains tight in both leagues, it should be another exciting and youthful evening of rugby.
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Aviva A League Results:
London Irish A 7-12 Harlequins A (Abandoned at half time)
Leicester Tigers A 41-3 Bristol United
Northampton Wanderers 41-7 Sale Jets
Worcester Cavaliers 59-11 Newcastle Falcons A
London Welsh A 14-51 Bath United
Saracens Storm 43-17 Wasps A
15. Cameron Cowell;Â 14. James Short;Â 13. Tom Fowlie;Â 12. Ross Neal;Â 11. Harry Lightfoot-Brown;Â 10. Myles Dorrian (c);Â 9. Connor Murphy;Â 1. Johnny Harris;Â 2. Harry Allen;Â 3. Ken Dowding;Â 4. Theo Vukasinovic;Â 5. Dave Lyons;Â 6. Ollie Currie;Â 7. Greg Brown;Â 8. Armand Roux.
Replacements:Â 16. James Catton;Â 17. Ben Knight;Â 18. Toby Salmon;Â 19. Luke Frost;Â 20. Seb Rodwell;Â 21. Matt Jarvis;Â 22. Tom Chalcroft;Â 23. Ollie Phillips.Â
15 Ollie Lindsay-HagueÂ 14 Charlie WalkerÂ 13 Harry SloanÂ 12 Tom CassonÂ 11 Ugo MonyeÂ 10 Louis GrimoldbyÂ 9 Tito TebaldiÂ 1 Darryl MarfoÂ 2 Rob BuchananÂ 3 Kyle SincklerÂ 4 Stan SouthÂ 5 Sam TwomeyÂ 6 Kieran TreadwellÂ 7 James Chisholm 8 Henry Cheeseman.
Replacements:Â 16 Charlie PiperÂ 17 Seb Adeniran-OluleÂ 18 TBAÂ 19 George MerrickÂ 20 Harry RowlandÂ 21 Jordan BurnsÂ 22 Ross ChisholmÂ 23 Gareth Stoppani.
Leicester Tigers A:
15 Tommy Bell 14 Adam Thompstone 13 George Catchpole 12 Jack Roberts Â 11 Miles Benjamin 10 Freddie Burns 9 David Mele 1 Tom Bristow 2 Harry Thacker (c) 3 Tiziano Pasquali Â 4 Gregory Peterson 5 Tom Price 6 Jack Whetton 7 Charlie Beckett 8 Ed Milne.
Replacements:16 Neil Briggs 17 Aniseko Sio 18 Riccardo Brugnara Â 19 Charlie Harvey 20 Jake Farnworth 21 George Prince 22 Oli Bryant 23 Rhys Williams.
Charlie Amesbury;Â George Watkins,Â Jack Tovey,Â Mark Cooke,Â Ryan Edwards;Â Callum Sheedy,Â Luke Baldwin;Â Matias Diaz,Â Rhys Lawrence,Â Gaston Cortes,Â Chris Pursall (Old Reds),Â Joe Joyce (c),Â Jake Polledri,Â Josh Ovens,Â Ben Skirving.
Replacements: James Stephenson,Â Ollie Streeter (Weston),Â Louis Wolf (Clifton),Â Dale Lemon (UWE),Â Tim Turner,Â Lucas Slowik,Â Elias Caven (SGS Filton).
15 Tom CollinsÂ 14 Josh SkelceyÂ 13 Dom WaldouckÂ 12 Harry MallinderÂ 11 Jamie ElliottÂ 10 Will HooleyÂ 9 Joel HodgsonÂ 1 Ross McMillanÂ 2 Matti WilliamsÂ 3 Tom MerceyÂ 4 Jordan OnojaifeÂ 5 Alex WoolfordÂ 6 Ben NutleyÂ 7 Teimana HarrisonÂ 8 Cam Dolan.
Replacements: 16 Reece MarshallÂ 17 Craig VoiseyÂ 18 Stefan ThorppÂ 19 Tom Taylor-DawesÂ 20 Lewis LudlumÂ 21 Alex DayÂ 22 Sam OlverÂ 23 Rory Hutchinson.
Mark Lawrence, John O’Donnell, Sam James, Sam Bedlow, Phil Mackenzie, Tom Morton, Nathan Fowles, James Flynn, Cameron Neild, George Hymes, Tom Bell, Tom Sanders, Andy Hughes (capt.), Liam Parfitt, Viliami Fihaki,
Replacements: Max Cobilas, Phil Mills, Tom Lanaway, Josh Boland, Mike Quickenden, James Mitchell, Ciaran Connelly, Jack Wise.
15 Ben HowardÂ 14 James StephensonÂ 13 Alex GroveÂ 12 Ravai FatiakiÂ 11 Josh DrauniniuÂ 10 Ignacio MieresÂ 9 JB Bruzulier (c)Â 1 Ryan BowerÂ 2 Niall AnnettÂ 3 Joe ReesÂ 4 Matt PerksÂ 5 Dan SandersonÂ 6 Richard de CarpentierÂ 7 Andrew BoyceÂ 8 Leo Senatore.
Replacements:Â 16 Ben SowreyÂ 17 Jack CosgroveÂ 18 Alex GordasÂ 19 Myles EdwardsÂ 20 Charlie MulchroneÂ 21 Andy SymonsÂ 22 Perry HumphreysÂ 23 Mat Gilbert.
Newcastle Falcons A:
15 Brett Connon 14 Tom Penny 13 Danny Barnes 12 Aniteli Tuilagi 11 Lee Smith 10 Phil Godman 9 Andy Davies 1 Jake Elwood 2 Rob Hawkins 3 Mark Irving 4 Scott Macleod 5 Josh Hedley 6 Sebastian Ferreira 7 Dan Temm 8 Ben Morris.
Replacements: 16 David Nelson 17 Sam White 18 Andrew Adams 19 Harry Snowdon 20 Brian Tuilagi 21 Dan Taylor 22 James Christie 23 Peter Weightman.
London Welsh A:
1. Nathan Trevettâ€¨ 2. Koree Britton â€¨3. Jack Gilding â€¨4. Josh McNally â€¨5. Matt Corker â€¨6. Ben Westâ€¨ 7. Jesse Liston â€¨8. Ben Pienaarâ€¨ 9. Ed Hoadley â€¨10. Will Robinson â€¨11. Sam Isaacs â€¨12. James Tincknell â€¨13. Courtney Morrison â€¨14. Conor Corrigan â€¨15. Ben Summers.
Replacements:â€¨ 16. Mungo Strachan â€¨17. Ian Williamsâ€¨ 18. Jimmy Litchfield â€¨19. Clarke Smithâ€¨ 20. Ollie Stedman â€¨21. Paul Rowley â€¨22. Phil Ellisâ€¨ 23. Charlie Self.
15 Ed CoulsonÂ 14 Darren AtkinsÂ 13 Olly WoodburnÂ 12 Marcus BeerÂ 11 Richard LaneÂ 10 Ollie DevotoÂ 9 Will HomerÂ 1 Beno ObanoÂ 2 Tom DunnÂ 3 Kane Palma-NewportÂ 4 Will SpencerÂ 5 Charlie Ewels (c)Â 6 David SisiÂ 7 Guy MercerÂ 8 Carl Fearns.
Replacements:Â 16 Tom WoolstencroftÂ 17 J.P. OrlandiÂ 18 Dan KeatesÂ 19 Tom EllisÂ 20 Max Northcote-GreenÂ 21 Rory JenningsÂ 22 Adam HastingsÂ 23 Kristian Otto.
15. Catalin Fercu;Â 14. Mike Ellery,Â 13. Tim Streather,Â 12. Thretton Palamo,Â 11. George Perkins;Â 10. Nils Mordt,Â 9. Ben Spencer;Â 1. Richard Barrington,Â 2. Jared Saunders,Â 3. Biyi Alo,Â 4. Maro Itoje (c),Â 5. Hayden Smith,Â 6. Hayden Thompson-Stringer,Â 7. Matt Hankin,Â 8. Nick De Jager.
Replacements: 16. Josh Taylor,Â 17. Jack Culverhouse,Â 18. Billy Walker,Â 19. Mike Tredrea,Â 20. Don Barrell,Â 21. Tom Whiteley,Â 22. Max Malins,Â 23. Nick Tompkins.
1. Alex LundbergÂ 2. George EdgsonÂ 3. Phil SwainstonÂ 4. Will RowlandsÂ 5. James CannonÂ 6. Buster LawrenceÂ 7. Oskar Hirskyj-DouglasÂ 8. Ed JacksonÂ 9. Tom BlissÂ 10. Glyn HughesÂ 11. Josh BassettÂ 12. George EastwellÂ 13. Ollie EvansÂ 14. Tom HoweÂ 15. Piers O’Conor.
Replacements:Â 16. Ian Browne (Guest)Â 17. Tom WestÂ 18. Will TaylorÂ 19. Will Wilson (U18)Â 20. Mike Dewar (U18)Â 21. James Small-Edwards (U18)Â 22. TBCÂ 23. Shaquille Jack (Guest).