Tries galore in a thrilling weekend in the U18 Premiership

The third round of the U18 Premiership is all wrapped up and there were some outstanding games of rugby throughout the weekend.

It all started on Friday at midday with Harlequins v London Irish. Both sides went into the game with a win and loss each but it was London Irish who doubled their number of wins, beating the hosts 22-10 at Surrey Sports Park.

That game was followed up on Friday evening by a cracker between Wasps and Saracens at Braywick Road. Wasps had lost to Bath in the opening round but beat London Irish last week, while Saracens had won their opening game and had beaten Northampton Saints in a friendly last weekend too. They maintained that unbeaten run, coming out as the 34-27 winners in a real try-fest.

That high points scoring was a trend that would continue into Saturday, beginning at Dean Close School, where Gloucester beat Worcester Warriors 39-20, making it two wins in a row for the South West side.

The bid East Midlands derby weekend between Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers kicked off with the U18s game ahead for the senior fixture at Franklin’s Gardens, with the A teams meeting on Monday night.

Saints were the dominant side in the U18 game, beating Tigers 38-5 to secure the bonus point, and inflicting a first defeat to the season on Leicester.

Arguably the game of the weekend though was Newcastle Falcons v Yorkshire Carnegie. Both sides were without a win ahead of the game and played out an absolute thriller as they sought to secure that first victory. Eventually it was to go Newcastle’s way by just two points at 36-34.

There were plenty of tries over at Millfield School, where Bath were hosting Bristol. Josh Bayliss led Bath on his home turf, and what a day he was at the helm for as they streaked away to a 46-3 victory, their second win of the campaign.

The league takes a break for a week before returning for the first weekend in January, with another round the following weekend.

U18 Premiership Fixtures:

Friday

Harlequins 10-22 London Irish

Wasps 27-34 Saracens

Saturday

Gloucester 39-20 Worcester Warriors

Northampton Saints 38-5 Leicester Tigers

Newcastle Falcons 36-34 Yorkshire Carnegie

Bath 46-3 Bristol

Teams:

Harlequins (from):

Forwards:

Gratton, Head, Ugodulunwa, Hadfield, Obano, Gasson, Hunt, Okafor, Thomas, White, Richardson, Keunan, Lamb-Cona.

Backs:

R.Morley, Nicole, S.Morley, Simmons, Brinkley, Ibitoye, Sackey, Bellamin, Kitto, Aspland-Robinson.

London Irish:

1. Freddie Boyce  2. Curtis Langdon  3. Tyler White  4. Patrick McPherson  5. Charlie Stonehill  6. Isaac Curtis-Harris  7. Jack Ingall  8. Luke Frost  9. Callum Watson  10. Theo Brophy-Clews (c)  11.  Joe Cokanasiga  12. Sam Telling  13. Cameron Smith  14. Roman Malin-Hiscock  15. Matt Williams.

Replacements: 16, Toby Hill  17. Matt Kouris  18. Johnson Chandigere  19. Angus Southon 20. Jarad Leat  21.Ben Holt  22. Eddie Lewis  23. Conor Burns.

Wasps:

1. Charlie Perkins (Henley College) 2. Jamie Cox (Abingdon) 3. Cecil McCarthy (Henley College) 4. Jack Holford (Abingdon) 5. Ehize Ehizode (St Benedicts) 6. Jacob Turner (Henley College) 7. Mike Dewer (Abingdon) 8. Will Wilson (Wellington College) 9. James Small-Edwards (St Paul’s) 10. Harry Sheppard (Wasps Academy) 11. Caleb Shepherd (Henley College) 12 Connor Eastgate (Henley College) 13 Conor Dolan (c) (Wellington College) 14 Callum Sirker (Harrow) 15 Owain James (Harrow)

Replacements: 16 Rauf Birler (Henley College) 17 Karl Garside (Oaklands College) 18 Curtis Reynolds (Oaklands College) 19 Will Glover (Harrow) 20 Scott White (Henley College) 21 Alex Crocker (Henley College) 22 Mike Marsden (RGS High Wycombe) 23 Josh Amadi (Hampton).

Saracens:

1.Taylor Reed 2. Harrison King 3. Billy Walker 4. Danny Cutmore 5. Jacob Moody 6. Alex Munday 7. Aiden Scanlan 8. Ben Earl 9. Alex Patton 10. Max Malins 11. Ewan Dickson-Earle 12. Fili  Savou 13. Dom Morris 14. Alex Gilham 15. Matt Gallagher.

Replacements: 16. Marcus Brown 17. Hayden King 18. Aston Leston 19. Hamish Hughes 20. Ethan Waddleton 21. George Jackson 22. Josh Wright 23. Tom Ffitch.

Gloucester – N/A

Worcester Warriors:

15 Harry Robinson  14 Max Himbury  13 Will Hollis  12 Will Butler  11 Ciaran Wardle  10 Jamie Shilcock  9 Jacob Ham  1 Joe White  2 George Newman  3 James Page  4 Myles Edwards  5 Justin Clegg  6 Zac Xiourouppa  7 Jordon Ansile  8 Max Hill.

Replacements:  16 Will Priestley  17 Charlie Robinson  18 Seb Dean-Smith  19 Ben Davies-Moore  20 Tom Ford  21 Luke White  22 George Trimmer  23 Alex Nisbett.

Northampton Saints:

15 Shaw; 14 T Segun, 13 Hamilton, 12 Hutchinson, 11 R Segun; 10 Haldane, 9 Morris; 1 Palmer, 2 Fish, 3 Jeannot, 4 Trinder, 5 Hawkins (c), 6 Cardall, 7 Allman, 8 Cox.

Replacements: 16 Davison, 17 Marmion, 18 Byrne, 19 Carter, 20 Watson, 21 Richardson, 22 Grayson, 23 Mallinder.

Leicester Tigers:

15 Sutton; 14 Odogwu, 13 Worth (c), 12 Umaga, 11 R Olowofela; 10 Hargreaves, 9 Prince; 1 Jack, 2 Nairn, 3 Tuilagi, 4 Green, 5 Harvey, 6 Poole, 7 Priestly-Nangle, 8 Murrin.

Replacements: 16 Evitt, 17 Charters, 18 Galletly, 19 Hutchinson, 20 White, 21 Yawayawa, 22 J Olowofela.

Newcastle Falcons – N/A

Yorkshire Carnegie:

1 Charlie Capps  2 Harry Newborn  3 Will Dennis  4 Raffen Cherrington  5 Will Bowie  6 Lewis Wilson  7 Jordon Poole  8 Brandon Staples  9 Max Green  10 Sam Allan (c)  11 Dan Tai  12 Tom Bullough  13 Ben Winterburn  14 Tom Gorman  15 Ben Smith.

Replacements:  16 Luke Chadwick  17 Joe Raddings  18 James Sanderson  19 James Pinder  20 Nathan Barker.

Bath:

1. Vaughan  2. Frost  3. Carter  4. Bayliss (c)  5. Britton  6. Denness  7. Blackmore  8. Morris-Mean  9. Bailey  10. Hastings  11. Martin  12. Waters  13. Mackenzie  14. Lewis  15. Graham.

Replacements:  16. Starks  17. Oghre  18. Outlaw  19. Vecchio  20. Morris  21. Gapper  22. Hamilton  23. Rees.

Bristol (from):

Forwards:

Gompels, Mustoe, Joseph, Watson, Appleton, Harvey, Cooksey, Hartshorne, Ball, Ryan, Lemon, Capon, Gannaway.

Backs:

Boyland, Fournier, Haywood, Hydleman, Newey, Daly, Caven, Clements, Leyden,  Owsley.

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