Youthful Bath United give schoolboys a chance in Somerset rout


A Bath United XV packed full of recent school leavers and a couple of current schoolboys beat a Somerset XV by a stunning 72-7 at the Rec last night.

Current Millfield School star Darren Atkins and last year’s St Joseph’s College flyer George Wacokecoke were the stars of the show, scoring seven of Bath’s twelve tries between them.

They started one the wings, with another former Millfield man, Richard Lane, starting at full back.

The Bryanston School leaver, second row Charlie Ewels, who is one of the real emerging forces in English rugby, led the team, with his former school teammates Rory Jennings and Max Clark starting at fly half and outside centre respectively. All three are England U20 internationals.

Between them was another current schoolboy in this youthful Bath side, Kingswood’s Owen Waters, with the former Sherborne pupil Will Homer completing the backline. It was some sharp work from Homer that released Wacokecoke for Bath’s first score, one of three first half tries for the winger, whose second was set up by young Waters, his third being a long range solo effort.

The backs were the dominant try scoring force in the first half, Max Clark also scoring, while Darren Atkins scored a beauty, rounding the Somerset wing before breezing into the opposition half jinking past any would be tackles and accelerating away to score. Stunning stuff from a current schoolboy.

That gave Bath a 29-0 half time lead, and that was soon to become 36-0 when David Sis scored the first try of the game for a Bath forward. He started the game at number 8, with Guy Mercer a openside and the current Merchiston Castle pupil Zach Mercer at blindside.

Charlie Ewels captained the side from second row, where he was joined by Dauntsey’s School’s Josh Rice, while in the front row the double Schools Cup winner with Dulwich College, Beno Obano, started at loosehead, one of the stars of the LV=Cup, Tom Dunn, at hooker and Jake Caulfield at tighthead.

Further tires then followed from substitute Sid Blackmore as well as another from Wacokecoke, before Atkins scored another sensational try to take the Bath score beyond fifty, followed by a lovely score for Kingswood’s Waters.

Homer shortly got in on the act before Atkins completed his hat-trick to complete the scoring, with Bath United taking a 72-7 victory over Somerset.

The bench included plenty of school players, amonf them Filton College’s Dan Frost, Hartpury College’s Sid Blackmore, Atkins’ Millfield colleague Adam Hastings, Charlie Morris-Mean, and the former Woodhouse Grove pupil, Jack Maplesden.

Final Score: Bath United 72-7 Somerset XV

Bath United XV:

15 Richard Lane

14 Darren Atkins

13 Max Clark

12 Owen Waters

11 George Wacokecoke

10 Rory Jennings

9 Will Homer

1 Beno Obano

2 Tom Dunn

3 Jake Caulfield

4 Josh Rice

5 Charlie Ewels (c) 

6 Zach Mercer

7 Guy Mercer

8 David Sisi


16 Dan Frost 
17 Greg Palmer
 18 Alex Wood
 19 Alex Humpfrey 
20 Sid Blackmore 
21 Jack Maplesden 
22 Adam Hastings 23 Jack Evans
 24 Charlie Morris-Mean.

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