The third round of the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League took place this weekend and saw 2022 get off to a fantastic start for the stars of the future.
There was some fantastic rugby played across the six games as spectators were treated to seeing the next generation of top players strut their stuff despite the inclement weather conditions.
Three sides extended their unbeaten starts to the season, Sale Sharks, Saracens, and Harlequins, Sale Sharks going head to head with another of the sides that had begun the weekend unbeaten, Northampton Saints.
There was also a first victory of the season for Bath, on the same weekend that their 1st XV also sealed their first victory, while Leicester Tigers also sealed a first win of the season, on the same weekend that their 1st XV lost their unbeaten record, Worcester Warriors also claimed a first U18 victory of the campaign.
Saturday saw Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons go head to head in the North Pool in an absolutely fantastic contest that saw the two sides barely able to be separated, Tigers just winning out 27-24 for a first victory of the campaign ahead of next weekend’s home game against Yorkshire Academy. It was a tough loss for Falcons, who now head to unbeaten Sale Sharks next weekend.
Worcester Warriors also claimed a first victory of the campaign, heading to unbeaten Wasps and sealing a hugely impressive victory, 24-14, ahead of their home game against Northampton Saints next weekend, Wasps will have a bye.
On Sunday it was the big unbeaten head to head between Sale Sharks and Northampton Saints, but in the end it was an incredible performance from Sale Sharks that saw them secure a stunning 45-19 victory. Saints stuck at it, but brilliant performances from the likes of Charlie Wardle at 10 saw Sale looking utterly irresistible. Sale will be feeling fantastic ahead of next week’s game against Newcastle, while Saints will surely be keen to bounce right back against Worcester.
Bath sealed a first victory of the campaign on Saturday and what a game to do it in as well, against Exeter Chiefs. They won 26-12 to leave them bouncing ahead of next weekend’s game against London Irish, while Exeter face the tricky task of a game against Harlequins, who are looking rampant.
As part of that rampant Quins form, the South West London side travelled to Kingsholm to take on Gloucester and put in a stunning 47-12 performance to make it two wins from two ahead of that game against Exeter. For Gloucester it’s a third defeat from three, ahead of next week’s bye.
Saracens, like Quins, also remain unbeaten and made it three from three on Saturday with a tight 17-14 victory over London Irish, a second close defeat on the spin for Irish. Saracens next week head to Bristol Bears for an all-unbeaten head to head, while London Irish will be off to Bath.
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Round 3 Results and Team News:
Newcastle Falcons 24-27 Leicester Tigers
Sale Sharks 45-19 Northampton Saints
Wasps 14-24 Worcester Warriors
Yorkshire Academy – Bye
Bath 26-12 Exeter Chiefs
Gloucester 12-47 Harlequins
Saracens 17-14 London Irish
Bristol Bears – Bye
15 Ben Redshaw, 14 Nathan Greenwood, 13 Jez Civil, 12 Will Hindle, 11 Tom Burton, 10 Harry Williams, 9 Ben Douglas, 1 Micky Rewcastle, 2 Charlie Smith, 3 Morgan Hall, 4 Finn Baker, 5 Luke Coulston, 6 Braemar Murray, 7 Ewan Venerus, 8 Zach Oldham.
Replacements: 16 Jacob Oliver, 17 Isaac Keller, 18 Sam Birkbeck, 19 Ayden Knott, 20 Will Murray, 21 Freddie Nickalls, 22 Oz Roberts, 23 Toby Ferguson.
15 George Loose (Gresham’s), 14 Alexander Garrett (Denstone College), 13 Oscar van Deventer (Denstone College), 12 Joseph Woodward (Brooksby Melton College, captain), 11 Samuel Jacques (Brooksby Melton College), 10 Ben Taylor (Oakham), 9 Matt Durbridge (Brooksby Melton College), 1 Tom Wand (Brooksby Melton College), 2 Charlie Barraclough (Denstone College), 3 Oliver Crane (Oakham), 4 Finn Carnduff (Leicester Grammar), 5 Dan Ormerod (Oakham), 6 Simon Koroiyadi (Trent College), 7 Joshua Manz (Northampton School for Boys), 8 Chester Owen (Brooksby Melton College).
Replacements: 16 Max Nolan (Brooksby Melton College), 17 Jack Hurst (Brooksby Melton College), 18 Nathan Hind (Brooksby Melton College), 19 George Perkins (Denstone College), 20 Oliver Arnold (Uppingham), 21 Oscar McCarthy (Leicester Grammar), 22 Kian Carter (Brooksby Melton College), 23 Malelili Satala (Brooksby Melton College).
15 Leo Zheng, 14 Ben Verbickas, 13 Aaron Pope, 12 Ben Motamed, 11 Efan Edwards, 10 Charlie Wardle, 9 Will Wootton, 1 Jack Ellam, 2 Harry Thompson, 3 Patreece Bell, 4 Will Riley, 5 Ellis Causey, 6 Yande Nkonge, 7 Tristan Woodman, 8 Huw Davies (c).
Replacements: 16 Charlie Bancroft, 17 Gareth Parry, 18 Theo Bishop, 19 Paddy Jones, 20 Tom Campbell, 21 Kieran Kerr, 22 Fin Rogers, 23 Henry Harper.
15 Jody Devine (Samuel Whitbread Academy), 14 Ethan Thorne (St Joseph’s College), 13 Toby Cousins (Oakham), 12 Archie Kean (Royal Hospital School), 11 Frankie Sleightholme (Northampton School for Boys), 10 Toby Thame (Radley College), 9 Harry Hall (Ipswich), 1 Callum Smyth (Bedford), 2 Will Baker (Stamford), 3 Nicholas Tarr (Marth Rutherford), 4 Carn Richards-Farr (Birchwood High), 5 James Bennett (Bedford), 6 George Lavender (Colchester RGS), 7 Ted Reid (Colchester RGS), 8 George Patten (Northampton School for Boys, captain).
Replacements: 16 Yuijan Zou (The Perse), 17 Sam Ferrari (Samuel Whitbread Academy), 18 Dave Bennett (Rugby), 19 Aiden Kabi (Oundle), 20 Henry Pollock (Stowe), 21 Kieran Gilmour (Bedford), 22 Tommy Taylor (Rugby), 23 Ewan Baker (Stowe).
15 B Kucera, 14 E Rokodrava, 13 R Sweeting, 12 W Evans, 11 S Sinclair, 10 J Annand, 9 M Winterburn, 1 C Aitchison, 2 H Silman, 3 J Farmer, 4 M Hornby (c), 5 L Jones, 6 R Logan, 7 G Ward, 8 B Pogson.
Replacements: 16 A O’Driscoll, 17 R Marsh, 18 C Bell, 19 Z Newcombe, 20 O Blunsom-Washbrook, 22 S Browning, 23 C Mason, 23 J Randall.
15 Jack Kinder (Solihull), 14 Ollie Smith (Hartpury College), 13 Will Pugh (Stourport High, co-captain), 12 Archie Jones (Stourport High), 11 Alex Wills (Hartpury College), 10 Jack Condliffe (Stourport High), 9 Alex Terry (King’s Worcester ), 1 Lewys Walsh (Hartpury College), 2 Loic Keasey (RGS Worcester), 3 Will Couch (Hartpury College), 4 Will Chater (King’s Worcester), 5 Harvey Cuckson (Ellesmere College), 6 Will Owen (Ellesmere College), 7 Owen Boxall (Bishop Vesey’s Grammar), 8 Theo Mayell (Monmouth, co-captain).
Replacements: 16 Ethan Allen (Stourport High), 17 Aaron Hackett (Stourport High), 18 Finn Haynes (Stourport High), 19 George Boyle (King’s Worcester), 20 Sam Hawes (King’s Worcester), 21 Woody Facey (Hartpury College), 22 Billy McDonough (Bromsgrove), 23 Dan Chambers (Stourport High), 24 Billy Emerick (Stourport High).
15 James Redman (Beechen Cliff), 14 Byron Lloyd-Gilmour (Marlborough College), 13 Will Parry (Sherborne), 12 Sam Harris (Millfield, co-captain), 11 Max Ashton (Beechen Cliff), 10 Raff Weston (Beechen Cliff), 9 Ieuan Davies (Millfield), 1 Tom Hill (Wells Cathedral), 2 Max Pearce (Millfield, co-captain), 3 Billy Sela (Beechen Cliff), 4 Eddie Erskine (Millfield), 5 Max Jenkins (Millfield), 6 George Timmins (Millfield), 7 Archie McKibben (Millfield), 8 Kacey Pike (Beechen Cliff).
Replacements: 16 Tommy McLean (Beechen Cliff), 17 Max Surry (Downside), 18 Ellis Baker (Millfield), 19 Alex Salah (KES Bath), 20 Jack Haythornthwaite (Beechen Cliff), 21 Sam Curwen (Millfield, 22 Rory Crum (Beechen Cliff), 23 JJ O’Connell-Wozniak (Beechen Cliff).
15 Dan Hamilton-Strong, 14 Jack Statton, 13 Louie Drennan, 12 George Edson, 11 Jude Baker-Hands, 10 Nat Dart, 9 Morgan Stone, 1 Joe Thomson, 2 Pete Harris, 3 Tom Gulley, 4 Jago Sheppard, 5 Joe Bailey (c), 6 Barnaby Elderkin, 7 Seth Findlay, 8 Ellis Kershaw.
Replacement: 16 Henry Roberts, 17 Jack Ballett, 18 Archie Rolls, 19 Jake Salvi, 20 Will Saltmarsh, 21 Joe Walker, 22 Matt Smale, 23 Sam James.
15 Will Gilderson, 14 Nathan Thomson-Lee, 13 Dave Samak, 12 Tom Riman, 11 Ioan Jones, 10 Keillen Cullen, 9 Joe Adams, 1 Tom Cabot, 2 George Merritt (c), 3 Henry Pearson, 4 Sam Anson, 5 Mikey Nixon, 6 Freddie Stevens, 7 Casey Williams, 8 Tom Worts.
Replacements: 16 Fred Ma’a, 17 Will Hurn, 18 Sam Vince, 19 Jack Hall, 20 Rhys Ford, 21 Stan Folks-Underhill, 22 Archie Hossack, 23 Ben Peters.
15 Josh Bellamy (Trinity), 14 Ollie Bailey (Trinity), 13 Ben Waghorn (John Fisher), 12 Ludo Kolade (King’s Canterbury), 11 Finn Tawse (Wellington College), 10 Sean Kerr (Whitgift), 9 Charlie Clare (Brighton College), 1 Jack Wadman (Seaford College), 2 Jack Doorey-Palmer (Worthing College), 3 Caleb Ashworth (Gordon’s), 4 Jonny Green (Seaford College), 5 Harry Browne (Brighton College), 6 Jonathan Smith (Brighton College), 7 Seb Driscoll (Whitgift), 8 Zach Carr (Dulwich College).
Replacements: 16 Will Ayton (Wellington College), 17 Claudius Wheeler (St Paul’s), 18 Theo Martin (Gordon’s), 19 Tom Golder (Gordon’s), 20 Ben Elsey (Gordon’s), 21 Murdoch Lock (Wellington College), 22 Guy Rogers (Gordon’s).
15 Jack Cullen (St Albans), 14 Micaal McFarlane (Skinners’), 13 Tyler Weeks (Sutton Valence), 12 Tobias Elliott (Berkhamsted), 11 Charlie Reynolds-West (Oaklands College), 10 Harry Legg (Simon Langton), 9 Charlie Bracken (St Albans), 1 Freddie Chapman (Oaklands College), 2 James Isaacs (Berkhamsted), 3 Charlie Keith (Berkhamsted), 4 Anthony Mark (Ashford), 5 Max Eke (St George’s, Harpenden), 6 Barnaby Merrett (Sutton Valence), 7 Luca Fahy (Berkhamsted), 8 Nathan Michelow (Sutton Valence).
Replacements: 16 Alex Witchell (Langley Park), 17 Ikhi Osebor (Haileybury), 18 Tony Erhawah (St Olave’s Grammar), 19 Olamide Sodeke (Gravesend Grammar), 20 Kennedy Sylvester (Simon Langton), 21 Jacob Ray (Sutton Valence), 22 Tom Barton (Sutton Valence), 23 Toby Clinch (Finborough).
15 George Cubitt Makepeace (Henley College), 14 Matt Salisbury (Bishop Wand), 13 Oscar Daniel (Mill Hill), 12 Connor Cross (Hampton), 11 Sam Rockley (Bishop Wand), 10 Rory Taylor (Wellington College), 9 Ollie Allan (Bishop Wand), 1 Tolii Reeves-Hall (Bishop Wand), 2 Rhys Day (Epsom College), 3 Afolabi Fasogbon (Bishop Wand), 4 Oliver Stirling (Harrow), 5 Jarlaith Gleeson (City of London Freemen’s), 6 Roman Barton-Knott (Bishop Wand), 7 Louie Kirkham (Bishop Wand, captain), 8 Kade Bird (Epsom College).
Replacements: 16 Thierry White (Wellington College), 17 Oran Murphy (Hinchley Wood), 18 Kassim Dawud (Bishop Wand), 19 Connor O’Byrne (Wellington College), 20 Will Dempster (Claire’s Court), 21 Oscar Grantham (Bishop Wand), 22 Solomon Arbuthnot-Whittaker (Wellington College).
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Round 2 Results:
Leicester Tigers 15-33 Sale Sharks
Northampton Saints 36-19 Yorkshire Academy
Wasps 20-14 Newcastle Falcons
Worcester Warriors – Bye
Bristol Bears 25-3 Gloucester
Harlequins 21-17 London Irish
Saracens 39-12 Bath
Exeter Chiefs – Bye
Round 1 Results:
Northampton Saints 36-22 Leicester Tigers
Worcester Warriors 13-40 Sale Sharks
Yorkshire Academy 0-36 Wasps
Newcastle Falcons – Bye
Bath 12-27 Bristol Bears
Exeter Chiefs 12-46 Saracens
London Irish 41-17 Gloucester
Harlequins – Bye
Leicester Tigers v Yorkshire Academy – Saturday 15th Jan, 5pm, Loughborough Uni
Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons – Sunday 16th Jan, 2pm, Heywood Road
Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints – Sunday 16th Jan, time TBC, Sixways
Wasps – Bye
Bath v London Irish – Saturday 15th Jan, 12.15pm Chippenham RFC
Bristol Bears v Saracens – Saturday 15th Jan, 1.30pm, Dings Crusaders
Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins – Saturday 15th Jan, 12pm, Truro College
Gloucester – Bye
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors – Saturday 22nd Jan, 2pm, Kingston Park
Wasps v Northampton Saints – Saturday 22nd Jan, 2pm, Aylesbury RFC
Yorkshire Academy v Sale Sharks – Sunday 23rd Jan, 3pm, Keighly RUFC
Leicester Tigers – Bye
Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester – Saturday 22nd Jan, 2pm, Truro College
Harlequins v Bath – Saturday 22nd Jan, 2pm, Venue TBC
London Irish v Bristol Bears – Saturday 22nd Jan, 1pm, Hazelwood
Saracens – Bye
Newcastle Falcons v Yorkshire Academy – Saturday 5th Feb, 2pm, Kingston Park
Sale Sharks v Wasps – Sunday 6th Feb, time TBC, Manchester Met Uni
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers, Saturday 5th Feb, 2pm, Sixways
Northampton Saints – Bye
Harlequins v Bristol Bears – Saturday 5th Feb, 2pm, Cobham RFC
Gloucester v Saracens – Saturday 5th Feb, 2pm, Cheltenham Tigers
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs – Saturday 5th Feb, 1.30pm, Hazelwood
Bath – Bye
Leicester Tigers v Wasps – Saturday 12th Feb 5pm, Welford Road
Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons – Saturday 12th Feb, 2pm, Franklin’s Gardens
Yorkshire Academy v Worcester Warriors – Saturday 12th Feb, 2pm, Doncaster Knights
Sale Sharks – Bye
Bristol Bears v Exeter Chiefs – Saturday 12th Feb, Dings Crusaders
Gloucester v Bath – Saturday 12th Feb, 2pm, Kingsholm
Saracens v Harlequins – Saturday 12th Feb, 1pm, StoneX
London Irish – Bye
Finals Day: Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th February – Venue TBC (7 games)