Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Double Triumph for Boro's Youngsters

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Double Triumph for Boro's Youngsters

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Byline: By Peter Griffiths

What another fabulous weekend it was for junior rugby at Middlesbrough.

The U16s beat Sheffield 22-5 in their Yorkshire Cup semi-finals with tries from Paul Norris, James Hopkin and Ross Mullins while James Muncer put over two conversions and a penalty.

Then the Colts faced Chester in front of a large crowd for their national plate tie.

Right from the kick-off Boro looked ready for the challenge with strong tackles disrupting Chester's play. Captain Tom Rhatigan opened the scoring with a fine individual break. His centre partner Richard Metcalfe scored the second with both being converted by Neil Baggett.

Early in the second half, following a clean lineout catch from Michael Tebbs, the ball was passed to fly half Baggett, who created space to score. Chester came back into the game and played route one rugby through their big pack and forced their way over to score in the corner. However with minutes left, Boro counter attacked through winger Shaun Fields who released back row Tom Verber to set up scrum half Francis van Loo to score. Openside flanker Stephen Hughes-Narborough was particularly impressive in this 28-5 win.

Middlesbrough are at home again in the quarter-finals when they will play Dunlop, a Coventry side currently playing in Warwickshire 1.

REDCAR U-16 travelled to Darlington Mowden Park looking for the first points of their inaugural season.

Fifteen minutes into the match the Redcar lads found themselves 15 points behind, after Mowden scored three tries in ten minutes, courtesy of some slack tackling. Liam Rodgers broke the psychological barrier of the first points with a penalty under the posts and then Redcar began to play with some belief in their ability and stemmed the points flow.

Redcar began the second period as they had finished the first, and came close to pulling back a try with some powerful attacking play in the early stages. The game then became concentrated for a long spell in the middle of the park, where the solid Redcar pack, urged on by man of the match, Michael Tucker, were equal to anything the more experienced, powerful pack of Mowden could throw at them. …

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