Cup double for juniors
ROYSTON Rugby Club under-10s secured their second piece of silverware of the season by winning the prestigious Wendens Ambo trophy at the weekend. Royston were undefeated throughout the tournament and amassed an amazing 80 points whilst conceding no sco
ROYSTON Rugby Club under-10s secured their second piece of silverware of the season by winning the prestigious Wendens Ambo trophy at the weekend.
Royston were undefeated throughout the tournament and amassed an amazing 80 points whilst conceding no scores, on their way to five victories against strong opposition from throughout the region.
The hard work began with a victory against a committed Wendons second team. Scores from Robbie Murdock and Sydney Edney calmed early nerves for the young Crows, before cantering to a comfortable 20-0 win.
Next up were a physical Saffron Waldon team. Royston worked a series of promising field positions and only last ditch defending kept the score level.
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The deadlock was finally broken when Murdock and Copeland linked to drive the ball to the Waldon line where Aaron Simms plunged over for the deciding score.
Royston secured top spot in their pool with a comfortable 30-0 victory against Shelford II with tries from Edney, Murdock, Segameglio, Finlayson and Florence Jones.
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The semi-final saw Royston pitched against Ambo's second team. Both teams started very nervously, and it was Royston who absorbed the early pressure. Strong defence from Finlayson and Segameglio fed turnover ball to Edney who streaked down the wing to open the scoring.
This was just the lift Royston needed, and the forwards began to win a stream of quality possession. With all the ball, the Royston backs started to find the gaps and raced through for further tries for Harry Wilson, Edney and Murdock.
The final pitched Royston against the perennial favourites Shelford, who had won the tournament for the past five years.
Shelford ripped into Royston from the start, and only organised defence kept Royston in the match.
As the game wore on Royston started to drive the ball through their bigger forwards and created space, and quick hands soon released Edney to round the Shelford defence and score the decisive try.
Shelford regrouped and pounded the Royston line in the final moments, but great work by Townsend and Norcross stole the ball and drove play into touch to close out the victory and cue wild celebrations.
Royston squad: Bass, Copeland, Darke, Edney, Finlayson, Jones, Murdock, Norcross, Segameglio, Simms, Townsend, Wilson, Wood
n Captain Ashley Jones led his team to their third cup of the season at Wendens Ambo on Sunday as Royston under-eights finished joint winners at Wendon's.
Royston started the pool stages well, beating Shelford A 20-5. They then went straight on to beat Wenden A in a tight match that ended 15-10, Charlie Pearson and Cameron Denchfield were key in the strong defence that handed Royston the game.
After a short break, Royston played Bury St Edmonds in their last pool game. Taking full advantage of their speed in attack, Joseph Simons, William Tyrell and Sam Hurd all scored in usual amazing fashion. Jake Letch took the game out of Bury's grasp, with a fantastic score in the corner, the game ending 40-15.
Royston met Saffron Walden in the semi, again their defence showed the teams skill, Alasdair Welbourne along with Lyle Clarke forcing turnovers where ever possible. The crowd were even treated to a well rehearsed set move from Joseph Simons and Ashley Jones, the resulting try even being applauded by the referee and linesmen.
Royston faced one of the hardest games of the season as they faced Bishop's Stortford.
They began the game on the back foot as they let a quick try through, but the Stortford defence also wobbled letting Royston in to score almost straight after.
Both teams scored once more in the first half running in 10-10. Royston picked the defence up a notch, and Jamie Drage boosted the attacking options.
With William Tyrell on the wing the Royston attack was fierce, managing to score two more tries in the second half. Stortford had also turned it on and also managed two tries so at full time it was 20-20, with the teams sharing the cup.
Royston A. Jones, J. Simons, L. Clarke, S. Hurd, A. Welbourne, W. Tyrell, C. Pearson, C. Denchfield, J. Letch, J. Drage