Unbeaten treble for youngsters

PUBLISHED: 10:19 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 14:35 12 May 2010

Royston under-nines visited Huntingdon on Sunday and played three matches against their hosts. For the first time in several weeks Royston were at full strength, and the excellent playing conditions suited their style of play. In the first match Royston

Royston under-nines visited Huntingdon on Sunday and played three matches against their hosts. For the first time in several weeks Royston were at full strength, and the excellent playing conditions suited their style of play. In the first match Royston started slowly and allowed Huntingdon to dictate the pace. The hosts were constantly given too much space and only last-ditch tackling prevented Huntingdon from scoring. As the match wore on Royston began to secure regular turn-over ball through their strong defence. The first score soon followed. Good pressure led to a five-metre scrum and Oliver Townsend broke hard from the base of the scrum to score. Royston continued to push home the advantage and it was soon Sam Copeland's turn to extend the lead. Good driving forward play tied in the defence before the ball was released to Copeland to plough over the last line of defence. In the second half, Royston began to ease up and allowed Huntingdon to gain a consolation try, but Royston held on to win 10-5. In the second match both teams made several changes. Royston were to open the scoring from a scrum set on half way, and moved the ball through quick hands to Sam Seglemeglio, who rounded the defence to score. Huntingdon immediately responded with a try of their own after sloppy defence from Royston. After the break, Royston started the brighter team, and camped on the Huntingdon line before Sam Copeland was able to force his way over from short range. This looked to be the deciding score, but against the run of play Huntington scored the equaliser. Royston saved their best performance for the last match of the day and dominated from start to finish as they ran out 30-0 winners. The feature of the game was the Royston defence that seemed to be able to win the ball at will, allowing them to dominate both possession and territory. Only strong tacking from Huntingdon kept the score down. Tries were scored by Jack Norcross (2), Robbie Murdock (2), Sam Edney and Florence Jones. The best was scored by Edney. The ball was first driven on through the forwards and then unselfishly moved along the back line, where Freddie Finlayson gave the ball to Edney to round the defence to score.

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