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May & Baker mini’s enjoy a bundle of success at Harlow Festival against local rivals

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 October 2017

May & Baker minis (Pic: Jack Courtney)

May & Baker minis (Pic: Jack Courtney)

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May & Baker minis made the trip to Harlow for their second festival of the season.

The under-7s competed well in each of their six games and deserved the three wins and a draw that they picked up.

Jorja Marks and Oisin O’Sullivan were instrumental in setting up many of the tries, with Owen Cootes showing some great support play to earn his way on to the score sheet.

Playing some very strong sides Noah Dunseath was a catalyst in many of things Bakers done well whilst James Lampard proved to be a finishing machine touching down several times showing some great footwork.

The youngsters beat Stevenage 30-25 in their first match, Harlow 40-30 in their second, before drawing 30-30 in their second match against the hosts.

Bakers got back to winning ways when they picked up a 40-35 victory against Upminster.

They then lost their final two matches of the festival as they fell 20-40 to Upper Clapton and 25-40 to Brentwood.

The Under-8s also took part in the festival as they looked to continue their good start to the season.

Bakers showed some great attacking flair early on with Charlie Brooks and Rylee Parish scoring many of the early tries, with Caelen O’Sullivan leading the defensive line in many tight encounters throughout the day.

They also showed that they wasn’t scared to get stuck in with Thomas Fairfield and Miller Galley barrelling over the whitewash for a handful of tries before a quick whited Callum Lewis touched down with the final score of the day.

The boys were challenged to work on their defence and see how many turn overs they could achieve - they boys stepped up well being able to turn the ball over at crucial points in three games to earn themselves the win.

The team finished the day with four wins and a draw losing just the once in what yet was another good outing for the side.

They beat Stanford 15-10, drew with Upper Clapton 15-15, beat Brentwood 20-10, beat Upminster 20-15, before losing to Old Colfeians 5-20 and then finished the day with a 35-10 victory over Stevenage.

Head of youth team Jack Courtney said: “The boys and girls showed some great character today and have played some great rugby.”

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