Youth rugby: May & Baker enjoyed mixed fortunes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 September 2018

The new rugby season is now underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new rugby season is now underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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May & Baker minis enjoyed a weekend of mixed fortunes as their under-9's won and 11's lost this weekend.

The under-9s cruised to a 70-50 victory away to Bancroft while the under-11s fell short with a 10-5 defeat in their match against Bancroft.

Bakers won the coin toss and had the opportunity to attack first and wasted no time in capitalising with Jonnie Brind carrying the ball well to charge Bakers up the pitch on his debut, to set up the first score of the day.

The boys followed this up well with a turn over to double their lead.

The boys have only had a few weeks practice tackling but this wasn’t showing as they were brave in the tackle with captain for the day Elliot Major leading the line in defence, the boys were then rewarded for their hard work with another try.

The wet conditions were making the game very open and exciting, with both teams getting stuck in.

Both teams shared tries as they took turns to attack, with Miller Galley leading the attack with a few tries along with the Bancroft loanee’s.

With the second-half starting Bancroft put some fresh legs on and began working hard to press Bakers back, but ever growing in confidence Teddy Monk was working hard to put in some big tackles to keep the hosts at bay.

Bakers saw a little less of the ball in the second-half but all of the boys were putting in a huge effort, with all of them contributing to the tackles.

But with the ball in hand Bakers still looked confident moving the ball through multiple offloads, with Callum Lewis the creative figure in the centre of the pitch, supporting well to receive the ball.

The under-11s got off to a positive start, with top try scorer Jake Landers giving the away team an early lead in the first two minutes.

Just before the end of the first-half Bancroft, who had adopted a long ball tactic to there game, had managed to bring the game back to level points with a late try.

Bancroft, thanks to their skilful use of tactical kicks, managed to score another try near the half-way point, giving them a 10-5 win over the visitors as they held firm in the dying stages.

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