Battling All Golds weather the Storm
UNIV OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS U-16s 36 LEICESTER STORM U-16s 14
LUKE Stephens was named man of the match after University of Gloucestershire All Golds came from behind to quell the Storm.
Leicester Storm kicked off and the ball was caught by Hayden Wilkinson who made a good run with support from Dan Annfield.
There was good defence by the All Golds' Dan Robinson, but they could not stop Jason Bass from scoring, leaving the All Golds trailing 4-0.
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From the restart good defence from Jamie James and Annfield, followed by a good run by Laurence Leat, allowed Annfield to cross the line.
Jake Handley converted to put the All Golds 6-4 in front.
Excellent attacking teamwork took the All Golds close to the Storm line and a perfect crossfield kick from Tim Rogers was caught and touched down by Robinson.
Again Hanley added the points for a 12-4 lead at half-time.
The restart was taken well by the Storm but decisive tackling from Stephens and Terence Babarinsa kept them at bay, but they reached the All Gold line and knocked the ball on.
Leat carried the ball strongly for the All Golds passing to Babarinsa, who scored near the posts.
Hanley slotted the conversion to give All Golds a 14-point lead at the break.
A good catch and carry by Robinson from the kick-off gave good field position and Josh Young went over for a try.
Hanley kicked the conversion to make it 24-4 for the All Golds.
The All Golds launched another attack from which Leat crossed the line and Hanley added further points to put the All Golds 30-4 in front.
The Storm responded with a try for Matty Davies, converted by Dylan Bale to make it 30-10.
Young made a determined run from the restart, Annfield adding another try and Rob Mustoe converting for a 36-10 lead.
After Rogers made a great run but was denied at the line, the Storm ran it back for Cam Jackson to score two minutes before the whistle.
All Golds squad: J Hanley, L Leat, D Harrison, D Robinson, G Deane, T Rogers, N Chandler, J James, L Stephens, S Huggins, D Annfield, T Barbarinsa, D Galling-Smith, R Mustoe, H Wilkinson, J Young, R Siebenaller, S Brown.
Man of the Match: Luke Stephens
LEICESTER STORM U-18s 44 GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS U18s 28
GLOUCESTERSHIRE All Golds Under-18s dominated early play against Leicester Storm Under-18s but then let the opposition back into the game with a series of errors.
The first half was virtually one-way traffic with an All Golds team playing with fluidity, and tries flowed with ease.
Joel James notched the first points of the game to take the All Golds into an early lead.
Next was a good attack to unleash George Knowles for the second try.
The All Golds piled on the pressure with James off-loading to Conner Jones to score the All Golds' third try.
Lewis McKissick then made good territory and a good team phase then saw Knowles muscle over for a fourth try.
The All Golds were firing on all cylinders at this point and from the restart a catch by Conrad Jones culminated in Conner Jones racing through for a fifth try for the All Golds.
All seemed to be going well for the All Golds but they made a number of errors through inexperience to let the opposition back into the game.
Leicester scored two tries before the break to make it 22-16 for the All Golds.
Leicester used their experience to claw themselves back into the lead in the second half.
Knowles scored a further try for his hat-trick but Leicester notched up five tries in the second half to take the win.