Solid defence wins festival honours for Vikings

First published in Colchester Minis

Colchester Rugby Club’s minis teams competed at their own festival at Mill Road.

Solid defence gave the pool B trophy to Colchester’s under-sevens Vikings as they edged ahead of Ipswich A and Colchester Romans by virtue of conceding the fewest tries after all three tied at the top on three wins and one loss.

All five of Colchester’s UNDER-EIGHTS teams played well, with Colchester Warriors winning pool A and the Sharks narrowly missing out on the runners-up spot and the Crusaders just being edged out of second spot in pool B.

Three UNDER-NINES teams played, with the Romans finishing second, one place ahead of the Saxons and also the Normans development side.

Conal Corcoran was Romans’ player-of-the-tournament, with Thomas Smith taking the Saxons award and Normans’ Rachel Hoddell.

The Saxons beat Woodbridge A 10-0, Woodbridge B 50-0 and the Normans 30-0, before a 0-0 draw against the Romans.

Romans beat Woodbridge B 40-0, Woodbridge A 15-0, the Normans 35-5, drew 0-0 with the Saxons and lost 15-5 to Sudbury, while the Normans lost all their games.

Saxons (try scorers in brackets): Thomas Smith (5), Josh Waylett (2), Alex Clack (2), Jack Kelly (2), Ruben Bentley (2), Sam Rigg (2), James Stephens (1), William Gibson (1), Freddie Parsons (1), Finn Corcoran, Guy Parker. Romans: Hamish Comonte, Aaron Gerraghty, Conal Corcoran, Adam Wood, Christopher Ashdown, Liam Beaton, Oliver Cox, Dan McHugh, Jamie Bunyan, Ben Waylett, Louis Clements. Normans: Max Arrowsmith, Max Edwards, Max Drysdale, Charlie Jacobs, Jack Keeble, Rachel Hoddell, Thomas Stott, Alex Merry, Ben Merry, Joe Greenleaf.

The UNDER-TENS Saints won their pool and shared the cup with Ipswich A after their encounter in the final ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Colchester’s UNDER-11s Ravens’ win at their own festival meant they lifted the cup for the fifth successive year.

They beat Colchester Lions 20-0, Woodbridge 20-0, Sudbury 15-5 and Ipswich 30-10 in the pool stages to guarantee a final against Ipswich, which they won 15-0.

Tries were scored by James Hoddell (8), Jordan Fester (5), Rhys Smith (2), Jordan Milburn (2), Gareth Pugh, Ben Bouckley and Zac Puckey.

After losing to the Ravens, the Lions lost 10-0 to Ipswich and Sudbury 10-0, before a 5-5 draw against Woodbridge, with skipper Ollie Hills getting the consolation try.


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