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JUNIOR RUGBY REPORTS 2010-11
10th April - Oswestry 7 Wrexham 54
Today we visited Oswestry and due to an accident all arrived late. We were obviously still asleep as the match started and before we knew it the Oswestry centre had evaded 6 tackles to score under the posts and make it 7 - 0 to the home team. After this Wrexham got going and their usual forward aggression together with some sublime back play, brought ten unanswered tries. Final score Oswestry 7-54 Wrexham. Man of the match had to be George Grice Gibson. George was promised £40 by his mum if he scored a try this season. His mum thought the money was safe as Wrexhams backs never pass back to the forwards, but George finally got over the try line today. Make sure your mum gives you the money George!!
3rd April - Wrexham 27 Bishop of Hereford 7
Today saw the visit of Bishop of Hereford school on a tour of North Wales. On Friday they beat Sandbach School , one of the strongest U14 sides in the North West - so Wrexham new this was going to be a toughie.
The game started with Wrexham camping out in the Bishops 22, but a combination of great defending and Wrexham indiscipline, saw Wrexham repelled. However 10 minutes in a good break on the left saw Wrexham crashing over and a conversion from Danny (Carter) saw Wrexham go 7 - 0 up. There then was a period of Hereford pressure, where they really should have scored, but somehow Wrexham held on to their lead, and just before half time Elliot Davidson the Wrexham left wing fought through three Bishops player to score in the corner.
The second half turned into the Elliot Davidson show where he scored another two tries (George North eat your heart out) and the Bishops finally got on the scoreboard with a well worked converted try. Final score Wrexham 24 - 7 Bishop of Hereford school.
With hindsight Wrexham were lucky to play them today, Having already had two days on tour,Wrexham were indeed lucky to play this side today. Having said that Bishops looked stronger and stronger as the game went on and Wrexham were the team that welcomed the final whistle. 20th March - Wrexham 12 Macclesfield 19
Today the visit of one of the best under 14 sides in the North of England, and it was evident from the start that the Macc lads were up for a reversal of the early season result, which saw Wrexham win 12 - 10. It’s not very often that Wrexham are outmuscled in the forwards, but that was the case today, with Macc's forwards counter rucking consistently well. Wrexham took the lead with a Kieran Staffer break and try against the run of play, but Macc soon equalized and the score at half time was 5 - 5. The second half saw more ball for Wrexham, but Macc’s forwards were continually in Wrexham’s faces. A great pick and go from Owen Evans set up Wrexham’s second try, with Aled Livingstone crashing over the line, but Macclesfield weren't to be denied, scoring two second half tries and gaining revenge by 19 - 12 over the early season result. These are exactly the sort of games Wrexham need to improve and we have two games pencilled in against Macclesfield next year.
6th March - Wrexham 24 Mold 7
Today Wrexham visited Mold to play them for the third time this season. It was clear from the start that Mold had been working on their set pieces and repeatedly used the rolling maul on their lineouts to great advantage. There was no resisting the Wrexham lads though and in open play were once again completely dominant. Tries from Chris Whittaker (2), Matty Williams and Kieran Staffer, together with the boot of Danny Cross saw Wrexham home by 24 - 7 and their third comprehensive victory against Mold this season. Special mention to man of the match George Grice Gibson, who nearly got his debut try.
20th February - Wrexham 53 Colwyn Bay 15
This week saw Colwyn Bay visit. Unfortunately they only had 12 players so three Wrexham lads went over to their side. The first half was one way traffic with Wrexham opening a 36 - 0 lead. At half time changes were made and for the second half Wrexham lent them 3 of our North East Wales lads. This produced a completely different half and the Colwyn Bay lads began to play inspired rugby. The second half was slightly shaded 17 - 15 by Wrexham.
6th February - Wrexham 27 Mold 0
Despite being outplayed in the set pieces, this was otherwise a completely dominant Wrexham display, in the second of three games this season against their arch rivals. Wrexhams backs have certainly come of age, with some stunning movement and passing, which culminated in four unanswered tries. Mention has to be made of how game the Mold lads were. After the match three weeks ago, they could have been forgiven for caving in, but they competed throughout and their heads never went down.
23rd January - Wrexham 19 Wirral 10
This proved to be the usual close encounter, once again dominated by the forwards on both sides. After their epic victory against Mold last week, the players could have been forgiven for not performing, but they started where they left off last week. In the first half Wrexham were camped in the Wirral half, but couldn't convert territory into a score, and it was only right at the end that the Wirral defence finally wilted, with Aled Morgan forcing his way over the line, and Danny Cross converting.. Wirral then hit back early in the second half, courtesy of two unconverted tries from their star player the number 8. After this the game reverted back to being dominated by the Wrexham forwards, but Wirral always looked dangerous on the break. In the last 10 minutes Wirral finally wilted, with Wrexham scoring two tries, the last of which was a lesson in quick thinking by Elliot Davidson, who got a quick lineout ball and before the Wirral defenders had time to think, he had crashed over the line.
16th January - Wrexham 34 Mold 0
Wrexham beat Mold for the first time ever in this age group, with possibly the best game they have ever played, particularly given the awful conditions. It is extremely difficult to pick a man of the match such was the dominant display right the way through the side. There was the usual great rucking from the forwards and some great runs from the backs, put together gave us a great all round performance.
Excellent all round performance from all players, resulted in a bit of a try fest. Man of the match had to be Saul Darlington for two second half runs on the wing.
24th October - Winnington Park 28 Wrexham 5
Wrexham were once again taken out by the one man scoring machine that is Jack Milne. We did however limit him to 4 converted tries this time, which was an improvement on last year. Wrexham's man of the match had to be stand in fly half Aled Morgan, who but for two very high tackles, would have scored.
17th October - Colwyn Bay 21 Wrexham 25
Despite having 10 players unavailable for different reasons and also despite some refereeing decisions going against the away team, Wrexham were able to come away with a hard fought victory, against a much improved Colwyn Bay side. Special mention has to go to Kieran Staffer who found out what his legs are for and scored his first try for the club.
20th March. Wrexham 44 Pwllheli 0
Wrexham U13s who spent the weekend on-tour on the Llyn Peninsula put in a very good performance against a very determined Pwllheli team coming out 44-0 winners. Wrexham played the full match at a high pace with both the forwards and backs working very hard in both defence and attack. Tries were shared out amongst forwards and backs with Efan Jones being voted Man of the Match by both sets of coaches. Well played everyone.
13th March. Wirral 15 Wrexham 12
Wrexham travelled to Wirral for a very tough encounter which finished in dramatic fashion – Wirral scoring a drop goal with the last kick of the match. Both teams played very well in a fiercely contested match with Wrexham loosing a few key players to injury as the game went on – this allowed some of the other members of the squad to show what they could do. The differing rules across the border played into the hands of the Wirral team particularly the number 8 pick up and kicking from anywhere (Match winning drop kick !!!).
A draw would have been a more fitting result – well done lads!!6th March. Wrexham 24 Mold 7
Wrexham U13s, coming off the back of wins against Ruthin and Denbigh, came out victors against local rivals Mold at Bryn Estyn. In a fiercely contested game Wrexham ran in 4 tries (2 of which were converted) to Mold’s 1 try. Well done lads !!
17th October Colwyn Bay 7 Wrexham 51
Wrexham under 13s coming off the back of a good win last week against Nant Conwy again put in a very good team performance to see off Colwyn Bay. The home side missing a few players were bolstered by players from Wrexham in a 13 a-side game, played at a good pace and keenly contested.
Captain Efan Jones scored 1 try and saw the other tries scored by George Mills, Daniel Morgan, Dale Humphries, Owen Weston (2), Ben Martin (2) and Armani Roberts.
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