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JUNIOR RUGBY REPORTS 2011-12

                                                                                       MATCH REPORTS
UNDER 16
Chester 'B'  0 Wrexham  59

Tries by - Luis Evans, Harry Powell x 2, Jamie Rathbone, Lewis Stubbs, Adam Davies x 2, Sean Lea x 2 conversions  1 x Jake Allen, 6 x Luis Evans


Nantwich  0 Wrexham 10

Try by Jack Williams

Conversion & penalty kick by Luis Evans


Ruthin 25 Wrexham 0

Newtown 15  Wrexham 5
Newtown finished the first half 5 - 0 up, They also got the first points in the second half to make the score 12-0.
Wxm managed to get a try back with Tom Poole (12-5). Newtown finished with a penalty (15-5 final score). MOTM - Simon Lewis.


Wrexham 17  Mold 0
Tries by Jake Allen, James Rosser, Conversion by Harry Powell & Matty Henning.MOTM - Lewis Stubbs

Wxm  23  Ruthin  34

Wrexham tries by Jack Williams, Dan Richards conversion by Luis Evans & Matty Henning


Ellesmere Port 3   Wrexham 12

Tries scored by Tom Poole & Harry Powell, conversion by Jake Allen.


Whitchurch 29  Wrexham 15
Wrexham Trys scored by Luis (Tyrone) Evans (2), Tom Nelson 1 - non converted.
MOTM - Simon Lewis


Whitchurch 17  Wrexham 5
Wrexham Try by Jack Williams - no conversion.
MOTM - Luis Evans (Tyrone) playing his first game as scrum half.


Newtown 27 - Wrexham 31

Trys scored by Harry Powell (2), James Rosser, Sean Lea (2)

3  by conversions by Jake Allen

MOM - Simon Lewis

 

Wrexham  7 v Llangefni 28

Wrexham try scored by Harry Powell & converted by Jake Allen.

 

Wrexham U16 45  North Wales U15 12

Tries by Jamie Rathbone, Simon Lewis, harry Powell x 3, James Rosser, Issac Hills.

 

Wrexham 5 - Crewe  31

MOM - Tom Nelson



UNDER 15
Mold 5  Wrrexham 31  
An utterly dominant display from Wrexhams players saw them home today by a comfortable margin. If it wasn't for some ill discipline from our lads the margin might well have been much greater. Pride of place must go to the try our "plusnet" boy Nathan Billington scored. Picking the ball up around 35m out, he danced around several Mold players, before touching down under the posts. I believe Iestyn Harris is already preparing contracts for several of the lads!!!!

Wrexham 17 Caldy  0
Today saw Caldy cross the border to do battle with our lads. The game began in a howling gale and Wrexham scored a try in the first minute. Clearly Caldy hadn't yet woken up. The rest of the first half was evenly matched with Wrexham going over twice more and Caldy scoring twice at the other end. The score at half time Wrexham 17-10 up and with the wind at their backs in the second half they were expected to pull away. Nothing could have been further from the truth as Caldy put the lads under severe pressure for the whole of the half. Our lads looked tired. They hadn't played a competitive game since early December - and it showed. Somehow they kept Caldy out though and the final whistle came as a great relief. Commiserations to Caldy who always give us a close game and deserved to get something out of todays game.


Rhyl 12  Wrexham 12
Today saw Wrexham visit Rhyl, as a result of Wrexhams old rivals Mold cancelling due to injuries. Twelve months aho Wrexham played Rhyl and won by 50 points. Any thoughts of a similar result today were swiftly dispelled, by a large and extremely mobile Rhyl side. To be fair Rhyl already have 5 players in the first choice North East Wales team and with the squad they have now put together, several other players could stake their claim.The game began with the Wrexham pack retaining ball and going forward only to be thwarted after several phases near the Rhyl line. Over the first 15 minutes Wrexham kep Rhyl in their own half but were unable to make possession tell. Rhyl then started getting into the game and began using their lineout to good effect, and their first try came as a result of their lineout and subsequent rolling maul, which Wrexham had no answer to. Wrexham came back with a try of their own to make the half time score 5 - 5.The second half was again very even, with Rhyl scoring a converted try early on and Wrexham returning the compliment within a couple of minutes. The final 15 minutes were frantic, with both sides getting within 5 metres of the opposing teams line, before excellent defending stopped any further score.The final whistle came with the scores even , which was a fair result on the day. Wrexham now look forward to welcoming Rhyl back to Wrexham at the end of January, for the return. Watch out everyone, there are new kids on the block and with the rate of progress they've made in the last few months, Rhyl are going to be a real force for the future.  

Wrexham 52 Colwyn Bay 0
Today saw the visit of a Colwyn Bay side who had had some pretty encouraging results this season. For example they had recently only lost 31-29 to Nant Conwy. As a result we were expecting to be stretched, particularly as 9 of our lads had been involved in a provincial match yesterday.
This was a day for our backs and a great display of running rugby in challenging conditions. Time and time again saw great set up play from our scrum halves and some awesome passing along the lines. In the end we scored 8 unanswered tries and ran out 52-0 winners.
A word for the game Colwyn Bay lads who never let their heads go down. Having been on the other end of such a scoreline, i know what it can feel like, but you can regard yourselves as a credit and great ambassadors for Colwyn Bay rugby club. 


Wrexham 38 Llandudno 14
Wrexham hosted Llandudno in a rearranged match from earlier in the season. Any expectation that this was going to be an easy game for Wrexham was dispelled early on when the Llandudno centre picked up the ball in his own half and ran round the outside of the Wrexham team to score under the posts. Wrexham saw a lot of the ball in the first half, but Llandudnos counter rucking was very effective and they turned over Wrexham several times, the last time just before half time, to score another breakaway try, to make the score at half time Wrexham 10 Llandudno 14. The second half saw Wrexham make several changes, the most significant of which was the return of their talismanic fly half Danny Cross from injury. Like with the Whitchurch game this half saw Wrexham dominate with Luke Griffiths making several telling runs. The Llandudno side had clearly given their all in the first half and were starting to tire and as a result the cracks began to appear. This half Wrexham scored four unanswered tries and eventually emerged  winners by 38-14. Llandudno were a greatly improved side on the last two years and credit must go to their coaches for the work they have done with the lads. We look forward to the return at Llandudno early next year.

Wrexham u15's 31 Whitchurch u 15's 26
Wrexham welcomed Whitchurch on a bright Autumn morning. For the first 10 minutes it was all Wrexham in the Whitchurch half, but with no score the Whitchurch 12 got the ball and went around most of the Wrexham side to score. The rest of the first half went the same way. Every time the ball got to the Whitchurch backs off they went around the outside. End result at half time, there was only one side in it at Wrexham 5 Whitchurch 24. At half time Rob and Dean spun their coaching spells and the second half saw a completely different Wrexham side. Wrexhams great strength has always been their forwards and their plan was to retain possession and move up the centre of the pitch. This worked really well and with the Whitchurch backs ball drying up, they were constantly pushed back into their own 20. In all Wrexham scored 3 tries in the second half and pulled the score back to 31 to 26. The final whistle went with Wrexham camped out on the Whitchurch line not quite getting the decisive final try.

Wrexhams  50  Ellesmere 0
Wrexham's first game of the new season saw them travelling to Ellesmere Port, to play a relatively new team. Ellesmere Port only had 14 players, so Sean Davis volunteered to play for the opposition.

The first half weas a veritable Wrexham try fest, with the highlight being one of our two Ruthin imports Ifan Davies asking the coach Rob to hold his pink lipstick for him until after the game. Please note that if you mistakenly take your make up onto the field of play, the last thing you want to do is to pass it to Rob Thatcher. Ifan you will still be reminded of this in 20 years time!! 
Half time saw several Ellesmere Port players unable to carry on and the second half was much more even with a few more of our lads playing for them.
Thanks from me must go to Leighton Davies who went over to the other side and promptly broke big Mattys nose with his head. Leighton that necessitated a 4 hour stay in A&E. Luckily it wasn't an important part of Mattys body like his throwing arm!! Because of my dash to the hossie, I didn't get to stay until the end, but I am reliably informed that the game finished 50-0 to Wrexham. Man of the match must go to Ifan for his (above) off load to Mr Thatcher. 


UNDER 14
Wrexham 34 v Mold 5
Wrexham missing a couple of key players welcomed rivals mold to Bryn Estyn for a local derby. A couple of silly mistakes from wrexham allowed mold to gain some early territory but the home side soon got going and went on to thoroughly dominate the match. Strong running and weak tackling contributed to a number of the trys with a great all round team performance ensuring the win. Molds try coming from a good pick and drive in the last few minutes. Wxm try scorers were: Ellis Parry, Efan Jones, George Mills, Ben Martin, Kris Thomas and George Basson. Man of the match was Jacob Hughes.

Llandudno 17 v Wrexham 0
Wrexham played very well against one of the best u14s teams in N.Wales and the N.West. In a fiercely contested match the score was 10-0 at half time with wrexham having played uphill into the wind. The second half saw wrexham push very hard for a score putting llandudno under pressure – unfortunately the score didn’t come, instead wrexham gave a penalty away in the llandudno 22 which was taken quickly a run the length of the field for a try. The game finished early as an injury to wrexhams open side required the air ambulance to be called – thankfully discharged from hospital later that evening (his dad thought he was going to get a ride in the helicopter with him only to be told he was too heavy!! you know who you are!)


Colwyn Bay 0 v Wrexham 42
A very good allround team performance saw wrexham come out comfortable winners against colwyn bay. The game was close at half time with wrexham 10-0 up, but the second half saw wrexham pull away. Trys were shared out between backs and forwards. Man of the match was Dan Townley.


Wrexham 10 v Whitchurch 22
In gale force winds wrexham took on a much bigger whitchurch team and produced a very good performance, albeit a loss. Try scorers for wrexham were Tom Crossman and Efan Jones. Man of the match was Mike Taylor.


Newtown 0 v Wrexham 24
Wrexham visited Newtown for their first game after Christmas hoping for a repeat performance of their win earlier in the season.In a very keenly contested game Wrexham had to work very hard win the spoils. try scorers were Ellis Parry, Efan Jones (2) and George Basson.Man of the match was Efan Jones
  

Rhyl 24 v Wrexham 59
In a game of 2 halves Wrexham came away with a very good win against a tough Rhyl team. The first half (playing down hill) saw Wrexham run in  6 tries (conversion kicks were taken for the first 4, 2 being converted by Owen Weston – conversion kicks were not taken for any more tries to keep the score from going 50 points clear). try scorers in the first half were Dale Humphries (2), Harry Arnull, Kris Thomas (3) .
The second half saw both teams make a few changes which produced a much closer encounter. Wrexham, now playing uphill, managed to score a further 5 tries through Dan Morgan (2), Armani Roberts, George Basson and another for Dale Humphries. Rhyl scored 4 tries through very good forward drives.Man of the match was George Mills.



Mold 29 v Wrexham 29
Wrexham travelled the short distance to Mold to play their local rivals in what turned out to be a very tense game. Wrexham dominated the game in the first half and took the lead through a try by Kris Thomas. further tries by Dale Humphreys and another by Kris put Wrexham in a commanding position, however some very sloppy play allowed Mold to score in the dying seconds of the first half. Wrexham lost fly half Armani Roberts at half time who was travelling to Telford for a county game and Ben Martin to a pulled Hamstring which combined with a couple of other enforced changes allowed Mold back into the game in the second period. Wrexhams second half try scorers were Rhys Jenkins and Harry Arnull – Harry's try coming 5 minutes before the end of the game which put Wrexham 5 points clear – to Molds credit they pushed hard in the last 5 minutes and scored with the last play of the game – unfortunately for Wrexham the knock on in the run up to the try was not seen.


Whitchurch 26 v Wrexham 7
Another tough game in which Wrexham competed very well but again faded towards the end allowing Whitchurch to run in a number of tries that left the score line a little flattering. For large periods of the first half Wrexham dominated the play scoring through Ellis Parry. Scores level at half time. The second half saw a number of changes due to injuries which allowed Whitchurch to take control and with Wrexham tiring score some very well worked tries. Man of the match Efan Jones.


Wrexham 7 v Llandudno
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Wrexham welcomed Llandudno to Bryn Estyn for probably their hardest game of the season. Wrexham started the match well and coped with Llandudnos big physical players. However , as the game went on Wrexhams high tackle count started to show and players started to tire allowing Llandudno to score a number of tries. Final score Wrexham 7 Llandudno 35. Wrexham try scorer George Mills and man of the match was Ellis Parry.


Bangor U14s 14 v Wrexham U14s 12
Wrexham U14s visited Bangor for their 3rd match of the season to play a team who were coming off the back of 3 consecutive 50-0 victories. The hour and a half bus journey seemed to leave Wrexham's players struggling to to get going which allowed Bangor to dominate the first half of the game. The score at half time was 14-5, Wrexham's try scorer Harry Arnull (that make it 5 tries in 3 games for Harry). Wrexham who were already missing a number of players and with a half fit scrum half had to make a few changes for the second period. With centre Rhys Jenkins coming in to play scrum half and various other players out of position Wrexham put in a much improved effort scoring 1 try (Ben Martin) and very nearly scoring another – Harry Arnull with a hack through and chase that got to within 1m of the try line.
Man of the Match was Daniel Morgan.


Wrexham 41 v Caldy 0 
Wrexham looking to build on last weeks good start to the season welcomed a mixed Caldy team - taken from their 2 U14 teams. As with last week it was Wrexham who started the stronger, playing with the wind, with the Wrexham scrummage providing a very good platform in attack and making it very difficult for Caldy in defence. Playing against the wind in the second half Wrexham defended very well. Wrexhams try's were scored by Rhys Jenkins, Jacob Hughes, Harry Arnull (3), George Basson and Ben Martin. Armani Roberts converting 3. Man of the Match was front row James Noller for his effort in the scrum and carrying the ball. 


Wrexham 36 v Newtown 5

Wrexham U14s welcomed Newtown to Bryn Estyn Lane for the their first full game of the season. Having lost to Newtown in a 10-a-side pre-season tournament a couple of weeks ago Wrexham put in a better performance to come out 36 - 5 winners. With a number of players starting in new positions it was Wrexham who got going quicker with the pack controlling the game and creating space for the backs to run. Try's were scored by Ben Martin, Harry Arnull, Chris Thomas, George Basson, Tom Crossman and Efan Jones with Armani Roberts converting 3 times. During Newtown's periods of pressure Wrexham's defence was very good. Man of the Match was openside Ben Martin for his all-round performance especially in nullifying the threat of Newtown's very dangerous fly half.  


UNDER 13
Anglo/Welsh Tournament
Wrexham under 13`s playing in the Ruthin tournament did well in both their completed games before rain stopped play. In their first game the opposition was Mold but tries from Rhys Thomas (3), Alfie Matthias and Jay Harvey saw the team home under the Captainship of Cameron Allen 31-0, Ethan-Rhys Williams on conversion duty. In the second game a well drilled Rhyl team keenly contested but saw Wrexham eventually win 28-0 in dreadful conditions. Tries from Thomas (2), Matthias and Harvey.
Williams on conversion duty.


Oswestry 14  Wrexham 24
Wrexham under 13s`s away to Oswestry had to keep their minds focused as the home team battled throughout a tough closely fought game. Wrexham Capt Cameron Allen saw his team win 24-17 with tries from Rhys Thomas (2), Eddie Partykaand Jay Harvey, Ethan-Rhys Williams on conversion duty. Man of the Match Tom Valentine for some great work in the forwards.

Wrexham 34 Dinbych 12
Wrexham unders13`s at home to Denbigh put in a fine team performance against a strong and determined Denbigh team. Capt Cameron Allen saw the home side establish an early lead but Denbigh continued to strongly compete and only in the second half did Wrexham pull away to secure a well deserved victory 34 -12.
Tries from Man of the Match Alfie Mathias (3), Rhys Robinson (2) and Allen with Ethan- Rhys Williams on conversion duty.


Rhyl 12  Wrexham  26
Wrexham under 13`s away to Rhyl played in the sunshine and enjoyed a well deserved win. A 12-0 lead was pulled back by the determined home team before Wrexham upped their game coming out 26-12 winners.                                                
Capt of the day Eddie Partyka scored one try himself and saw Rhys Thomas add a further three in a Man of the Match
 performance. Jay Harvey on fine kicking form adding three conversions.

Whitchurch 0 Wrexham 29
Wrexham under 13`s away to Whitchurch put in a fine team performance coming out 29-0 winners. The  first half was a tense tight game seeing the visitors take a 7-0 lead with a try from Rhys Thomas converted by Ethan-Rhys Willliams on conversion duty.Whitchurch battled throughout but the second half saw Wrexham relax a little and play their own game with tries coming from Alfie Matthis (2), Blake Turner and  new boy Euan Mulholland with Capt Cameron Allen Man of the Match for some terrific runs, tackles and leadership.

Mold 5   Wrexham 19
Wrexham under 13`s away to Mold had a tough encounter but Capt Cameron Allen saw his side edge a win. Wrexham took the lead with converted trys from Allen and Alfie Mathias before the home team struck back just after the break making it 14 - 5. As the game swung back and forth Rhys Robinson added a try making it a 19 - 5 Wrexham win. Man of the Match Jay Harvey for his ball carrying and tackling efforts  with Ethan-Rhys Williams having a fine game on kicking and conversion duty

Wrexham 35 Newtown  5

Wrexham under 13`s at home to Newtown at last made their tackles count to good effect with some really
excellent defence. With five players away with N E Wales this was an opportunity for all the squad to make an impact and they played with real determination. Newtown have some big players and one of their centers had an exceptional game - as good and strong a player as we`ve seen all season
(and no surprise he scored Newtowns try). Capt of the day Eddie Partyka
led by example scoring a fine try added to by Owen Parry (2) Nathan Prothero,  Josh Hallem and Jay Harvey. But the try of the match went to Morgan Wyman picking up the ball in his own 22 and then bulldozing down the entire pitch handing off numerous defenders before carrying three over the touch line as he went over -outstanding with applause from both home and away spectators. Man of the Match went to Owen Cai Parry for having the highest tackle count of the day bringing down the very tenacious Newtown attackers -a team that battled throughout the match. We visit them at the end of March and we expect a tough encounter for sure.


Wrexham 0 Macclesfield 41
Wrexham under 13`s came off a clear second best at home to a powerful Macclesfield team. Twenty nine points to nil down at half time     the team rallied in the second half and whilst conceding a further twelve points never let their heads drop. Capt Cameron Allen was at his best encouraging the team and setting a fine example. Final score saw Wrexham lose 41-0.

Rhyl 24  Wrexham 40

Wrexham under 13`s away at Rhyl put in a good team performance winning 40-24. Capt Cameron Allen saw new boys Ryan Jones and Jake Davies enjoy their first ever game with tries coming from Rhys Robinson (2), Morgan Wyman (2) Allen and Eddy Partyka. Ethan-Rhys Williams on conversion duty and Man of the Match to Owen Cai Parry for relentless tacking throughout the game.

Bangor  26  Wrexham 17
Wrexham under 13`s away to Bangor contributed fully to an great game of rugby. Wrexham were 14-0 down in eight minutes before they woke up and started playing. They hit back with a well worked try but then allowed an excellent Bangor team to score minutes before half time. As the second half started Wrexham came back scoring two tries and going over the whitewash twice only to be held up by excellent defence. Bangor then scored another try with  Wrexham responding pitched for the last 9 minutes in the Bangor 22 but failing to score. Capt Cameron Allen saw trys from Morgan Wyman, Rhys Thomas and Man of the Match Blake Turner. Kicking duties Alfie Matthias and Ethan-Rhys Williams. 
             

Chester 46  Wrexham 10
Wrexham under 13`s at  home to Chester came off second best against a strong well organised Chester team.                                               Both Chester`s backs and forwards were very strong and despite a mid game rally that saw Wrexham score two tries it was deservedly Chesters day winning the match in style 46 -10. Capt Cameron Allen saw tries from Rhys Thomas and Alfie Matthias  (Matthias on kicking duty) and Joe Short winning Man of the Match for some determined full back tackling.

Chester 0  Wrexham 57
Wrexham under 13`s away to Chester put together an excellent all round team performance winning 57-0. The opening 10 minutes was a tense 0-0 affair before two tries for the boys rewarded their possession.  
Chester had some big strong ball carriers who kept the team fully focused. The forwards again were excellent
 in the line out and scrum with improving rucking evident -Jay, Alfie and Morgan standing out and Josh putting  in a solid performance  as hooker. 
The backs handled well despite the high winds. Ethans kicking
 out of hand was a superb and Cameron (Man of the Match) very aggressive throughout and his ball distribution spot on.  Two other performances of note was Izaac at 15 and Will Two on the wing. Tries from Cameron (3), Blake (2), Morgan (2), Alfie, and Rhys Tal with Ethan and Alfie on kicking duty -great performance
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Ruthin 19 Wrexham 5
Wrexhams under 13`s away to Ruthin played their full part in a cracking game of rugby with both teams fully committed to playing attacking rugby. Wrexhams forwards were again solid in the scrum and line out and the backs moved the ball out wide and kicked intelligently. Ruthins defense was solid and they had some strong centers running good attacking lines. At half time the game was finely balanced with five points a piece.
The second half continued evenly but a lapse in concentration allowed two
Ruthin tries in a five minute spell ( 19-5 final score). Despite this the boys heads never went down finishing the last few minutes camped in the opposition 22 before time ran out to the obvious delight of the Ruthin players. For the forwards Jack Coch and Jay Harvey play particularly well.
Capt Cameron Allen again had a fine game seeing Blake Turner score our only try and picking up Man of
  the Match for some great ball carrying efforts.


Wrexham U 13`s  29   Whitchurch 5
Wrexham under 13`s at last started a run of games and met Whitchurch on a glorious day for rugby. Wrexham were very   rusty and it showed with poor handling from the backs and the forwards trotting towards contact. The game saw the boys take a 5-0 lead despite Whitchurch showing good defensive play. Attempts by the backs to play the wide game left the coaches frustrated as poor handling allowed Whitchurch to turn over ball. A period of 15 mins in the first half was very evenly balanced with some really good play from Whitchurch`s strong backs intelligently using the blind side to good effect.                                       
The boys  finally found their stride early in the second half and the ball started to move as rucking and handling seemed
  to be re-discovered. Scores came as confidence grew with Captain Cameron Allen seeing tries from Rhys Thomas (2) Blake Turner and Man of the Match Alfie Matthias (also on kicking duty) with a penalty try added to the score. Whitchurch continued to show real character and kept attacking at every opportunity finally getting their just reward with an excellent
 try making the end result a 29-5 home win to the boys

Wrexham 44 Oswestry 7.

Wrexhams under 13`s pulled out all the stops in their first home game of the season against Oswestry.
Oswestry had some very strong runners who were confident with the ball in hand and made some hard yards. Our forwards delivered a good platform for our backs who moved the ball out wide enabling a couple of early tries as they found some rhythm. Cameron Allen back from injury sparked at 9 and Ethan-Rhys Williams at 10 moved the ball to the backs or kicked at the right time.
However it was another  solid display from the forwards that allowed the backs their space -solid scrums and line-out. Oswestry kept taking the ball forward with their strong forwards and their 9 made some darting runs. Alfie, Rhys Tal and new boys Jack (Cochyn) and Jack Harrison played very well. However it was another new forward James Thomas  that won  Man of the Match for his effort in the front row, some great tackles and for his infectious enthusiasm. Tries from Rhys Thomas (3), Blake Turner (2), Alfie Matthias, Rhys Robinson and Allen.
Ethan-Rhys Williams and Matthias on conversion duty.

Caldy 26  Wrexham 12
Wrexham`s under 13`s playing their first game of the season came off second best away at Caldy. Captain Ethan-Rhys Williams saw the well drilled home team build up an early lead that Wrexham never really looked like pulling back despite two tries.
Tries from Rhys Thomas and Rhys Robinson, conversion and Man of the Match Alfie Matthias.
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