Sevenoaks Return To Saracens In Style
Six U7s squads that qualified in the Autumn Saracens festivals returned on 5th February for the Storm Core Values Festival.
The six teams performed superbly throughout the festival and carried their enthusiasm through to cheer on Saracens as they destroyed Leicester.
Some match reports below.
Team: Iris Fairbairn, James Sumner, Aurelia Rothery, Zac Williamson, Erin Wimble, Edward Blackmore
Won 4 Lost 0
The Sevenoaks Sharks returned to Saracens with excitement and dreams of building on the 4-0 whitewash of the Autumn. They didn’t disappoint, notching up a second 4-0 clean sweep with tremendous commitment and team work.
First up was Finchley RFC, who fought hard and were in the game throughout with tries being scored regularly by both teams. However, the pressure of the Sharks defence finally forced a missed pass, and the loose ball was picked up swiftly by Iris who ran it in for the crucial turnover try. The final score a 9-7 victory to the Sharks. James scored 4 tries with powerful running into the corners, Iris and Zac scored (2) apiece and Edward (1) after a mazy run.
Old Grammarians were steamrolled in the second match, with the Sharks triumphing 8-4 with incessant tagging and the quick shift in the defensive line creating three turnovers. This time the tries were shared between Iris (3), Zac (3) and Erin (2), with Erin’s second coming from delightful diagonal run that cut through a shell shocked defence.
The third game against Westcliffe was the toughest of the day and looked to be heading for a draw as neither team could quite get on top. At the death, the Sharks defence managed to squeeze a Westcliffe player out of touch and with the turnover finally in the bag, the Sharks wrapped up their third win 8-7. Iris (4) dominated the tries, successfully picking out the few gaps in Westcliffe’s defence. James added another 2 to his hall and both Zac and Edward chipped in with a try each.
Boyed by the victory in the third match and with the clean sweep within their grasp, the Sharks charged out of the blocks in the final game. Old Merchant Taylors didn’t know what hit them at times they looked clueless as Blue and Gold stripes cut through them. The Sharks stormed to their highest victory margin of the day, 9-4, with tries spread around the team. Having set up countless tries for her team mates throughout the morning, from direct running at the restarts, Aurelia scored the try that had been eluding her. Iris (3), James (2), Zac (2) and Edward (1) completed the try fest.
Smiles all round as the Sharks complete their U7s two-part Saracens adventure undefeated.
Team: Pablo Pinol, Jake Walton, Harrison Curd, Finn Ravens, Elliott Stratton, Pedri van der Merwe
Coaches: Stuart Ravens, R-J Stratton
Won 3 Lost 0
Sevenoaks Dragons vs. Old Grammarians Purple – 6-4
Sevenoaks Dragons vs. Finchley RFC 1 – 8-4
Sevenoaks Dragons vs. Heathfield Hurricanes – 8-7
The day started out with some great running from the team but tagging was a little lack lustre. A win under our belts, a team chat and the Dragons started their second game with a clear focus…tagging. To their credit all the boys stepped up to the challenge with a great performance. The running and passing continued at pace but this time supported by some fantastic tagging, leading to another win.
The third game began with a quick try by Heathfield, followed by a response from the Dragons. It was clear this was going to be an end to end game. There were leaders across the park for the Dragons, all the boys put in a storming team effort. Recognition goes to Pablo, Elliott and Finn for some sterling tagging & Harrison, Jake and Pedri for some mazy runs. All the boys scored a try and certainly all made tries.
Congratulations and a job well done!
R-J and Stuart
Team: George Coulter, Sebastian West, Austin Mitchell, Alex Neale and Felix Morris
Coaches: Andrew Coulter and Julian Mitchell
Won 3 Lost 1
The Pumas had the excitement of being drawn in the same group as Sevenoaks Lions. A derby played on neutral territory on the Sarries first team pitch, sprung them into action, with their first game against their friends from the U7’s.
A slightly below par tagging performance led to a disappointing defeat in the first of our double headers vs their club mates. The next three games saw a massive improvement, and this carried over to the final match which ended with a stunning victory vs the Sevenoaks Lions.
Geographically challenging runs from George, silky skills from Sebastian, Guscottesque swerves from Alex, steely strength from Austin and great footwork from Felix, all contributed to a great day enjoyed by players, coaches and some rather cold parents.
Great teamwork, support and passing skills were evident throughout the matches and Coaches Julian and Andrew cheered “”enthusiastically”” from the touchline, (although no one had a clue, including themselves as to what they were shouting about). The referee gave the side high marks in respecting the true spirit of Rugby throughout.
Well done Sevenoaks Pumas you did the U7’s proud!