Seven members of the NLD U16 squad have been selected for the final Midlands trial next month.
Congratulations to all of the players listed below, we wish you the very best of luck!
NLD U16s v East Midlands U16s Report
Sunday 3rd November 2013 Bromsgrove RFC Super Sunday 1
NLDU16s 0 – 55 East Midlands U16s
Super Sunday 1 saw the NLD U16’s come up against a formidable East Midlands side. NLD began brightly and had periods of pressure, but East Mids were powerful at the set piece and breakdown and quick around the park and were able to put a number of tries on the first half to go in 33-0.
The second half saw NLD come more into the game and they had the best of the first 20 mins and were unlucky not to get over the line with East Mids as ruthless in defence as they were in attack. As NLD tired they were able to further the scoreline to run out deserved winners 55-0. Although a large defeat, the boys will have taken a number of lessons from the game and come back stronger.
Kaine Buchanan, Jack Dickinson, Calum Donnelly, Michael Hawksworth, Matthew Hopkins, Joshua Hubbard, Jake Jordan, Josh Latham, Joe McMenamin, Andy Musvaburi, James Newman, Eliot Bero, Daniel Openshaw, Zak Poole, Henry Pymm, Alex Scott, Connor Slack, John Statham, Lewis Winterbottom, Jordan Slack, Henry Mawhood
NLD U16s v Staffordshire U16s Report
Sunday 17th November 2013 Leicester Grammar School Super Sunday 2
NLDU16s 33 – 5 East Midlands U16s
Super Sunday 2 was the last chance for this seasons NLD 16s to impress the watching Midlands selectors and bounce back from the disappointment of the East Midlands defeat at Super Sunday 1. A fired up and focussed set of lads took to the field and tore into the Staffordshire side, using their aggressive forward pack to punch holes through the defence. After a few near misses it was Jack Dickinson who found himself on the wing for a deserved try. Soon after the unlucky Joshua Hubbard who was impressive through the season had to leave the pitch following injury. Jake Jordan ably took his spot and the aggression from the NLD pack continued as they dominated the opposition. Jordan was in the right place for the second try following good build up play from the back line who were just getting into their stride, Openshaw struck the conversion.
First phase ball was requested off scrums from coach Brian Dobb knowing how dangerous the backline was, and from a scrum Openshaw delivered a pre planned move with a well timed pass for Connor Slack who ran a perfect line from full back for the third try. Openshaw again kicked the goal.
Not to be outdone, the pack were showing their power at the set piece and following a series of drives, Joe McMenamin forced his way over the line for a deserved try, which Openshaw again converted.
Following the chance to refresh at half time, Staffordshire to their credit came out with more structure, and were looking to take NLD on round the fringes. This gained them more possession and territory, but they also came up against a determined NLD defence which repelled most attacks. It took a good 20 mins for NLD to add to their score, and it was again Connor Slack who steamed up from full back to pick a straight line for his brace at the posts. Openshaw was again successful. This was to end the NLD scoring for the game, and it was Staffordshire who came back stronger at the end to record a deserved try after a period of pressure.
The game ended as a deserved victory for NLD showing their character bouncing back after the East Midlands defeat, to impressively beat Staffordshire.
Jordan Slack, John Statham, Henry Mawhood, James Newman, Joe McMenamin, Josh Hubbard, Jack Dickinson, Zak Poole, Henry Pymm, Daniel Openshaw, Ryan Olowofela, Lewis Winterbottom, Jordan Olowofela, Callum Slack, Connor Slack, Pierre Byworth, Michael Hawksworth, Jake Jordan, Calum Donnelly, Alex Scott, Andy Musvaburi
This brings to an end this seasons NLD U16 campaign, and the coaches and management would like to thank the boys for the talent, maturity, and professionalism with which they have represented themselves, clubs, schools, and NLD throughout the campaign. Thanks also to all the parents for bringing them to training and games. We wish the boys the best of luck for the future.