YOUTH RUGBY: All Blacks youngsters show quality to down Buzzard

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Daventry U15s travelled to Leighton Buzzard for a friendly fixture and enjoyed an impressive 24-10 victory.

Both teams know each other well after two competitive matches last season.

Both matches, one league and one cup, were close encounters but ones which saw Leighton Buzzard end up victorious and go on to win the league.

Enjoying a very good season so far, Daventry travelled away, both full of confidence and keen to see how they had improved.

In what proved to to be a useful friendly, it was the hosts who took the initiative with a breakaway forwards try after only a couple of minutes.

On 11 minutes, Daecha Balding took a try that summed up the excellent season he is enjoying so far.

Like last week, Daventry applied excellent pressure, enjoyed the majority of possession and significant territorial advantage. Unlike last week, Daventry turned this domination into points as Connor Jones seized on a loose ball as the hosts desperately tried to clear their lines.

On the stroke of half time, and against the run of play, Leighton Buzzard broke free once more and, despite an excellent covering tackle by Connor, the player just did enough to carry the ball over the line.

At half-time it was Leighton Buzzard 10 Daventry 12, and all to play for.

Daventry started the second half as they finished the first. With total control of the game, Daventry kept calm and were soon rewarded for their efforts with a well-taken team try that was excellently finished by Joe Pyne.

Clearly rugby is a team game but often the unsung heroics of Daventry’s forwards don’t get a mention in these objective reports. This is being changed today as Dominic Channing powered over the ball after several well executed phases of forwards power play. With three players still to beat, Dominic showed great strength and determination to make the yards and ground the ball under pressure.

Despite the challenging position of the tries, Ben 
James managed to convert two of the kicks with one from a very tough angle to make it 24-10.