YOUTH RUGBY: Barlow return can’t inspire All Blacks

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Daventry under16s entertained Bicester and, after a slow start in which they conceded two tries, they played some great rugby and showed their spirit, but still ended up second best.

The backs looked sharp, but missed tackles cost points at this level. George on the wing was excellent and the newest player Brandon showed his development over the past few weeks.

The forwards had a bad day at the office, but on the plus side Joe Barlow returned to playing after his injury. Next week the squad travel to Ampthill in the league with a full squad

Rogers is the last-gasp hero for Daventry

Piers Rogers kept his cool to kick Daventry to a 12-12 draw in their showdown with Olney.

Daventry started the game well with Freddie Taylor scoring a try in the corner.

The elation didn’t last long as Olney ran in a try about five minutes later to level it up.

The game see-sawed with no further scores until half-time.

Olney piled on the pressure after the break, but Daventry held out for a long time until the visitors found a chink in their shield wall and drove home for a try, which was converted.

Now Daventry were on the back foot at 12-5 down and had to dig deep

Daventry responded well, piled on the pressure and scored a try through Charlie Rooney. Rogers was the man to had to land the conversion to tie the game at 12-12 - and he did just that! Man of the match was Lewis Evans.

Under nines deliver

Daventry took a strong squad to Buckingham, with Lee coming in for his debut and Cam the only absentee with a sickness bug.

Daventry won their first two games, playing their best rugby in the second game.

It was great to see Will get on the score sheet for the first time this year.

Liam was outstanding, tackling superbly, while new player Lee came within a metre of a try on debut and tackled well. Isaac danced down the touch line for one superb score, while Joe, Korben and Ewan were as dangerous as ever.

Charlie showed the benefits of running straight, sucking in three defenders for Jack to release Max to score in the corner.

The last game was the Blacks’ toughest challenge this season. A physical encounter saw the game go down to the last few moments. Some great defence from Buckingham kept out Ewan and Joe.

Under sevens struggle

Daventry Under 7s played Bletchley and Buckingham. They lost all three games but it was an enjoyable morning. Daventry’s play was a bit ‘frivolous’ at times which was reflected in the score.