YOUTH RUGBY: Daventry edged out by Casuals in a thriller

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Hugo Rogers was so close to leading Daventry to victory in a closely fought game at Casuals, with the Northampton side pinching a one-point 20-19 win in the final minute.

Daventry started brilliantly and scored a try through Lachlan Freeman, with Richard Andrews converting.

Casuals responded very quickly and were soon 10-7 ahead thanks to two tries. Daventry rallied under inspirational captain Rogers, and he scored the 24th-minute try that put Dav back in the lead, and they were still 12-10 ahead at half-time.

The All Blacks then stretched their advantage to 19-10. Lachlan Freeman picked up and drove strongly from a scrum and after another two phases of play Joe Green touched down close to the posts. Green also converted.

Casuals were rocking, but they showed their quality with their impressive No.8 driving over for a try, making it 19-15.

The last five minutes were very tense with Casuals camped in the Daventry half. Daventry were closing in on victory, but they were denied in final play of the game when the strength of the Casuals pack in an impressive maul took them over the line.

Under 10s

DAVENTRY’S mixed team enjoyed a day in the sunshine at the Long Buckby Rugby Festival.

In the first match, Daventry took an early lead but were eventually beaten 7-6 by Mens Own. The second match was against Markety Harborough, and Daventry eased into a 2-0 lead. Harborough fought back to level, but Daventry finished strongly to win 4-2.

The final match of the day was against Bugbrooke, who clearly had their sights set on wining the tournament.

With limited substitutes and with the squad carrying a few minor injuries, Daventry were well beaten.

Under 9s

DAVENTRY Under-nines got back in action after three weeks of training. Dav travelled to Wellingborough for a triangular with MK.

With a squad of nine, Daventry won two and drew one. Max showed his new tackling technique and Andrew made some important tackles . Joe made some great cover tackles. Ewan and Korben both shared the 9 role and did a great job. Max finished his tries well. In the last game Charlie and Lee carried the ball well and Liam was a menace all morning, making tackle after tackle. Will showed us his new found side step to score a superb try.

Under 7’s

FOUR boys from represented Daventry at an Under-sevens tournament in Wellingborough.

They played four games, two against Wellingborough and two against Milton Keynes, and all the boys ‘played their socks off’.