YOUTH RUGBY: Five-star Hayward boosts All Blacks

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Daventry Under-14s travelled to Earlsdon without seven regular players, but still recorded a impressive 34-5 win.

After five minutes of intense pressure on the opposition line Harry Hayward scored, but Earlsdon hit straight back with a try of their own.

Daventry shrugged that off to regain the lead with a try from Charlie Swallow.

From the restart, Daventry again attacked and Hayward scored his second try of the match, with Ben James adding the conversion to make it 17-5 at half-time.

In the second half there was some excellent defence from Connor Jones at full-back, while at the other end of the field Hayward was having a field day scoring three more tries to take his tally to five.

James converted one of them to make the final score 34-5.

Daventry secure revenge on Bletchley

Daventry Under-15s secured revenge for a defeat suffered at the hands of Bletchley last season, as they won this fixture 45-0.

The All Blacks opened their account early on with Freddie Taylorrunning in at pace following some good passing from the backs, which was converted by Joe Green.

On 16 minutes a Bletchley clearance kick was caught by Archie Darby who ran well and set up Harry Nightingale to score and make it 12-0.

Taylor soon scored his second try of the game, which was converted by Green, and Daventry were in control at 19-0.

The scoring didn’t stop there, as from the restart Matthew Brighty tidied up loose ball and handed it to Lachlan Freeman who burst his way through three attempted tackles and run more than half the length of the pitch to score, Green again converting and the All Blacks led 26-0 at half-time. The second half got off to a flying start as Fin Wilde scored a cracking solo try, which was converted by Richard Andrews.

There then followed a period of some very aggressive play close to the Daventry line. Forwards and backs both tackled well, led by Kai Dunlop, to keep the opposition out.

Daventry weathered the storm, despite seeing the dismissals of Harry Morris and Lachlan Freeman as tempers flared.

Despite the loss of players, the rest of the team remained committed. The five remaining forwards worked hard on doing their basics, notably Matthew Brighty and Thomas Critchley.

Daventry eventually added to their try tally through Charlie Rooney and Lewis Evans, the latter being converted by Andrews to make the final scored 45-0.

Matthew Brighty was named man of the match.