YOUTH RUGBY: Hayward runs in hat-trick as Daventry sink S&L

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Daventry Under-14s turned in one of their best performances of the season in their final competitive match of the campaign to see off Stewarts & Lloyds 27-7 and win the league.

With both teams level on 10 points from four games, Daventry went into this final fixture marginally ahead on points scored and everything to play for.

Despite some strong defence, S&L powered over for a converted try after five minutes.

Daventry composed themselves and, on 13 minutes Charley Swallow finished off an excellent team try. This wasn’t converted, and S&L led 7-5 at half-time.

The second half started in the same competitive way, but Daventry edged ahead after six minutes thanks to a try from Ollie Simms which was converted by Ben James to take Daventry into the lead for the first time. Nine minutes later, Harry Hayward finished off another good team effort, and the third try proved to be decisive as Daventry were able to relax and show their true potential.

Two minutes laterDaventry wrapped up the win after some quick thinking from James set up Hayward for his second try. On the stroke of full-time, Hayward finished off a great day for him and the team as he scored an excellent individual try to bring up his hat-trick.

Under 15s

Wellingborough 32 Daventry 7

Daventry travelled to Wellingborough for a friendly against a well-drilled and disciplined premiership side.

The game couldn’t have started any better for Daventry, as after just two minutes the ball was passed crisply down the back line with Joe Green injecting pace and beating a number of tackles to touch done for a great try. It was converted by Richard Andrews.

Wellingborough responded well and developed a grip on the game. Daventry remained competitive, but possession was limited, and by half time Borough had gone over for two unconverted tries to lead 10-7. The second half was dominated by Wellingborough who scored four unanswered tries. Whilst, Daventry competed for the full 30 minutes they were never really able to build up a head of steam and string phases of play together to put the opposition under pressure.

The tackling of many of the boys was technically good with a focus on going low.

Under 16s

Daventry 60 Casuals 0

Daventry hosted Casuals and the sides shared players to ensure the game could take place.

A competitive contact area made Daventry pack work hard.

The Daventry backs showing good hands to create opportunities unfortunately players being greedy failed to utilise overlaps. Man of the match was Lawrence.