YOUTH RUGBY: James double is not enough for All Blacks

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Daventry Under-14s produced a stirring second-half performance as they were beaten 33-12 at Old Leamingtonians.

The home side dominated the first half and led 33-5 at the break. Daventry could have crumbled completely at this point, but they regrouped and went on to win the second half 7-0.

The match also started superbly for Daventry as Ben James scored a try to put the All Blacks 5-0 ahead.

But the lead was short-lived as OLs levelled with a try of their own, and then went on to score four more to take a big half-time lead.

Daventry made a few strategic changes to try and counter the threat from the home side’s pacy players and came out for the second half a different team.

The forwards were inspiredand the backs started moving the ball with purpose.

The second half was well contested, and the only score came from Daventry as when James scored his second try of the game, and he also converted this one.

Daventry on try trail as Neots are beaten

Daventry Under 15s had a dream start to 2014 as they hammered St Neots 48-0 to stay top of the league table.

It looked like it was going to be a tough day for Dav as for the opening 10 minutes St Neots turned on the power.

But Daventry held firm and took the lead after 12 minutes with a try through Harry Nightingale.

The second try came from a penalty in St Neots’ 22. Quick thinking by Piers Rogers saw him release Joe Green to score in the corner, and the third came from William Bennett after good work by Kai Dunlop. The half-time score was 15-0 to the All Blacks.

Daventry enjoyed a dream start to the second half as Fin Wilde took an excellent Joe Green pass and dotted down under the posts, Richard Andrews converting to make it 22-0.

The floodgates were now ajar, and Nightingale scored his second try of the game which was again converted by Andrews.

Next it was the turn of Hugo Rogers to cross the try line – a simple run in following another good run from Green.

Andrews converted again, but he missed out after the next try from Lachlan Freeman before the try-scoring was completed by Dunlop, with Andrews adding the final extras to make it 48-0.