YOUTH RUGBY: All Blacks run in 10 tries to sink Casuals


Daventry turned on the try style as they moved up to third in the league with a comprehensive 58-5 win over Northampton Casuals.

In all, the All Blacks scored 10 tries as the wet weather briefly disappeared to allow the game to be played.

The match couldn’t have got off to a better start when Harry Hayward opened the scoring with only one minute on the clock.

Six minutes later, Ben James doubled the lead with an impressive solo run which started from a strong scrum close to the opponents try line. Ollie Simms added a third on 11 minutes before Harry added his second on 13 minutes by taking advantage of some defensive gaps that were opened following several strong phases of controlled play.

A lot of teams would have given up following this relentless phase of early pressure by Daventry but not Casuals. Utilising the strong supporting wind, they found themselves camped on the Daventry try line, and they scored a deserved try to make the half-time score 26-5. With the wind behind them in the second half, Daventry turned on the style to score six further tries.

After only three on the second half clock, James got his second before five minutes later Nat Sheppard dotted down.

With the clock on 44 minutes, Joe Pyne got his reward with a well deserved try, and not to be outdone, Connor returned the confidence placed in him in his new position by scoring Daventry’s eighth try of the game.

Matt Jordan scored on 52 minutes and with only three minutes to go Ollie Simms continued his fine run of recent form to score his second of the game.

James converted three times and Matthew Jordan converted once.

Elsewhere, the Daventry under-16s drew 17-17 with Leighton Buzzard. Robbie was named man of the match.