Aug 20, 2019

Weather The Winner @ u/18 Academy Tournament

 

In the Southern Conference, only two matches could be played while in the Northern Conference only 1 game was played due to weather conditions. The Northern Conference only the two last places in the playoff is still up for grabs with Leicester Tigers unbeaten after 5 league matches already certain of the 1st place.

In the Southern Conference Bath and Gloucester are tied at the top with 20 league points with Harlequins and London Irish only 3 and 4 league points adrift.

Northern Conference

Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers - Postponed

Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons - Postponed

Wasps 50-13 Northampton Saints

Wasps are busy turning their season around after beating Yorkshire 50-5 two weeks ago and  50-13 against Northampton Saints in a very onesided but exciting game this past weekend. This victory enabled them to move into the 2nd position on the log.

Southern Conference

Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins - Postponed

Saracens 21-29 Bath

With Gloucester losing and Quins not playing, it was Bath who managed to seize the opportunity to jump to the top of the table (albeit level on points with Gloucester) as they secured an excellent 29-21 victory away at Saracens, ending any hopes Saracens had of sneaking into the top 3.

London Irish 27-22 Gloucester

Gloucester u/18's fell to their first loss of the season against London Irish on Saturday. Despite a hat-trick from Louis Rees-Zammit Gloucester was defeated 22-27.

Gloucester was leading 12-0 and seemingly comfortably on their next victory. However, two yellow cards later things turned for the worse and London Irish closed the gap to 12 all at the half time break.

After trailing for most of the second half it seemed as if Gloucester could pull off a last-minute victory, much like they have become used to achieving. Gloucester was building momentum and was crawling their way up the field. However, a last play turnover penalty put an end to any hopes of a last-minute win.

After the game, Junior Academy Manager Alex Guest tried to determine what went wrong.

“We said in the week that Irish were going to come at us,” he said. “Unfortunately, some of our play wasn’t quite precise or clinical enough. Guest believes that the Gloucester side has a target on their back, with other teams desperate to beat them. “You go four from four in a league like this and people will try and turn you over. We knew that they were going to come at us and they were excited for the challenge.”

He said “We let Irish into the game a bit too easily. We let them stay in the game. We were just a little bit off today. It’s going to hurt a little bit. We will reflect on it but our minds are on Chiefs away now.”  

 

 

 

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