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U16’s Magnificent 7

On Saturday our U16’s took part in the Spring 6’s, hosted by Gateshead Storm.

The team consisted of:

1. Toby-George Clarke

2. Harry Hammond

3. Lewis Roberts-Austin

4. ⁠Jack Buttitta

5. ⁠Lucas Dolan

6. ⁠Josh Gratton

7. Connor Farrelly

It was another cracking day out playing in the Spring 6s at Winlaton. The team played 4 games against Storm and Rockets coming out with the following stats.

W2 D1 L1

Man of the match - Connor Farrelly playing though every game, in true Crusader spirit and the 4th game with a dead left arm. After the games the lads, being part of the Crusader Family, got together and congratulated and supported Connor. Well done lads it brought a tear to the eye of this old grumpy coach.

The 1st game was played in usual Crusaders fashion of being slow out of the blocks and going down to a defeat from a very strong Storm team. However, Harry Hammond did score the last try after a great set of six and a kick and chase which he recovered, so we will take that as a moral victory as Ally McKechnie (asst-coach) shouted ”next try the winner” before he scored.

The 2nd game was against Rockets and the lads showed some great play and came away with a victory, spurred on by Jack Buttittia (vice-Captain) rousing speech before kick off. Rockets never gave up and it was agreed by the Rockets coach that it was a really good game.

There was then back to back games against two different Storm teams. The 3rd game was won by the lads but at a cost of injuries to Harry, Connor and Joshua. In the 4th game they showed true Yorkshire grit by grinding out a draw even being down in numbers.

Coach Ian ended the day feeling really proud of the lads.

Out of the Magnificent Seven, there was only 1 recognised forward in Joshua Gratton, so they had to adapt to a different style of play as the majority were backs.

Thanks Ian for the match notes.

“This is all you need lads”

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