When a lot of families were settling down to a Mother’s Day lunch, ORRFC U15 Boys were travelling to Guildford RFC. Their purpose, to take on Wimbledon RFC U15 Boys in their Quins Cup Final match.
Having faced them twice before this season, narrowly losing both times, we knew what we were up against and this spurred the boys on. With a fired up team, Matt Ainsworth scored the opening try, in the first five minutes. Sammy Taylor slotted over a superb conversion and we were off the mark. Following some strong disciplined play, Matt Ainsworth saw the ball over the line for the second time only a matter of minutes later.
With 10 mins to go until half time, Luke Smith pounced on a mistake and powered over for our third try. At this stage we definitely had the upper hand! Wimbledon weren’t giving up though. They fought back to score their only try and conversion just before the end of the first half. Half time score 17 – 7.
With fresh legs coming on the pitch for the second half, both sides were clearly determined to make this a half which counted. However, ORRFC were not going to make it easy for Wimbledon! Dan Williams quickly showed them we meant business by putting in our fourth try which was nicely converted by captain Josh Franks.
Dan Williams then capitalised on a scrum from a knock on 5 metres out from their line and didn’t think twice about scoring our fifth try. On the last play of the game Scott Fraser used his pace on the outside and ran in our sixth and final try. Which was again converted by Josh Franks.
There was never a moment of the game when the boys thought they “had it in the bag”. They played with passion throughout and when not attacking, their big defensive effort helped keep Wimbledon at bay! Special mention to Seth Saunders and Dan Williams for their huge hits!
The start of the 21/22 season saw the potential of the U15 boys folding due to lack of numbers. This finals victory is an outstanding end to a hard fought competitive season! Full credit to all the boys, coaches and parents for never giving up!
Final score 36 – 7 and winners of the U15 Boys Quins Cup, Hampstead Group, Chairman’s Cup
Squad: Matt Ainsworth, Ryan Conroy, William Ayles-Cordero, Henry Birinder-Ross, Clayton Blackburn, Christopher Brimm, Charlie Cooper, Leon English, Charlie Fitzpatrick, Josh Franks (C), Scott Fraser, Tiago Gudge, Max Hall, Sebastian Hooper, Harry Saunders, Seth Saunders, Jasper Scopes, Luke Smith, Sammy Taylor, William Telford, Dan Williams.