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Trojans Academy V Winchester Colts

League 1 Cup Final

Thursday 19th April.

 

Trojans Academy and Winchester Colts were meeting for the 7th and last time this season, having already played each other in the league, Cup and National Cup competitions, with the score standing at 3 wins each. The event had drawn a good crowd of supporters from both clubs.

 

The Cup Final proved to be an intense physical game of high quality and excitement. Winchester started strongly and were soon two converted tries to the good. Trojans seemed to have no answer to Winchester’s power and pace. A brief comeback was snuffed out 5 metres from the line when the ball went loose, was pounced on by the fast and agile Winchester wing who ran the length of the pitch to score.

 

A yellow card for the Trojans 10 (England Counties U18 player Tom Knight-Owen) put additional pressure on the defence and although no points were conceded during this period, a fourth Winchester try followed shortly after his return and with the conversion left Trojans trailing 0-24 after only 24 minutes and with seemingly no way back into the game.

 

With 10 minutes to go before half time Trojans seemed to find their groove and scored a well worked, converted try, and with the last play of the half, a second try, following a period of excellent support work, saw Trojans go over close to the posts. With the conversion coming back off the posts Trojans went into the break 24-12 down, but with a glimmer of hope.

 

Would the missed conversion prove to be decisive at the end?

 

The second half saw a complete reversal of fortunes as Trojans surged forward again and again.

 

Fitness has been a core sentiment for the Trojans squad throughout the season and once again it was to be, as the hardworking Winchester forwards started to show the pace, a yellow card in the Winchester pack was to prove critical.

 

At 24-24 there was a huge cheer from the Trojans supporters which carried the team forward again and soon it was 31-24.

 

Winchester, awarded a penalty just inside the Trojans half, opted to kick for goal and a well struck ball sailed between the posts in the night sky.

 

With the tension palpable both on and off the pitch it was Trojans who once again crossed the line, converting to make it 38-27. For the last 5 minutes it was left to Trojans to hold on against repeated Winchester attacks until the final whistle. (The second half score of 26-3 tells its own story)

 

Once again – WELL DONE to both squads of players.

Hampshire RFU Coaching Committee are pleased to announce the programme and booking details for the HRFU Coaching Conference 2018!

 

Venue: Oasis Academy, Lordshill, Southampton, SO16 0XN

Date: Sunday 8th July 2018

Time: 0900- 1700

 

Cost: £65 – includes lunch, polo shirt and accredited RFU CPD towards RFU Coach License

 

To book please follow the below link:

 

CPD Hampshire Coaching Conference Oasis Academy 8 Jul 2018

http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/courses/search/#/search?id=&c=&eventid=226338678

 

Programme Includes:

  • HRFU Coach of the Year 2018 presentation
  • Richard Cheetham MBE (UoW) – Learning About Learning: Enhancing Coaching Practice & Player Development
  • Russell Earnshaw (RFU Pathway Coach Developer & High Performance Coach) – Decision Making in Attack
  • Jack Pattison (London Irish DPP Manager) – Iron Curtain Defence & Counter Attack
  • Mark Luffman (England U18 Coach) – Attack Through Forwards from Set Piece & Breakdown
  • Dan Cottrell (Wales Age Grade Coach & Author) – Improving Tackling & Defence Through Games
  • Simon Aldridge (Hampshire Rugby Referees Training Officer) – Law Changes & Interpretations

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Although Hampshire narrowly failed to make the knock-out phase of the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship this season, 9 members of the squad have been selected by the London and South East assessors to attend an initial assessment day from which the Divisional squad will be selected.
 
 
 
 
 
It is a great achievement to have so many Hampshire players selected so congratulations and best of luck at Cheshunt RFC on Sunday 22nd April, go to the following members of the U20s squad:
 
 
Elliot Bellman - Havant
Rob Cuffe - Havant
Pita Koroi - London Scottish
Josh Moore - Swansea University 
Harry Johnston - Cardiff Met University
Russell Bennett - London Irish Wild Geese
Eddie Jenkinson - Birmingham University
Jerome Rudder - Havant
Cameron McDonald - Bracknell

Bali Salisbury praised his Portsmouth Valkyries squad after they lifted the RFU Junior Cup with a 22-8 win against Sutton Coldfield at Henley.

The Valkyries head coach was thrilled to the team lift their first silverware, said the PORTSMOUTH NEWS.

It was the biggest game the Rugby Camp club have been involved with in their 132-year history and it was the first time any Portsmouth senior side has won a national competition.

Salisbury said: ‘All the coaching staff are immensely proud of the efforts the players have made this season.

‘Not just the 22 involved in this game, but the entire squad that have made this season so successful.’

Team captains Charlie Morgan and Sandy Newsham lifted the trophy to the delight of the team and the travelling support.

This first silverware for the Valkyries is testament to the hard work they have put in on and off the pitch this season.

They continue to go from strength to strength with the ambition for a second senior team the Amazons and the creation of an under-13 girls team to help grow the future of women’s rugby in Hampshire.

A brace of tries each for wing Bronwyn Jacobs and full-back Makeda Lewis gave The Valkyries the edge over Sutton Coldfield with Jordan Wilshire providing the extra two points from the tee.

In the final stages the Valkyries stood up to everything Sutton threw at them.

Big tackles from prop Pauline French and second row Sydnee Checkley kept the opposition at bay.

Gutsy defence by Portsmouth was needed while the yellow cards were being served, wing Laura Ineson and her fellow backs put themselves on the line time and again, while forwards Wilshire, Kerrie McCormick and Lucia Crotti tackled with an intensity worthy of the occasion.

Both teams gave their all and both sets of coaches used their subs to replace tired and weary bodies in the final exciting minutes of the game.

Sadly, it wasn't quite to be a league and cup double despite beating London Welsh on Sunday 10-5, the bonus point the capital ladies took from the game meant they topped the table on points difference with both sides finishing on 60 points.

But what a season for the Valkyries!  Cup winners, second in the league, the creation of a second XV and new players pouring through the doors to join.  Hampshire Rugby is delighted to see the ladies set up thriving.

The second game between the England Counties U18 and the Ireland Schools and Clubs was a nail biting, exciting game of thrilling rugby. 
 
Ireland, determined to overturn the result on Wednesday, came out with enormous determination and scored their first converted try early in the first half. They were excellent in the line out and in their driving mauls putting England under real pressure.
 
England replied with a superb try from the first of three set up by Hampshire's Zach Clow and the conversion was the first of many great kicks by the England number 15. Hampshire's Tom Knight Owen made some superb kicks and fantastic tackles relieving the pressure in a strongly contested game.
 
Ireland hit straight back with another converted try which England answered and each side had a penalty kick each so both sides were level at 17 when they went in at half time.
 
A keenly anticipated second half did not disappoint the large crowd of hundreds of supporters. With a scoreline more akin to a tennis match than a rugby game, each side continued to score alternately with Hampshire's Luke Spring coming on to make a real difference steadying the scrum and made a telling pass for a key try. The England side again showed their team cohesion, self belief and sheer determination.  It was 29 - 29 at last play after charged down kicks and conversions when a penalty was given to England and they won 32 -29. 
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Exhausted players and spectators alike  celebrated a hard fought England win against an excellent Ireland performance. 
The after match presentation of England caps was a fantastic end to seven months of continual assessment and a recognition of the players commitment and ability.
 

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