Preston Grasshoppers U17’s Junior colts have successfully retained the Lancashire cup for the 5th year in succession! On Sunday the 6th May in perfect weather conditions and on probably the best playing surface we have seen for quite a while, which suited the way we wanted to play rugby, the U17’s turned in a quite impressive display to beat Broughton Park 42 – 5.
There was some strong forward play led superbly by Sam Gale and Andrew Hughes and Alex Casey making a Richard Morton style YouTube hit in first half. This enabled the backs to move the ball quickly through half backs Tom Kin & Alex Taylorson to strong running centres Oliver Yates & Ben Swift who then released the back 3 of Ben Rhodes-Powers, Oliver Jaques & Sam Hargreaves who’s kicking as usual was excellent.
A special mention must go to our front row, more commonly known to us as the bruise brothers, Dan Cross, Jack Wilkinson & Luke Woodward who as always really showed there much larger front row opponents how to scrummage and tackle. The back row pair of Evan Williams and Dom Aspinal kept the pressure on all game and our impact subs, who in any other side in the county would start, Matt Hardman, Ryan Wilkinson, David McCauley and Louis Motley kept the game flowing.
Alex Johnson, Curtis Woods and Robert McQuirk have played all season and were unlucky to be on the bench but came on and played their part. All 22 players contributed to a brilliant end of season display, well done lads we as coaches and parents are all proud of you.
1 Dan Cross, 2 Jack Wilkinson, 3 Luke Woodward, 4 Alex Casey, 5 Andrew Hughes, 6 Evan Williams, 7 Dominic Aspinal, 8 Sam Gale (C) , 9 Tom Kin, 10 Alex Taylorson, 11 Ben Rhodes-Powers, 12 Oliver Yates, 13 Ben Swift, 14 Oliver Jaques, 15 Sam Hargreaves
16 Alex Johnson, 17 David McCauley, 18 Louis Motley, 19 Matt Hardman, 20 Curtis Woods, 21 Ryan Wilkinson, 22 Robert McQuirk, (23 Alex Kitziltas)