LONDON SCOTTISH WIN BEDFORD 10s

London Scottish were deserved winners of the Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side Tournament, beating a strong Loughborough University side by 21pts – 7 in an entertaining final at Goldington Road.

The competition was designed to showcase the player development work being carried out by a number of Championship clubs as well as giving the players a competitive focus to end the season.  With six sides participating in two pools of three, there was non-stop rugby all day.

In Pool A Ealing Trailfinders started the day at a gallop with a win by 52pts – 5 over London Welsh.  London Scottish won their two Pool games with victories over Ealing (12pts – 7) and London Welsh (27pts - 10) to go into the Cup Final with Ealing going into the Plate Final and London Welsh into the Bowl Final.

In Pool B Loughborough University won their two games against Moseley (27pts – 6) and Bedford Blues (34pts – 17) to take their place in the Cup Final.  With Moseley beating Bedford Blues by 10pts – 7, it was Moseley who went into the Plate Final and Bedford into the Bowl Final.

The Head Coaches of all the participating clubs cast their votes for the SDC Player of the Tournament during the day.  With Aaron Phillip, London Scottish, in third place, Fergus Jemphrey, Loughborough University, in second place, the award was won by Alistair Wealthall of Moseley.
 

London Welsh

5

vs

52

Ealing Trailfinders

Loughborough Uni

27

vs

5

Moseley

Ealing Trailfinders

7

vs

12

London Scottish

Moseley

10

vs

7

Bedford Blues

London Scottish

27

vs

10

London Welsh

Bedford Blues

17

vs

34

Loughborough Uni

 

Pool A

P

W

D

L

Pts F

Pts A

Pts Diff

Pts

London Scottish

2

2

0

0

39

17

22

4

Ealing Trailfinders

2

1

0

1

59

17

42

2

London Welsh

2

0

0

2

15

79

-64

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pool B

P

W

D

L

Pts F

Pts A

Pts Diff

Pts

Loughborough Uni

2

2

0

0

61

22

39

4

Moseley

2

1

0

1

15

34

-19

2

Bedford Blues

2

0

0

2

24

44

-20

0

 

In the third place play off Bowl Final Bedford Blues began to play some good rugby against London Welsh.  A break by Callum Tormey, and an offload to Sam Easton, gave the Blues their first try, converted by Max McMinn, after 1 minute.  Welsh levelled the score straight after with a try from Rory Saunders.  Bedford hit back with a strong break from Tim Herbert who offloaded to Olly Howard to score.  Herbert scored himself a few minutes later to make the score 17pts – 7 at half time.  Further tries by Jack Spurr and Tormey, both converted by McMinn, with a late score from London Welsh, made the final score 31pts – 14 to Bedford to win the third place play off Bowl Final.

In the Plate Final Ealing got off to a good start with a quick tries from Charlie Fatoma, and Conor McPartlin.  Reon Joseph, one of the stand out youngsters on display, scored a third, with the conversion by Fatoma giving Ealing a 17pts lead.  Moseley hit back with a try from Morgan Dawes, converted by Alistair Wealthall to make it 17pts – 7 at half time.  Alex March scored for Ealing straight after half time  to make it 22pts – 7.  The remainder of the second half was a much tighter affair with Moseley beginning to cause Ealing some problems, but the Ealing defence held firm, for Ealing to win the Plate Final by 22pts – 7.

The final saw the two undefeated sides from the Pool games meet each other, London Scottish and Loughborough University, and the prospect of a good final.  Scottish took an early lead with a try from Michael Ogunwole, converted by Aaron Phillip.  They went further ahead mid-way in the half with a try from Alex Kane, converted by Phillip.  Loughborough played some good rugby and pressurised Scottish, but their defence held, before Ogunwole scored again, converted by Phillip, to give Scottish a 21pts – 0 half time lead.  With the game looking to go London Scottish’s way, Loughborough began to play at a real pace and stretched the Scottish defence.  Mark Dixon scored a good try, converted by Max Douch, to narrow the gap to 21pts – 7, after 5 minutes.  The remainder of the half saw two good sides playing some good rugby, but neither side could score, making London Scottish deserved winners of the second Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side tournament.    
 

Third Place Play Off

 

 

 

 

London Welsh

14

vs

43

Bedford Blues

 

 

 

 

 

Plate Final

 

 

 

 

Ealing Trailfinders

22

vs

7

Moseley

 

 

 

 

 

Cup Final

 

 

 

 

London Scottish

21

vs

7

Loughborough Uni

 

Bedford Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “We were delighted with the quality of play and the spirit the games were played in.  The final between London Scottish and Loughborough University was a great game of rugby, with Scottish deserved winners, but not having it all their own way.  The quality of rugby all day was strong, and I am sure that some of the players on show today will be featuring in the Championship in the next couple of years.”

“Thanks go to all the staff at Goldington Road for staging the tournament, to the referees for officiating and keeping the games fast flowing.  It was great to see ex-Blues, and now Harlequins, scrum half Karl Dickson, who accepted our invite to be one of the referees.  Most of all a big thanks to the Coaches, Physios, Team Managers and Players who performed so well over a tough day”

 

Bedford:  Leon Patel-Champion, George Harris, Charlie Harvey, Tim Herbert, Reuben Pritchard, Rahat Choudhury, Sam Easton, Jack Spurr, Ethan Hughes, Olli Howard (capt), Callum Tormey, Ben Philips, Alex Crocker, Ollie Brown, Malcolm Milligan, Max McMinn, Ross Taylor.

 

Photos:
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  • Alistair Wealthall, Moseley, receiving the Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side SDC Player of the Tournament trophy from Blues President Gareth Davies
  • Blues Captain, Olly Howard, receiving the Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side Third Place Play Off trophy
  • Ealing Captain Alex March, receiving the  Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side Plate
  • London Scottish captain, Bradley Ogundolunwa, receiving the Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side Cup
  • London Scottish Squad

 

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