Mar 30, 2016
A-League Refresher: Your Academy Stars
Monday night saw the resumption of the A-League campaign and with the last round of games taking place at the beginning of January, there has been an almost two month wait between round four and round five games. To refresh your memory after the break we round up some of the brightest Academy stars in action for Saracens Storm this season.
Gallagher showed tremendous energy by getting on the ball and making a number of breaks early on in Monday’s encounter. An England Under 18 international, Gallagher made his first A League appearance away to Exeter Braves in round 1 of the A -League campaign as a substitute before appearing in the home encounter against Bath United where he scored a fine try. Currently dual registered with Old Albanians, His appearance on Monday was his second start of the campaign, this time at full back showing his versatility in the back three.
Whiteley came on as a substitute in Monday night’s game and impressed in the closing stages after Ben Spencer’s substitution. A former Rosslyn Park sevens player of the tournament with Millfield, he previously played at full back but has now been moulded into a scrum half since joining the Saracens academy. Tom Whitely started this seasons A-League campaign by coming on as a substitute away to Exeter Braves. On his introduction, he managed to charge down Will Hooley’s kick to score a great try. Whitely scored his second try in as many games in an impressive cameo against London Irish and has since gone on to make an appearance in every A League game this season.
A former England U20s star and a Junior World Championship winner Aaron Morris become the youngest Bedford player to make his debut in the professional era where he appeared for the Club as a 17 year old. A former outside half, Morris has since switched to the centre where he currently plays for Saracens. He had made one substitute appearance prior to Monday’s appearance away to Wasps at the end of December in round 3 of the A -League.
Biyi stood up well to the brute force of the Quins A scrum on Monday and worked well in the loose by curtailing the Quins A attack throughout the game. Powerful prop Alo has made a big impression since joining Saracens from Bedford Blues and has amassed U17 and U18 honours as well as lifting the Junior World Championship title with England in 2013. He has been part of the Saracens set up for over 5 years and made his senior debut for in the LV Cup in 2014. He is currently on dual registration with Bedford this season.
Thompson-Stringer was part of the successful England under 20 Junior World Cup winning team in 2014 alongside Saracen teammates Maro Itoje and Nick Tompkins and is currently on dual registration with Bedford Blues. After starting his career as a back row his versatility is now being demonstrated as he coverts his favoured position to prop. Hayden started at loose-head earlier in the A-league season and his good performance was rewarded with his first try of the campaign from a rolling maul early in the first half of that game. On Monday he started again in the front row against a solid Quins A scrum, holding his own against ex- Wales International Adam Jones. This was a massive test for him as he was put up against an experienced campaigner and he came through the challenge with flying colours.
You can next catch the Academy boys in action with their fellow Storm teammates when Saracens take on Bristol United away on the 11th April.