Saracens - Loan Watch: Tough weekend for academy loan players

Dec 05, 2018

Loan Watch: Tough weekend for academy loan players

It was a difficult weekend for the Saracens academy players out on loan who all continued their learning by playing in some tough matches.

Charlie Watson, Tobias Munday and Alfie Scopes all featured for Old Albanian in their away match at Canterbury, suffering a 24-12 defeat. Watson showed attacking intent throughout but was sinbinned for a late tackle while Munday and Scopes displayed excellent physicality with the latter excelling in the line-out.

Bishop Stortford were edged out 16-15 by Blackheath courtesy of a late penalty. Reuben Bird-Tulloch put in a solid performance from the centre; prop Sam Crean looked good around the park and is starting to adapt to playing National One.

Sean Reffell was selected for Ampthill who went down 10-6 to Rosslyn Park. The back rower went well with Academy Manager Mike Hynard setting him the aim of focusing on his breakdown work.

Elliott Obatoyinbo continued on the wing for London Scottish as they lost to Ealing Trailfinders in the Championship Cup. Scottish are very happy with the young winger; he’s shown real intent to get his hands on the ball and has a desire to do well.

Elsewhere, five players went away to Loughborough for an England Under-20s Development Camp. Joel and Jon Kpoku, Andy Christie, Manu Vunipola and Oli Morris – a late call-up – all attended and received positive feedback. The quintet showed good behaviours and put a good case forward ahead of Six Nations selection. They’re in a group of quality which will be cut from 45 to 33 in early January.

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