Aug 23, 2017
Mixed Results for Academy sides in Allianz Park Clashes
It was a day of mixed results for Saracens Academy, with both Saracens Under-18’s and Under-16’s in action at Allianz Park.
Saracens Under-18’s vs Northampton Under-18’s
A tough test saw Saracens Under-18’s fall 19-40 to Northampton Under-18’s.
Scrum-half Rory Inwood put in a stand out performance, tackling above his weight and creating opportunities.
However, tries from Inwood, fullback Tom Walker, and winger Jake Morris weren’t enough, as the Men in Black struggled to contain Northampton’s powerful attack.
They kept it close through 60 minutes, though the sun finally broke the clouds and Northampton opened the game up with 20 minutes to go.
A rough start put Sarries on the back foot from the get go, as a lapse in concentration saw Northampton’s forwards capitalise on a turnover straight from the kick-off, breaking through the lines for the game’s first score.
It took 15 minutes for Saracens to move into the Northampton half, but a break from halfway finally set up possession in Northampton’s 22. Inwood masterfully spun free of a tackle to level the score from five metres out.
The success was short lived, as the Saints’ pack carried them right back down the field to put Northampton back on top. Northampton added another before the half-time whistle to go in 7-19 up.
Sarries came out fighting, and Walker seized upon an early opportunity, gliding through outstretched arms as he broke away to score in the left corner, keeping Saracens in the game.
They stayed in it for another 10 minutes but the Saints’ relentless pressure became too much, scoring twice in quick succession to all but put the game away.
They added one more, before Morris snuck in to Northampton’s corner for the game’s final score.
Scorers - Rory Inwood, Tom Walker, Jake Morris.
Saracens Under-16's vs Harlequins Under-16's
Saracens Under-16’s told a different story. Flexing their muscles in an impressive 35-5 victory over Harlequins Under16’s, as a dominant pack led the charge.
Two tries from winger Chris Hooper capped of a performance in which defence reigned supreme, holding Harlequins out until the final minutes.
Handling errors and penalties plagued both sides early on, but the muggy grey air hanging over Allianz Park did nothing to slow the game down.
The young front row set the tone, and there will be more than a few bruises courtesy of number eight Brandon Jackson, who’s vicious handoffs proved somewhat of a trademark.
Scrum half Favell Charles opened the scoring, sneaking over the line from a ruck, on the back of a bulldozing run from prop Riria Kivindyo.
The forwards took over the rest of the first half, helping Saracens keep Quins pinned down as they ran in 4 more tries, including an impressive effort by flanker Toby Knight who carried three defenders 10 metres to the line.
Fullback Ioan Parry also shone, collecting a difficult kick and dodging three tacklers, setting up the first of Hooper’s two tries.
The second half was more of the same, as the pace picked up and fresh legs opened the Quins defence twice more.
A scrap for the ball in their own 22 finally let Harlequins in, but the game had been over long ago and it was a promising performance from the young Men in Black.
Scorers – Favell Charles, Jevaughn Warren, Toby Knight, Chris Hooper x2, replacements x2.