Jan 30, 2017
Report: U18s edge 11-try thriller at Allianz Park
Saracens U18s defeated a spirited London Irish U18s 38-31 side in an entertaining 11-try thriller at Allianz Park on Saturday afternoon.
Tries from centre Josh Hallett, lock forward Cameron Boon, win Dagvid Jimoh, flankers Andy Christie and Sean Reffel and a score from replacement back Joe Hall. Fly-half Manu Vunipola added eight points with the boot.
Saracens ran into a 12-0 lead after a cagy opening 20-minute period of play. First to score was centre Josh Hallett, who collected a fine delayed ball from outside Manu Vunipola to crash over. Irish looked to hit-back but after Oli Morris countered from deep, Saracens spread the play to find lock forward Cameron Boon who waltzed in to score to give the hosts a 12-0 lead.
Irish hit back with a try from left wing Connor Burns, only for Saracens to reassert their advantage when Burns’ opposite wing David Jimoh raced onto a fortuitous bounce to score his side’s third of the afternoon with Vunipola adding the extras.
The game was open and Irish hit back via a Ronan Maloney try to make the scores 19-14. This was a tit-for-tat contest as both teams traded blows, with Saracens’ industrious back rower Andy Christie finishing powerfully in the corner to dot the ball down for the games next try.
Irish rallied, as they ran in two quick-fire scores from the ever-dangerous Burns and scrum half Harry Delany to take the lead for the first time of what was turning out to be a pulsating contest.
Saracens though remained calm, and talismanic skipper Sean Reffel who showed the way for his side to regain the lead for the hosts. Vunipola once again added the extras.
From the restart, Saracens ran-in their final score of the game, with replacement back Joe Hall to score. Irish added another try, with Burns crossing for his hat-trick ty of the afternoon.
Final Score: Saracens U18 38 London Irish U18 31
Saracens U18s: 15 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 14. Chris Annous, 13. Oli Morris, 12 Josh Hallett, 11 David Jimoh; 10 Manu Vunipola, 9. Bryn McCall; 1. Kapeli Pifeleti, 2. Sam Crean, 3. Andrew Boye, 4. Cameron Boon, 5. Joel Kpoku, 6. Andy Christie, 7 Sean Reffel (c), 8. Tobias Munday
Replacements: 16. Billy Young, 17. Elliot White, 18. Edward Thompson, 19. Alfie Scopes. 20. Oscar Furneaux, 21. Matteo Petrozzi, 22. Ollie Buck, 23. Joe Hall
Tries: Hallett, Boon, Jimoh, Christie, Reffel, Hall
Conversions: Vunipola (4/6)
London Irish: 15 Ben Loader, 14 Ronan Maloney, 13 Fergus Guiry, 12 Jacob Webb, 11 Connor Burns, 10 Russell Bennett, 9 Harry Delaney, 1 Ben Connor, 2 Callum Torpey, 3 Brandon Baker, 4 Ben Donnell, 5 Harry Butler, 6 Elliot Quinton, 7 Henry Fuller, 8 Josh Basham
Replacements: 16 Jimmy Barrett, 17 Jamie Henson, 18 Joe Toguri, 19 Max Ayling, 20 Josh Smart, 21 Archie Dunhill, 22 Reuben Knight, 23 Jack Jesty
Tries: Burns x3, Maloney, Delany
Conversions: Bennett (3/5)