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U13s - Match centre

Chester Gladiators
Telford Raiders
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Tries
S Preece (4), J Mallin (3), J Reynolds
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Conversions
F Garner, J Mallin (2)
Sun 10 Jun 12:00 - League Full time

Raiders u13s come up just short at Chester

Telford's enthusiastic squad finally got their first competitive fixture of 2018 and produced an entertaining, exciting display of rugby that ended with the narrowest of defeats in a game where each team scored 8 tries!

A day after the men's 1st team lost in a similar narrow, high-scoring manner, the Raiders u13s travelled to a Chester Gladiators side who had played a number of North West Counties games this season already.
After a mistake receiving the kick-off gifted the home side an early try, captain Sam responded quickly when he spotted a gap in the defensive line and accelerated past the full-back.
However, Telford let the resulting kick-off bounce & go into touch, giving Chester possession which they turned into a converted try through their powerful forward pack.
Not to be out-done, the Raider's big guys immediately responded, with powerful carries from the likes of Caleb and Tyler and especially James who powered over to make the score 10-8.
Sam scored another long-range effort shortly after, converted by Charlie, and Jake also got over the line with a good supporting run to benefit from an impressive James offload.
Despite a Chester score in reply, the lads took a well-earned half-time drink ahead on the scorebard 14-18.
Shortly after the restart, Sam extended the Raiders' lead with another impressive wide run (converted by James), but the team unfortunately lost dummy-half Archie to a hand injury who had given them good pass service and direction from the play-the-ball.
This disruption let the home side back in to the contest, and with restarts being taken by the conceding team (a rule concession agreed before the game), Telford then had to endure a 15 minute spell where they barely had the ball, defending repeat sets in the searing heat, and Chester scored 5 tries back-to-back to take a seemingly unassailable 40-24 lead.
However, the lads' team spirit really came to the fore, as they rallied, and with Olly ably stepping into the dummy-half position and brave attacking efforts from Aidan, Caleb & Ned and a superb try-saving tackle from full-back Jake, suddenly the Gladiators were the team looking tired.
James powered over and Sam scored from a trademark mazy run, but neither were converted leaving an 8 point deficit with 2 minutes to play.
This was just too much to overturn, as the Raiders got the last try scored and converted by James but ran out of time as the final whistle was blown with the score 40-38 to the home side.
Coaches Alex & Gareth were really impressed with the squad's first outing of the season, and especially at the skill level, willingness to play exciting attacking rugby, and the team spirit shown to endure a tough 2nd half in the sun and so nearly getting that come-back win.
We can't wait for the return leg in Telford!!

Key moments

2:00
Try Try for Chester Gladiators
6:00
Try Sam Preece scores for Telford Raiders
8:00
Try Try for Chester Gladiators
8:00
Conversion Conversion for Chester Gladiators
10:00
Try James Mallin scores for Telford Raiders
12:00
Try Sam Preece scores for Telford Raiders
12:00
Conversion Fiona Garner kicks a conversion for Telford Raiders
16:00
Try Jacob Reynolds scores for Telford Raiders
18:00
Try Try for Chester Gladiators
22:00
Conversion James Mallin kicks a conversion for Telford Raiders
22:00
Try Sam Preece scores for Telford Raiders
26:00
Try Try for Chester Gladiators
26:00
Conversion Conversion for Chester Gladiators
28:00
Try Try for Chester Gladiators
29:00
Conversion Conversion for Chester Gladiators
31:00
Try Try for Chester Gladiators
31:00
Conversion Conversion for Chester Gladiators
33:00
Try Try for Chester Gladiators
36:00
Try Try for Chester Gladiators
38:00
Try James Mallin scores for Telford Raiders
40:00 +1:00
Try Sam Preece scores for Telford Raiders
40:00 +4:00
Try James Mallin scores for Telford Raiders
40:00 +4:00
Conversion James Mallin kicks a conversion for Telford Raiders

Highlights

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40:00 +4:00 Try 40 - 36
James Mallin scores for Telford Raiders
40:00 +4:00 Conversion 40 - 38
James Mallin kicks a conversion for Telford Raiders
40:00 +1:00 Try 40 - 32
Sam Preece scores for Telford Raiders
38:00 Try 40 - 28
James Mallin scores for Telford Raiders
36:00 Try 40 - 24
Try for Chester Gladiators
33:00 Try 36 - 24
Try for Chester Gladiators
31:00 Try 30 - 24
Try for Chester Gladiators
31:00 Conversion 32 - 24
Conversion for Chester Gladiators
29:00 Conversion 26 - 24
Conversion for Chester Gladiators
28:00 Try 24 - 24
Try for Chester Gladiators
26:00 Try 18 - 24
Try for Chester Gladiators
26:00 Conversion 20 - 24
Conversion for Chester Gladiators
22:00 Conversion 14 - 20
James Mallin kicks a conversion for Telford Raiders
22:00 Try 14 - 24
Sam Preece scores for Telford Raiders
End of period 1
18:00 Try 14 - 18
Try for Chester Gladiators
16:00 Try 10 - 18
Jacob Reynolds scores for Telford Raiders
12:00 Conversion 10 - 14
Fiona Garner kicks a conversion for Telford Raiders
12:00 Try 10 - 12
Sam Preece scores for Telford Raiders
10:00 Try 10 - 8
James Mallin scores for Telford Raiders
8:00 Try 8 - 4
Try for Chester Gladiators
8:00 Conversion 10 - 4
Conversion for Chester Gladiators
6:00 Try 4 - 4
Sam Preece scores for Telford Raiders
2:00 Try 4 - 0
Try for Chester Gladiators
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chester Gladiators
  • Telford Raiders
  • 0
  • Try 2:00'
  • Sam Preece Try 6:00'
  • Try 8:00'
  • Conversion 8:00'
  • James Mallin Try 10:00'
  • Sam Preece Try 12:00'
  • Fiona Garner Conversion 12:00'
  • Jacob Reynolds Try 16:00'
  • Try 18:00'
  • Sam Preece Try 22:00'
  • James Mallin Conversion 22:00'
  • Try 26:00'
  • Conversion 26:00'
  • Try 28:00'
  • Conversion 29:00'
  • Try 31:00'
  • Conversion 31:00'
  • Try 33:00'
  • Try 36:00'
  • James Mallin Try 38:00'
  • Sam Preece Try 40:00 +1:00'
  • James Mallin Try 40:00 +4:00'
  • James Mallin Conversion 40:00 +4:00'

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