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2nd XV - Match centre

Wolverhampton III
Uttoxeter 2nd XV
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - Staffordshire Merit Tables - Division 1 Full time

Great win for the 2nd XV

Great win for the 2nd XV

The 2nd team travelled to Wolverhampton for their second merit league game of the season. With many players out of position and the opposition pack looking considerably larger than Uttoxeter’s young and lightweight forwards, it was sure to be an interesting game. As expected Will Hulme carried well in the centre, making some good ground in some early exchanges and put a halt to any Wolverhampton attacks. The scrums as expected were challenging with the Wolverhampton pack putting severe pressure on Uttoxeter, however Tom Hayes did a fantastic job of digging the ball out of the second rows feet and providing Harry Bettany with some quality ball for the backs to work with. The opposition scored first and converted but Uttoxeter came back almost immediately when Will Hulme was awarded a penalty try for being tackled high 5 metres from the line. Wolves then scored another converted try to lead 12 – 7 at half time. In the second half Wolverhampton’s large forwards starting to tire and Uttoxeter’s young side took the opportunity to play more expansive rugby, Paul Draycott counter attacking from deep, then Tom Hayes feeding Luke Jones to score in the corner. Considering the size of the opposition, Uttoxeter were tackling ferociously, led by Jonny Castledine, Owen Humphries and Nathan Fletcher who never took a step backwards. Harry Bettany scored an excellent try which he converted himself to put Uttoxeter 19 – 10 ahead with 10 minutes to play however Wolverhampton’s talented young winger scored in the corner after a well worked move, which meant a conversion to draw the game with the final kick, which they thankfully missed. A fantastic performance, and if the core group of this young team, assisted by the older players, can stay together for the season, Uttoxeter will sure be challenging for a strong finishing position in the merit league

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Other Division 1 results

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47
15
Leek 3rds
17
12
Lichfield 3rd XV
30
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Lichfield 3rd XV 7 22
2. Essington 2nd XV 7 19
3. Newcastle (staffs) 3rd XV 6 17
4. Leek 3rds 7 17
5. Uttoxeter 2nd XV 5 14
6. Willenhall 3rds 6 14
7. Walsall 3rd XV 5 13

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