Leicestershire vs NLD U16’s
26Th February 2017
This was the final game of the NLD under 16s season. The season had been affected by poor weather which impacted on training, so we could expect that the weather would once again not give us an easy ride. The wind was whipping round, line outs were struggling, balls kicked straight at posts ended up in Llandudno and both teams were blown around the pitch, which did not make for a free flowing game.
Leicestershire coped better with the weather than we did and ran three ties past us in the first half, converting two before NLD managed to fight back with a try from Elliott Caunt.
Given the windy conditions our kicking was not as accurate as we would have wanted and Leicestershire took full advantage of this.
In the second half the NLD rallied and there was some excellent defence with NLD getting to the breakdown more quickly and putting some good pressure on Leicestershire. Despite the NLD efforts Leicestershire scored again quickly in the second half. NLD were able to run a try past Leicestershire in the first 5 minutes of the second half thanks to the efforts of Will Harding-Terry with the try grounded by Adam Hopkins, which was successfully converted by Joe Barnes.
The final score was 50 to 12 to Leicestershire, which was disappointing for the players and not reflective of their abilities or the amount of work they put in, both in training and the game.
The NLD U16 season has now ended and we wish all the players well in their future rugby careers. For those of you who make it in rugby we hope we have played a small part in your journey and for those of you who make other choices, we hope you got things from your time with us to help you there.
For all the players we have seen this season who have turned up to training in filthy weather, because you were committed, who turned out to play in pitches so muddy that your parents had no idea who any of you were by the time you left the field, who have been rained on, blown about , who have seen players dejected and have supported them, who have strived to do their best and have kept on trying to the last whistle; then you have learned discipline, team work, persistence and determination which will stand you in good stead anywhere. You are a credit to your families and we look forward to seeing you go on to a bright future.
The NLD Under 16s Coaching & Management Team
The match on the 26th February is at Melton Mowbray RFC. There is a good amount of parking there and decent facilities and there will be a changing room for the squad.
We are advised the pitches are well drained but it can get cold there-so wrap up warm! There is catering after the match for players and the clubhouse kitchen and bar will be open for supporters.
Kick off is at 2p.m. –please aim to get to the clubhouse by 12.30 to allow for warm ups etc.
Steph is our physio on the day – let Lindsey know if anyone needs to see her before the match please. As usual if you are unable to play on Sunday for whatever reason, please contact Lindsey asap.
This is the last NLD U16 game so if anyone who is not selected would like to come and support we would be pleased to see you.
There is a player who has not received his tie due to injury, having played for the squad earlier and we will post the tie out directly although we’re sorry not to give it to you personally.
Can anyone who has taken an NLD waterproof top by mistake please return them to me-we may well need them on Sunday with Storm Doris hanging around.
See you all on Sunday and a big thank you to all the players and their parents/support network that have made this season for us.
- Ryan Toogood.
- Lewis Booth.
- Lochlan Dudley.
- Will Mason.
- Will Seage.
- Marcus Payne.
- Ryan Jones
- Adam Overton
- Samuel Booth
- Joe Barnes
- Ben Smith
- Joel Duckworth
- Adam Hopkin
- Will Town
- Elliot Caunt
- Stanley Hoare
- Joe Fitzsimmons
- Jack Pirie
- Luke Allen
- Tom Shaw
- Harris Orridge-DuBois
- Safwaan Ali
- Niall King
- William Harding-Terry
The NLD U16 Training Session will take place this evening (20th February) at Southwell RFC at 6.30pm. Any problems contact Squad Manager Lindsey Riley.
NLD U16’s 41 Eastern Counties U16’s 31
After several weeks of rain NLD managed to avoid the perils of Storm Doris and were blessed with a pitch to play on at Southwell RFC. The day was fine, clear and not too windy. Everyone turned up on time and Sammy the Physio duly strapped up the players who needed it before they hit the pitch.
The team were focussed and ready and we were optimistic. An optimism sadly dented after the first two minutes when EC, taking advantage of sloppy play on our side and benefitting from several penalties, managed to get a try past us, which they duly converted. About 5 minutes later our spirits were buoyed by Ben Smith blistering down the side to score a try for the NLD which Ben Dickinson converted.
EC replied with a try 14 minutes in and NLD showed they were not taking anything lying down with a try from Elliott Caunt half a minute later. The game ebbed and flowed and NLD had several chances which were defeated by sterling defence by EC and the score at half time was all square at 12 all.
The half time talk was more of the same please –the backs going on were told they had a bar raised very high for them by the backs in the first half and we expected them to rise to the challenge. The forwards had been very proactive in scrummaging and at breakdowns and getting the ball out to the backs and more of the same was required.
The subs had been running on with water, tactical advice and kicking tees all the first half and carried on in that supportive role in the second half – it was a real team focussed event.
The second half started and NLD built on their confidence with a try from Joe Barnes, followed less than a minute later by a try from Joe Fitzsimmons. (The forwards having decided not to let the backs have all the fun!) Ben converted the try and the confidence was soaring. This lasted for about a minute when EC replied with a try of their own. At this point the match started to look like a game of table tennis , with NLD scoring through Ben Smith again (converted by Ben D) and EC immediately replying with a try of their own.
NLD then scored through Will Harding-Terry, EC scored almost immediately which they converted and the margins between the two teams sat at 10 with NLD in the lead. There was not long left until the end of the game-but probably enough time for a motived EC side to claw back at least a draw if NLD took their foot off the pedal. Ben Dickinson had been subbed in the second half but was put back onto the pitch due a team member being sent off by the ref and Ben then scored a try which took the pressure off for a short while. EC then squeezed one in at the far corner and we were back to the 10 point gap again.
Luckily NLD held on with some sterling defensive work and at full time the score stood at 41-31 to the NLD. Big cheers all round for what was a whole team performance . There were moments of genuine poetry when the Forwards secured the ball and moved it out to the Backs and the Backs moved it seamlessly up and down their ranks until they managed to score a try. There were moments when the supporting play was breath taking and a player was tackled and offloaded to another player who off loaded again and there always seemed to be someone in support. The tackling was fierce with every player of every size committing whole heartedly, even if it meant wrapping themselves round the ankles of the man mountain of an EC prop to halt his progress or on one occasion three NLD players tackling him to the ground.
The fact that this performance was brought out when we had been unable to train for over two weeks shows you the determination the squad had to bring the result home. The match was filmed for us by Josh Biggs of Nottingham Trent University to send off to the Tigers Academy for them to “spot” players and Lindsey will send the link to this out to all parents once it is completed. It will also be uploaded onto YouTube – anyone with any concerns regarding this should contact Lindsey immediately. The next match should be filmed by Leicester so all players will get the chance to be on film.
The next game is away at Leicester on the 26th, it would be lovely to win but remember Dave’s wise words at the game VS EC (I am paraphrasing here Dave so don’t sue me) –“I would rather you played to the best of your ability and you try your best and we lose than you don’t play to the best of your ability and we win-after all this programme is to give you all the chance to shine “. So let’s build on that-see you all at training.
Match report: Lindsey Riley
NLD Under 16s are conscious we have a lost two training sessions due to bad weather. We have arranged a replacement training session on the 13th Feb at Southwell RFC from 6.30. We realise some of you may be away for half term. Please let Lindsey know if you will be unable to attend.
NLD U16s vs Staffordshire U16s 22 January 2017
This was a close game with two evenly matched teams. In the first few minutes of the game Staffs were close to scoring but a good tackle by Ben Dickinson saved the points. Staffs did score about 10 minutes later but failed to convert.
NLD were given a penalty at close range a few minutes later which Ben Dickinson popped over the uprights. After plenty of work from both sides Ben Smith scored from a breakaway which saw him sprinting almost the length of the pitch, hotly pursued by three Staffs players. Ben Dickinson converted the try.
At half time the score stood at ten all as Staffs pushed another try past the NLD defence.
Ten minutes into the first half and the NLD were putting in some sterling tackles, good runs and excellent play but were letting themselves down with a few silly mistakes and a few careless passes.
Just before full time Staffs scored another try which they converted, leaving the full time score as NLD 10 Staffs 17.
9-Harris Orridge Du-Bois
12-Ben Dickinson (Captain)
The squad for the NLD U16 Match on Sunday 22nd January against Staffordshire has been confirmed. Venue is at Derby RFC and kick off is at 2pm-please be there for 1 pm at the latest to warm up.
NLD will be playing on the main pitch and our changing room is No1 –it will be noted as NLD on the door.
Please bring your usual items such as boots, protective gear, medication –asthma spray etc and warm and waterproof clothing and water bottle .
Any questions please contact Lindsey Riley.
Please note there are two matches left to play and if you are not in this match then you will be selected in one of the others.
Please also note that we will be filming the match, if for any reason you do not wish to be filmed please contact Lindsey.
If any of the squad listed below is not available for Sunday please contact Lindsey immediately.
Starting Line up
1 Ryan Toogood
2 Tom Wide
3 Lochlan Dudley.
4 Will Backhouse.
5 Will Seage
6 Marcus Payne
7 Archie Offer
8 Adam Overton
9. Harris Orridge Du Bois
10. Jonny Law
11. Ben Smith (c)
12. Ben Dickinson
13. Will Harding-Terry
14. Adam Hopkin
15. Joel Duckworth
NLD Under 16s Match Report
8th January 2017
Billed as a CB Festival at Loughborough University NLD played Leicestershire, using the entire 33 man squad with Ben Dickinson as captain.
Leicestershire scored first and converted in the first few minutes when NLD were caught napping. NLD responded quickly with a try from Will Seage which Ben Dickinson converted. Leicestershire scored and converted shortly after and then scored again before NLD were able to reply with a try from Adam Hopkins and a try from William Town which was converted.
The Match was split into 4 20 minute sections to enable the Academy to view all players and by the end of the second 20 minutes the score stood at 29 17 to Leicestershire.
The entire squad now changed for the second half . The coaches had asked the players to tighten up the breakdowns and make their tackles count and as the third 20 minute section started with unseasonably warm January weather , one of the linesmen confided that he had two protective layers on under his shirt and was about to expire !
This was the strongest passage of play for NLD, Marcus Payne scored a try as did James Hather and another try was disallowed. Leicestershire produced a very fast winger who blasted past the NLD defence twice.
By the end of the third 20 mins the score stood at 45 to 27 to Leicestershire.
For the final 20 minutes the last three NLD players came on the pitch. Joel Duckworth scored again and his try was converted. Leicestershire sensing the margin was now only 9 points put their foot on the accelerator and by the end of the match the final score stood at 59 to 34 to Leicestershire.
It was a good performance from the squad and one they can build on . It is heartening to see so many different players in the squad scoring and it really demonstrates the good team working which was evident in the squad. There are areas we need to build on but we have a good platform for the next game.
There is no training on Monday-back to training as normal on Monday 16th January 2017.
Report by the NLD U16 Coaching & Management Team
NLD under 16s are playing at Loughborough University on Sunday 8th for the CB Under 16 Festival.
The match is against Leicestershire and kicks off at 11.00 a.m .
The changing rooms are next to the pitch and will have our name on it. All players will be supplied with catering after the game at the Towers cafeteria.
Players are to arrive changed in their tracksuits with Number 1s ( smart trousers, shirt, tie and smart shoes) for after the game.
Please make sure you bring warm and waterproof clothing to wear whilst waiting to play. Also bring water bottle, snacks (as required) and gum shield, protective clothing, any medication needed i.e Asthma inhaler
The whole squad will be playing in this Super Sunday, the match has been arranged to give every player the opportunity to play and will be divided into 4 20 minute sessions.
Because the whole squad will be given the opportunity to play there may not be enough NLD kit, therefore players should bring their own white shorts if they have them as well as some club socks.
The second match that day will be Staffs V Norfolk which kicks off at 12.45. We suggest you stay to watch this game as they are the opposition you will be playing in the coming weeks.
If you are unable to attend on Sunday due to illness/injury etc please contact Lindsey on 07910 406976 or [email protected] asap.
The NLD Under 16s Coaching & Management team.
|Orridge-Du Bois Harris|
The first training session for 2017 is weds the 4th January 2017 at Southwell RFC at the usual time.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and injury free 2017.
The NLD under 16s Coaching & Management Team.