Eastern Counties are a very strong well drilled side, half their team is formed from Leicester Tigers and the other half from Northampton Saints. It was always going to be a tough match for the NLD players and indeed it turned out to be just that.
In the first half Eastern Counties ran 4 tries past us NLD managed to get one try back as Emi Ilincuta fought his way over the try line, making the score 29-5 to Eastern Counties at half time.
In the second half NLD fought back but Eastern Counties got another 3 tries over the NLD line. NLD salvaged some pride with tries from Alfie Shaw and Jasper Nilsson. The try was duly converted and the final score was 48 -17 to Eastern Counties.
The whole team worked hard and we know are capable of so much more. Eastern Counties have given us a high bar to aspire to but we are confident that the players are capable of getting there.
Thank you all for your hard work at training and in matches. You have been a pleasure to work with -keep up the good work with your clubs and schools and we look forward to seeing you play again.
Match Report – Lindsey Riley, NLD U16 Manager