NLD U20s v East Midlands U20s

NLD U20s started the 2019 campaign with a dazzling performance against a strong East Midlands U20s. The blues secured an impressive 39-12 victory scoring a total of seven tries.

Derby RFC hosted the match and conditions were good with clear bright skies and a rather placid wing.

The squad comprised of:

Dan Lamb – Nottingham Trent University

Jordan Butcher – Spalding RFC

Jake Hicklin – West Bridgford RFC

James Bennett – Nottingham Corsairs RFC

John Cooke-Rogers – Melbourne RFC

George Harris – West Bridgford RFC

Jonny Morley – Belper RFC

George Pomfret – Lincoln RFC

Natty Brisco – West Bridgford RFC

Olly Overman – Derby RFC

Xander Purcell – West Bridgford RFC

Josh Sarsfield – Scunthorpe RFC

Jamie Murray – Nottingham Trent University

Finlay Tweedie – Newark RFC

Hugo Kellaway – Nottingham University

Iago Davies – West Bridgford RFC

Joe Barnes – Long Eaton RFC / Nottingham Academy

Harry Clempson – Nottingham Trent University

Josh Bloomfield – Nottingham Trent University

Andrew Brown – West Bridgford RFC

Robert Aikman – Nottingham University

Will Taylor – Paviors RFC

Logan Watt – Newark RFC

Joshua Beech – Melbourne RFC


The first twenty minutes were played with real ferocity and tempo with an early score for Iago Davis and two for Will Taylor. NLD’s ball retention was impressive as they recycled the ball with purpose and probed the opposition’s defence time and again. NLD dominated the game in the early stages as they controlled the key facets including scrum, lineout and backplay.

The second twenty saw a shift in momentum as East Midlands used their burly backrow runners to good effect. NLD coped well with these threats until a class line was run by their backrow who had power and pace to break through the home side’s defensive line to score. They soon had a second score with a quick pick and go from a couple of metres out. Before the first half was up NLD had scored a fourth try as the pace of the backline saw the ball spread wide left for a beautiful offload out of the tackle which Bloomfield raced onto to score.

Despite dominating the first period, NLD were challenged with playing with more composure and structure in the second half, as identified by the players leadership group. Ensuring the full squad was used, several interchanges had already been made in the first period, and more were to follow.

The second half started as the first had ended, with great energy and tempo from the home side. East Midlands were tiring and NLD continued to press hard with the ball in hand. Three more tries followed as Aikman, Brisco and Brown breached East Midlands’ defence to round off a fabulous performance with a fantastic result.

Each player represented the three counties with real pride and passion. A true testament to the great nature of the sport. Well done to all involved.