Leek RFC hosted Staffordshire v NLD on a cold but sunny afternoon in the final U16 game of the 2017-18 programme, rescheduled after the weather had thwarted the original match date in January.
Staffordshire started the better of the two teams using a well drilled pack to crash over the NLD try line following a line out, NLD responded with some good running play resulting in a penalty which was slotted over from almost in front of the posts. They followed this up with a well worked move off a scrum with the backs showing how devastating straight running can be which resulted in a try under the posts which was duly converted. Then within sight of halftime Staffordshire scored twice converting one to take a 19-10 lead into the break.
The second half saw both sides ringing the changes and the NLD backs started strongly running the Staffordshire defense ragged for a well worked converted try, this drew an equally well worked converted try by Staffordshire. Another NLD try out wide closed the gap to within 4 points and with time running out NLD tried running from deep only to spill the ball. From the resulting scrum the Staffordshire pack went back to the tactic that brought their first try and they were rewarded with a try. Staffordshire then controlled the ball from the kick off and ran the clock out to take the win.
A great effort by a much changed NLD team, a big thank you to the players called up during the week, one only 48hrs before the game.
A special mention this week to the parents who took the honors on the side line being far more vocal than the Home supporters. Also thank you for chauffeuring the lads to training and matches this season it is much appreciated.
As the NLD U16 Programme concludes for 2017-18 we would like to thank the Coaching & Management Team, all of the Players involved in the Squad, Parents & Supporters as well as the Clubs for their support of the Programme.
Information regarding the 2018-19 NLD U16’s Programme will be released in due course.