Invergordon, Saturday 10 December 2016
Orkney U16s 35 Stornoway U16s 7
On Saturday the under 16 squad travelled to Invergordon to play Stornoway , in recognition of the travel difficulties facing both clubs the SRU allowed the game to be classed as a double header meaning that double points would be awarded.
The game kicked off in ideal conditions being dry with only a slight breeze. In the opening exchanges Stornoway showed that this was going to be a competitive contest as they had some large forwards and pacey backs.
The deadlock was eventually broken when after a demonstration of the swift handling Adrian Askew has been coaching at the Riding Centre on Monday nights Ryan Mooney broke down the left to score near the corner. The tight angle did not deter Connor Hancock who slotted the conversion with a well struck kick giving a seven point lead.
Orkney continued to have the upper hand and the next score again came down the left with Ryan Mooney once again crossing the line but this time making Connors conversion easier by touching down near the posts. Orkney continue to dominate in most aspects of the game and from a scrum on the Stornoway 22 the control of the forwards allowed Connor Hancock to score a try that he dually converted.
Stornoway refused to give up and after a period of pressure on the Orkney line scored a try that they converted. The final score of the half was a try by BenJohnston who had been introduced as a sub; once again Connors conversion was good giving a half time score of 28-7 to Orkney.
The second half was a lot more even with both defences being on top the only score being a try by Scott Swanney once again being converted by Connor Hancock giving him five out of five attempts something that would have been invaluable to the first team on the day. The final score being 35-7 to Orkney. This being the final league game of the season and the Cup Competitions starting in the New Year the under 16 team have played seven games with the only blemishes being a narrow defeat and a draw against Ross Sutherland so can look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence.
The travelling coach Thorfinn Rendall awarded the Man of the Match to Scott Stevenson.
Squad: Ronan Gray, Glen Brough, Scott Stevenson, Josh Rendall, Fraser Merriman, Keith Dearness, Glen Scott Jak Craigie, James Clouston, Connor Hancock, Scott Swanney, Charlie Pasotti, Ryan Mooney, William Omand, Rhys Davies, Ben Johnston, Murray Simpson and Euan Casely.
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