Walden U17/U18 Colts kick off Eastern Counties Plate Competition involvement in style

PUBLISHED: 12:27 17 December 2013

Matt Holden evades a tackle.

Matt Holden evades a tackle.

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Saffron Walden Rugby Club’s new combined U17/U18 Colts side kicked off their involvement in the Eastern Counties Plate Competition with a resounding 66-point victory away at Mistley, on Sunday.

Wing Gareth Lolley shows a clean pair of heels to the Mistley defence.Wing Gareth Lolley shows a clean pair of heels to the Mistley defence.

The club has entered the colts side into the competition, for U18 players, as a sign of its commitment to developing talent at the senior end of the youth game.

In the first round against Manningtree-based Mistley, the U17 and U18 sets of players worked well together.

Centre and Captain Andrew Smith was ever present, scoring five of the 10 Walden tries. Full-back Josh Flack also revelled in the space available out wide to cross the Mistley line four times.

Wing George James was the other Walden scorer in an impressive demolition of a physically large Mistley side.

Centre Ben Morris also succeeded with eight of the 10 conversions.

Reflecting his sustained run of form for the U17’s this season, the pack was led by flanker Matt Holden who relished leading from the front in both attack and defence. The Walden pack dominated the scrummage, allowing hooker Mikey Sharp to win the vast majority of set pieces irrespective of which side put the ball in.

In the backs, wing Gareth Lolley offered options to his centres so they could take advantage of the open spaces and Dan Rust was able to demonstrate his increasing confidence in the scrum-half berth.

Walden look forward to entertaining a side from Southwold in the first weekend of the New Year in the next game in the competition.

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