Saffron Walden boys have to dig deep, first team are put to sword, pupils enjoy tour

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 November 2017

Saffron Walden attack against Brentwood (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden attack against Brentwood (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden under-15s were made to work hard for their 17-12 cup win over Cambridge.

Saffron Walden under-15s attack against CambridgeSaffron Walden under-15s attack against Cambridge

The holders were understrength, but in determined mood to defend their title, and took the lead after five minutes when Fraser Murray went over.

Cambridge hit back soon after, punishing the hosts for some sloppy defensive work, but Murray went over for a deserved second try before half time.

Walden began the second half well, applying plenty of pressure, but they were unable to convert their territory into more points and then saw Cambridge run the length of the field to score again and level it up at 12-12.

The home side reacted well to this setback, defending with great composure, building phases and adding variety to their attack.

Saffron Walden County High U14s face the camera on tourSaffron Walden County High U14s face the camera on tour

But after seeing two attempts to score held up and suffering a couple of other near misses, Walden regained the lead with just five minutes to play as Morgan Evans touched down.

And they dug deep in the tense closing stages to hold on to their lead, with a club spokesperson saying: “We must thank the Walden first team lads who are helping to coach. It’s vital input and shows great unity in the club.”

*Saffron Walden’s senior side were put to the sword by London One North rivals Brentwood at the weekend. The high-flying visitors ran in no fewer than 15 tries as they romped to an 89-0 win, leaving Walden to lick their wounds during a free weekend, before they return to action with a trip to fellow strugglers Old Haberdashers on November 25.

n Saffron Walden County High School’s under-13 and under-14s enjoyed a successful tour to Bristol, sponsored by Cheffins and organised by Absolute Travel.

The younger group battled to a 35-35 draw with Beechen Cliff Academy, with tries from Johnny Wiseman and Jayden Keogh Gibbs, then beat Beaconsfield 35-25 as Sam Gregory, John Rowson and George Glasson all impressed.

The elder team went down 41-12 against their Beechen Cliff rivals, who included a number of Bath Academy players, and lost 42-12 to Beaconsfield, who scored a couple of late tries to boost their tally.

Joe Gaffan was named player of the match in both fixtures, with Joe Gregory, Finn Budden and Alfie Smyth also impressing.

Diego Labandiera Amaro took the outstanding tourist award.

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