U19 teams put on a real show at Goldington Road

London Scottish were impressive winners on the day. Picture (c) bgrphotography
London Scottish were impressive winners on the day. Picture (c) bgrphotography

London Scottish were deserved winners of the Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side tournament, beating a strong Loughborough University side 21-7 in an entertaining final at Goldington Road.

The competition was designed to showcase the player development work being carried out by a number of Championship clubs as well as giving the players a competitive focus to end the season.

Moseley's Alistair Wealthall received the Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side SDC Player of the Tournament trophy from Blues president Gareth Davies

Moseley's Alistair Wealthall received the Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side SDC Player of the Tournament trophy from Blues president Gareth Davies

After a morning of hard fought pool maches, the third place playoff Bowl final saw Bedford Blues play some good rugby against London Welsh.

A break by Callum Tormey and an offload to Sam Easton gave the Blues their first try, converted by Max McMinn.

Welsh levelled the score straight after with a try from Rory Saunders, but Bedford hit back with a strong break from Tim Herbert who offloaded to Olly Howard to score.

Herbert scored himself a few minutes later to make the score 17-7 at half-time, however second half tries by Jack Spurr and Tormey, both converted by McMinn, were followed by a late score from London Welsh for a final score of 31-14 to the Blues.

In the Plate final, Ealing got off to a good start against Moseley, with quick tries from Charlie Fatoma and Conor McPartlin.

Reon Joseph scored a third, with the conversion by Fatoma giving Ealing a 17-point lead.

Moseley hit back with a try from Morgan Dawes, converted by Alistair Wealthall to make it 17-7 at half-time.

Alex March scored for Ealing straight after half-time to make it 22-7, and the Ealing defence held firm to secure the win.

The overall final saw the two undefeated sides from the pool games meet each other – London Scottish and Loughborough University.

Scottish took an early lead with a try from Michael Ogunwole, converted by Aaron Phillip, and they went further ahead midway through the half with a converted try from Alex Kane.

Loughborough played some good rugby and pressurised Scottish, but their defence held, before Ogunwole scored again to give Scottish a 21-0 half-time lead.

Mark Dixon scored a good try, converted by Max Douch, to narrow the gap to 21-7 after five minutes, but there were no further tries as Scottish ran out deserved winners of the tournament.

Bedford Blues academy director Denis Ormesher said: “We were delighted with the quality of play and the spirit the games were played in.

“The final between London Scottish and Loughborough University was a great game of rugby, with Scottish deserved winners, but not having it all their own way.

“The quality of rugby all day was strong, and I am sure that some of the players on show today will be featuring in the Championship in the next couple of years.

“Thanks go to all the staff at Goldington Road for staging the tournament, to the referees for officiating and keeping the games fast flowing.

“It was great to see ex-Blues, and now Harlequins, scrum-half Karl Dickson, who accepted our invite to be one of the referees.

“Most of all a big thanks to the coaches, physios, team managers and players who performed so well over a tough day.”

Bedford: Leon Patel-Champion, George Harris, Charlie Harvey, Tim Herbert, Reuben Pritchard, Rahat Choudhury, Sam Easton, Jack Spurr, Ethan Hughes, Olli Howard (c), Callum Tormey, Ben Philips, Alex Crocker, Ollie Brown, Malcolm Milligan, Max McMinn, Ross Taylor.