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Woodbridge 33 Thetford 24 – Great spirit in late rally

PUBLISHED: 18:06 24 March 2015 | UPDATED: 18:06 24 March 2015

Thetford RFC U16s (red) with opponents Crusaders U16s at Two Mile Bottom.

Thetford RFC U16s (red) with opponents Crusaders U16s at Two Mile Bottom.

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Woodbridge were the opponents for Thetford’s final away game of the season in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties One.

Thetford U16 62 Crusaders U16 5

Thetford Under-16s were the Friday night game at Two Mile Bottom.

Under new captain Connor Sillet, they received the ball straight from a kick-off and it wasn’t long until the first try was scored. The forwards set up clean ball for scrum-half Joe Clarke, he passed to Josh Sharp who then kicked over to flying winger Kieran D’aeth for his first try in the red and white of Thetford.

The next restart was followed by the same result; the forwards worked their way up the pitch and half-backs Clarke and Sharp moved the ball for D’aeth to score again.

Daniel Adams was next on the scoresheet after Jack Codling, Jacob Dean and Liam Lamb, along with the rest of the pack, won great ball from the scrum so No8 Adams could dot down before flying winger D’aeth could complete his hat-trick.

After this scoring spree the game started to open up. Full-back Jamie Holder was dealing with their kicks over the top, super centre Klae Tucker was passing, tackling and running like his life depended on it while Jacob Jenkins and Ryan Byrne were causing mayhem at each breakdown, but again Thetford kept up the high scoring and went in 31-0 up at half-time.

During the break two changes were made, Sharp and D’aeth coming off and Harry Manners and Hus Tacel coming on, which was a new experience for them playing in two new positions.

Half-time didn’t stop Thetford scoring, after they conceded a well-earned Crusaders try. They scored through Elliot Gibson (4) Lamb and Clarke while Gibson, who with Sharp kicked crucial conversions to give Thetford a 62-5 victory. Clarke was named man of the match.

Thetford U16: 1 Jack Codling, 2 Jacob Dean, 3 Liam Lamb, 4 Connor Sillet, 5 Todd Hutchinson, 6 Jacob Jenkins, 7 Ryan Byrne, 8 Daniel Adams, 9 Joe Clarke, 10 Josh Sharp, 11 Joao Neves, 12 Klae Tucker, 13 Elliott Gibson, 14 Kieran D’aeth, 15 Jamie Holder. Replacements: 16 Hus Tacel, 17 Harry Manners.

• Thetford Rugby Club is one of 20 clubs to win a new kit and laundry pack – and is in the running to win a training session with a leading rugby player, such as former England stars Austin Healey or Will Greenwood.

The club has received a bespoke Canterbury training kit and an ÖKOMix AEG washing machine, as part of AEG and Canterbury Clothing’s support of grassroots rugby in the UK.

Votes must be registered by April 12 for Thetford to win one of the three Superskills training sessions, at www.facebook.com/aeg

The hosts kicked off the game and the scoring, before doubling their lead later in the half, but Thetford were in the game, despite the half-time score being 14-0 to the Suffolk side.

Josh Clark was making breaks and the forwards were creating clean ball for scrum-half Richard Sharp, but each attack was just missing the final pass which became crucial towards the end of the game. After the break things didn’t really get better for the red and white of Thetford because they conceded another 19 points, but it was to be a repeat of the 38-22 loss at Ely at the start of the season, as they grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and took it to Woodbridge.

The leadership of Aaron Stoke and Roger Cash, the grunt coming from Enviro Waste Man of the Match Zak Pizzey and Ian Wallis and the skill from Will Martin and Luke Boynes stole the show but the whole team played their part for the 24 points scored in around 10 minutes.

Clark scored the first, Corey Lewis then scored his first try for the senior side and Martin scored twice as Thetford just missed out on the losing bonus point.

Fifth-placed Thetford now have just two matches remaining, both at home, against Ipswich YM this Saturday and then Wisbech on April 11.

Thetford: 1 Roger Cash, 2 Lewis Mason, 3 Aaron Stokoe, 4 Ben Brown, 5 Jordan Langham, 6 Ben Grist, 7 Sean Groombridge, 8 Zak Pizzey, 9. Richard Sharp, 10 Luke Boynes, 12 Josh Clark, 13 Michael Stickland, 14 Corey Lewis, 15 Ryan Gardiner. Replacements: 16 Ian Wallis, 17 Phil Johns, 18 Will Martin.


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