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ACADEMY REPORT Under-17s blitz Warriors

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Having been the first away side to win at Sarcens' Allianz Park in February, the Under-17s picked up where they left off at Barnet. Flanker Jacob Connor registered twice in the first half and along with scores for Henry Peck, Cameron Clarke and Alex Cardinalli a sizeable 31-5 lead had been established.

Worcester scrapped hard though and to their credit, the second half was an altogether more even affair as they matched a further three tries from the hosts - Cardinalli going over for his brace after George Furbank and Ethan Waddleton had extended the Saints' advantage.

The youngsters in black, green and gold bossed possession in the opening exchanges but they would have to wait until the 15th minute for a score their dominance deserved.

Continuous forward pressure and some good mauling proved too much for Worcester's defence and England Under-16 prop Peck had the simplest of scores to his name, Harry Sheppard converting.

Just two minutes passed before the Saints were in again, this time through Conner. Similarly to the first it was their power in the tight that did the damage and when a gap opened up Conner slipped through for his first of the afternoon.

Worcester would rally and produce a try of their own but it was fast becoming one-way traffic and while a couple of good chances would go begging for the Saints the final 10 minutes of the first half would see three more home scores.

Conner doubled up on 27 before Clarke raced through just moments later, Cardinalli showing similarly impressive pace to shrug off Warriors defenders on the stroke of half-time and the purple patch would go on for the Saints after the break.

Some 60 seconds after the restart centre Furbank was in for the hosts' sixth and a second Worcester try was sandwiched by Waddleton's effort and the pick of the bunch from Cardinalli. Brilliant passing and quick offloading set up the wide man's second and the Saints, it seemed, were cruising.

Despite their scores though the second period was proving a far more disjointed affair and Alan Dickens' side would be stung for taking their foot of the gas late on.

Twice Worcester found space out wide and twice sloppy defence cost the Saints five points. Fortunately, they were already well clear of their battling opponents and a disappointing finish failed to take the gloss off what was an impressive opening hour of rugby.


16mins SAINTS Try Peck Con Sheppard 7-0

18mins SAINTS Try Conner 12-0

21mins WORCESTER Try 12-5

27mins SAINTS Try Conner Con Sheppard 19-5

30mins SAINTS Try Clarke 24-5

35mins SAINTS Try Cardinalli Con Sheppard 31-5


36mins SAINTS Try Furbank Con Sheppard 38-5

39mins SAINTS Try Waddleton 43-5

42mins WORCESTER Try 43-10

47mins SAINTS Try Cardinalli 48-10

64mins WORCESTER Try 48-15

70mins WORCESTER Try 48-20


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