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Dickens happy with Academy training week

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

The Saints youngsters played two games in their four days away, beating Bath 15-10 but losing to Cardiff 8-15.

Against Bath tries from Charlie Esam, Steve Arroyo-Hover and George Wacokecoke earned the win against the west country outfit.

Meanwhile in the latest outing flanker Sam Harry scored a try from a five-metre lineout drive with fly half Harry Mallinder adding a penalty.

However while Cardiff scored with the last play of the game to give them the seven-point winning margin Dickens says that he was happy with how the youngsters applied themselves throughout the week.

"It was a very pleasing week," he said. "The lads worked very hard in training and in the games, and considering it's the first week in August the progress they made during the trip was good.

"We had a mix of age groups and for many of them it was their first time away on a club trip. So it was a good experience for them to spend some time together in a group away from their normal environment. We tried to develop their life skills in the week, too, with the lads cooking and cleaning for themselves. Everyone mucked in and contributed, which was good to see.

"All in all I'm happy with how the lads have started their season and we'll be looking to build on this during what will be an important few months in their development as players and individuals."

The Saints Under-19s are in action next weekend in the first of the club's double-header against Leinster. The game is included in the 2012/13 Season Ticket package, but if you are not a Season Ticket Holder you can still book tickets by following the straightforward instructions.

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