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SAINTS U19 48 BEDFORD ACADEMY 7 Youngsters shrug off setback to record derby success

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The Saints Under-19s were in ruthless mood, putting eight tries past the Blues. And aside from the conceding of a try just before half-time it was one-way traffic on the score board.

That said, it was a relatively slow start, and it took 15 minutes for the first try to be registered. Howard Packman slipped through the Bedford defence to go over, but the winger also showed his creative side with a run that sparked a team move finished off by Harrison Marshall.

This score opened the floodgates, with Marshall grabbing another and Harry Mallinder also scoring all within the next five minutes of play.

Bedford struck back, but after the break Saints went back onto the front foot. George Wacokecoke was next to score, followed three minutes later by George Stokes. Scrum-half Cameron Lee-Everton and Harry Betts grabbed tries seven and eight respectively for a resounding win which satisfied lock Jordan Onojaife.

"It was a great performance," said the England Under-18 man. "It came from us thinking about the game last week which was a bit disappointing, so we focused on our line speed and our breakdown so we could have a really good go at them and it was good to score some tries.

"It was massively important to win today following last weeks defeat. We let ourselves down against Leicester so it was important we put in a good performance.


"We enjoy playing rugby and that's why we're all here at the end of the day, I think we were all happy to get a few tries under our belt.


"It was great, we had two lads who it was their first game today, they played really well and stepped up."