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U19s back on winning ways

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The Saints Academy had suffered their first reverse over the Christmas period, losing 12-0 at Leicester's Oval Park. But at Bishop Stortford - right in the middle of Saracens' territory - they set out a marker for the rest of the season by winning an entertaining match which featured 10 tries split between the two teams.

Eleven of the Saints' 15 starters were from the Under-18 age group or below, but the lead they took in just the first minute through fly half Will Hooley's try would not be threatened throughout the evening.

Hooley, whose half-back partnership with Alex Day was praised by Academy manager Alan Dickens post-match, converted his own try and added the extras to three more of the Saints' scores.

Day also scored a try, a 60-metre run up the blindside, but the other two tries came from the forwards' set-piece dominance, Reese Marshall and Danny Herriott both the beneficiaries of powerful driving.

As they had in the first half the Saints scored quickly after the restart, Tom Collins finishing some good counter-attacking. Collins scored again five minutes later, and while Saracens scored two late tries all that did was to narrow the margin in what was a comfortable final result.

"It was an excellent run-out for us," Dickens commented. "Matches like this are a good chance to see the lads in action and how they have developed over the season so far.

"Will Hooley and Alex Day controlled the game well from half-back, and the forwards put in a good performance and dominated Saracens at the set-piece.

"We'll have another chance to see how our youngsters are getting on with our game against England Under-18 on Sunday, which will be a big match for us."

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