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JUNIOR RUGBY: Wells U16s beat Gordano to reach cup final and Cheddar enjoy Super Sunday

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

  • Jack makes a break for Wells under-16s during their semi-final victory over Gordano, which was watched by a good crowd at the club

  • Former Newport Gwent Dragons player and Wales under-20s coach Mike Armiger put children from Cheddar First School through their paces last week at a training session run by Crusader Coaching, aimed at introducing rugby to youngsters and encouraging them to adopt the values of teamwork and cooperation

  • Cheddar Valley RFC youngsters enjoy their Super Sunday day out at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol

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Wells U16 23 Gordano U16 14

Wells under-16s reached the final of the Bristol Combination Cup after a tough contest against Gordano.

The early passages of play showed how much Gordano had improved following a one- sided contest between the teams in last season's Plate competition.

The Gordano defence stood firm against Wells' early advances and showed signs that they were willing to take the game to their opponents by moving the ball quickly through the hands.

Matt Trickey evaded tackles to score the opening try after seven minutes and Harry added the conversion to give Wells a 7-0 lead.

Both packs then held firm, although Wells did disrupt the Gordano lineout, while committed tackling prevented further scores until the 20th minute.

An overlap on the wing allowed Gordano to score their first try but Wells responded with a Harry drop goal to regain the lead before half-time.

Harry added a penalty after the break before Trickey went on an unstoppable run for his second try, with the conversion attempt coming back off an upright.

Despite the 11-point gap, the mood was still tense until Wells took control with a try from Dan five minutes from the final whistle.

The visitors came at Wells late on and scored a converted try but it was too late to change the result.

Wells will play St Mary's in the final in two weeks' time.

Cheddar Valley Juniors

Cheddar Valley RFC's junior section did not play a game at the weekend but instead enjoyed their annual 'Super Sunday' event.

The event involved coaches and players from Bristol RFC's 1st XV and academy teams visiting Sharpham Road for training before the Cheddar players went to the Memorial Stadium to see Bristol take on Leeds Carnegie.

More than 100 youngsters from the under-7s, 8s and 9s formed a guard of honour as the teams came out for the second half.

As well as training sessions for the juniors in the morning, the Cheddar coaches were given pointers by one of their counterparts at Bristol.

A Cheddar spokesperson said: "The event is now a regular fixture for the club and the boys were delighted to get up close and personal to some real-life professionals and role models, and to be able to watch the game and even critique where the grown-ups were going wrong as Leeds ended up running out the winners in an exciting game.

"The day was capped off nicely as the whole Bristol team took time out after the match to sign autographs and meet the juniors before they headed home."

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