Saints U19s make it two from two

Saints U19s made it two wins from two after a comfortable win over London Broncos at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

The game was over as a contest in the first quarter with Saints 28 points to the good. The game opened in scintillating fashion with Saints opening their account after only 58 seconds.

A good carry from Nico Rizzelli put the Saints on the front foot and his quick play the ball set the attack flowing. Jack Welsby ran down the right, put Josh Simm into space and as he dragged his would be tackler with him for 20 metres he saw Jamie Pye storming up on the inside. Simm passed it inside and the big prop went the final 30 metres to score under the posts.

A great kick defence saw the Broncos caught in goal and five tackles later Paul Nash was dummying his way over for the Saints second try.

Yet another knock on from the visitors in their own 20 metre area gave the Saints an attacking scrum on the left. As the ball emerged it was whipped to the right for Tom Nisbett to go over.

Lewis Dodd was having a better time of it with the boot converting his third of the night from the touchline.

On 15 minutes Josh Simm punished the Broncos again going 80 metres after an error in their first attack of the game.

Saints fifth try in the first quarter came when repeated offloads from Dodd, Matty Foster and Rizzelli saw John Hutchings dive into the corner.

After a breathless opening the Broncos started to find their feet with the Saints finding it more difficult to make ground.

The final action of the half saw a repeat of his earlier effort as John Hutchings again dived over for his brace.

Saints had been running at 80% completion in the first half to the Broncos 50 but this completely turned around after the break as the Saints found it difficult to hold onto the ball.

They did manage to score in the 47th minute as Simm stepped past the full back after a good run from Warren Smith.

Lewis Dodd’s trademark side step saw him score a well-deserved try as he stood up the defence, before the Broncos got their consolation try on the hour darting over at the play the ball, the try being awarded despite the protestations of the Saints players that it was in fact short.

The game had got very scrappy but in the last 10 minutes, Saints put the icing on the cake, scoring  three more tries. Drives from Pye and Lewis Baxter with an offload to Jack Welsby saw Saints on the attack. From the play the ball Nash gave Ryan Horne enough room to step inside the cover to the posts.

Nico Rizzelli got the tenth as Matty Foster put him over after Welsby had traversed the line right and then left looking for an opening. Foster then got a try himself on the whistle taking Pye’s Jamie Lyon-style out-the-back flick pass to go in.

It was a routine win in the end with Huddersfield away on Sunday 17th March, up next.

Match Summary:

Saints U19’s:

Tries: Jamie Pye (1), Paul Nash (5), Tom Nisbett (10), Josh Simm (15 & 47), John Hutchings (22 & 36), Lewis Dodd (60), Ryan Horne (69), Nico Rizzelli (75), Matty Foster (78).

Goals: Lewis Dodd 5 from 8, Josh Simm 1 from 1, Jack Welsby 0 from 2.

London Broncos U19’s:

Tries: Christopher Ball (62).

Goals: Oliver Leyland 1 from 1.

Half Time: 32-0
Full Time: 56-6


1. Jack Welsby; 5. Tom Nisbett, 3. Josh Simm, 4. Nico Rizzelli, 2. John Hutchings; 6. Ryan Horne, 7. Lewis Dodd; 8. Jamie Pye, 9. Paul Nash, 10. Kye Siyani, 11. Matty Foster, 12. Sam Royle. 13. Jake Wingfield.
Subs: 14. Keenan McDaid, 15.Harry Brooks, 16. Lewis Baxter, 17. Warren Smith.

1. Charlie Gamble; 2. Alfie Edwards, 3. Max Clarke, 4. Jonah Varela, 5. Teddy Davidson; 6. Oliver Leyland, 7. Rian Horsman; 8. Christian Gale, 9. Robert Oakley, 10. Will Budd, 11. Christopher Ball, 12. Josh Hodson, 13. Rory Gray
Subs: 14. Jamie Humphries, 15. Isaiah Lowe Stuart, 16. Ramon Silva, 23. Delaine Bedward.

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