U12s 2012/13

July 15, 2015

The U12s are a thriving bunch led by Head Coach Andy Sinfield and Manager, Gary Muchmore.

Results and Match Reports

SUNDAY 14 APRIL

MIDDX Shield Competition – WINNERS

Bs at Middlesex

The Bs completed a very successful MIDDX campaign with two comprehensive victories at the re-scheduled finals this Sunday. Super forward play and clinical finishing saw Park beat both Wasps and Twickenham 19-0 & 35-0 respectively. Well done boys!

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SURREY A – Semi-Finalists

Sunday 3rd March

Sutton & Epsom C Festival – Winners

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Cs win Sutton & Epsom

The Cs turned out in force raring to go after so many cancelled fixtures recently and put in a tremendous performance to win the S&E festival with 14 tries scored and only 1 conceded.

Results

V Battersea Ironsides 24 – 5
V Chobham 35 – 0
V Cobham 21 – 0

Final

V Battersea Ironsides 12 – 0

Sunday 10th Feb – MIDDX Round 3 WLDL

Again, the weather and injuries caused havoc to our schedule. We have so many boys injured at the moment that we had to forfeit the A fixtures for MIDDX round 3, and the Cs had yet another fixture cancelled due to waterlogged pitches.

The Bs fared a little better and actually managed to get a team out, and better still had a host prepared to let the fixture go ahead.

RP B v Twickenham – 19 – 14

RP took to the pitch with one substitute and many boys playing out of position, to take on Twickenham one of the tournament favourites. Judging by the rugby, rightly so. In a keenly contested match, we found ourselves 2 tries to one down at the end of the first half. It was taking a while for the boys to organise themselves and become accustomed to their new roles. Jimmy asked for a huge effort in the second half, and the boys were motivated by a score almost straight from the kick off. After getting a further score, Twickenham really stepped up the pressure. To the credit of the boys, almost no tackles were missed, and the competition for the ball was really fierce. It was definitely one of the best 15 minutes of rugby we have put together this season and it needed to be as Twickenham played good running rugby and put us under considerable pressure.

RP V Pinner – 42-0 (truncated score)

Given the weather we were very grateful that Pinner offered us warm changing facilities and very welcome hot drinks and warm sausage roles. The rugby albeit a little one-sided was contested to the end and the Pinner team showed great spirit declining the opportunity to shorten the match at 6 un-answered tries.

Qualifiers now concluded, the finals will be held in March.

Otley Tour – 2nd-3rd February

Otley

The U12s headed north to Yorkshire, visiting Otley RFC, who we had encountered once before at a festival in Sandal. We were met by a fantastically hospitable club. Representatives of the club, parents, who came to watch the England v Scotland match with us and the boys, who we were to play the next morning, gave us a genuine welcome and left us in no doubt that they were as excited as us at the prospect of new friendships, a beer or two and some great rugby.

The lads had a ball.

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Lyons Laugh

The warmth of the hospitality, before and after the matches show why our sport teaches kids so much more than just how to tackle and pass a ball.

But to the rugby….

Otley A vs RP A 1 – 2

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As

A titanic battle between two incredibly determined teams. The recent weather conditions left the pitches in a heavy condition, so it was bound to be an attritional match. But the ferocious commitment of both teams left all spectators amazed that 11 & 12 year olds could play with such intensity, determination and focus.

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In the end, Park ran out narrow victors, but only after some last ditch defending and try saving tackles as Otley camped on our line during the dying moments of the match.

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Otley B vs RP B 1 – 1

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The Bs

Again, another very even match. No quarter asked or given. RP took the lead in the 1st half with wind advantage, and seemed by the end of the half to be getting on top. Real parity up front, but in the backs we were starting to find gaps.

After a few substitutions though, Otley started the second half very quickly and Park found themselves on the back foot. A try was probably inevitable as the strong runners of Otley continued to test the contact zone. The tackling was brave, but our line was finally breached by a good move from Otley.

Honours even was probably a fair result.

Old Brods V RP B 2 – 0

Against Old Brods, it quickly became clear that if we could win our share of possession, we had sufficient speed in the backs to put points on the board.

The forwards won the right to play, against a sizeable pack and once the ball started to re-cycle quickly the backs really started to enjoy themselves with some great individual breaks and crisp handling movements. The score could have been higher, but for a couple of comedy moments grounding the ball.

Both B matches were characterised by forward determination, well organised defence, very few missed tackles and the ability to finish when given the chance.

A great trip. Good rugby, generous hosts, well behaved boys, and plenty of amusing moments.

Sunday 9th December – MIDDX Round 2

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Thankfully the weekend saw a bit of a thaw and the rugby was played on a glorious sunny morning without a hint of frost. Unfortunately the WLDL fixture at Ealing was cancelled otherwise all three squads would have been playing. The As saw action at Ealing and the Bs had a 1st outing to Kilburn Cosmos in Dollis Hill.
As Cup Competition
V Harringey – Bye
V Ealing – 21-0

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Bs Shield Competition
V Kilburn Cosmos – 49-0 (only 42 count under 6 try rule)
V Grasshoppers – 42-5

In our second match, Grasshoppers were 1 player short of a full team so in order to give our squad as much rugby as possible we loaned them 2 players.

The Grasshopper try was a classic and involved long powerful kick return by Marcus Sytcha – our #8, who gave a hearty laugh and Chris Ashton like salute as he left his team mates in his wake, flat in the mud!

Note to self…..

Sunday 18/11 – Middx County Tournament Round 1

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Sunday was a fantastic day for rugby – sun shining and not a breath of wind and both our squads took full advantage of the conditions. The As continued their impressive form this season and finished the day with another clean sheet. The Bs returned to winning ways and put down a marker in the Shield tournament.

Cup Tournament

RP U12 As

V Saracens 33-0
V London Welsh 42-0

Shield Tournament

RP U12 Bs

V Harrow 21-0
V Upper Clapton 33-7

Round 2 Of the Tournament to be held on the 9th December

Cup
RP A, Ealing, Harringey (Ealing Hosts)

Shield
RP, Regents Park, Grasshoppers (Regents Park Hosts)

Sunday 28th October – Rosslyn Park A Festival – Winners

This weekend Rosslyn Park hosted their first A festival. Fittingly, the U12 As were able to secure victory in Park style. An all round great standard of rugby was played. Great movement and passing with some excellent off loading was the order of the day. And once again no tries against which speaks volumes for the boy’s commitment and all round defence.

Very proud day for all associated with the U12 As in winning our own festival.

Again several Bs enjoyed playing at A level and acquitted themselves very well.

Results

V Old Reigatian 30-0
V Reeds 20-0
V Richmond 15-0

The festival was played on a league basis without knock out stages.

Sunday 21st October – RP U12 Bs – Wimbledon B Festival – Winners

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Results

V Kings 15-0
V Esher 20-0
V Chobham 10-0

Final

V Effingham & Leatherhead 10-0

The Bs put in a strong performance – not only did they keep a clean sheet, they completely denied every team a try scoring opportunity. The tone was set from the first engagement where a strong Kings runner was met with a textbook tackle which seemed to lift the energy of the whole squad. Good offensive tackling and ‘up fast’ pressure defence kept teams pinned back while the forwards won lots of good possession. The set piece went well, so elements of our game are coming together.

However, by the final, we were left with only 6 fit forwards – and a couple of those were playing with knocks. We wish all the boys with injuries a speedy recovery.

Again, C players stepped into the squad and acquitted themselves very well in what was a strong B festival.

Sunday October 14th – RP U12As – Ealing A Festival – Joint Winners with Ealing RFC

Results

V Hammershith & Fulham 15-0
V Wasps 15-0
V LIRFC 5-0

Final

V Ealing 0-0

The As continue a successful start of the season despite being short of a significant number of 1st choice players. The B players who have stepped up and represented the As have performed well enabling us to maintain a great start to the 2012 season. A little rest and recovery is clearly needed, if we are to field full strength squads.

RP U12Bs – Blackheath B Festival

Results

RP V Southend 3-0
RP V Bishop Stortford 0-0
RP V Old Elthamians 1-2
RP V Dartfordians 6-0 (stopped)

Ultimately a disappointing morning for the boys who failed to progress to the knock-out stages of the festival. The matches against Bishop Stortford and OEs were very close and the boys competed well, but just failed to score the one additional try in either match that would have seen us progress through to the knock out stages.

Well done to the C players who turned out for the Bs today to supplement the B squad seriously depleted by players not available for selection and call ups to the A squad.

Beaconsfield 7 – RPFC As 33

The season opens with a stormer.

The indian summer came to an abrupt end when the As travelled to Beaconsfield for what was expected to be a tough encounter. We had the honour of playing on Beaconsfield’s first XV pitch right in front of their club house and had to weather an early storm – literally and metaphorically.

For the opening 10 mins all the pressure came from the home team. But in typical RP fashion we defended our try line with determination. Eventually, our forwards started to get parity upfront and began winning some quick clean ball and some good handling saw Charlie Cadogan put in space for a 50 yard dash to the line. William Sinfield converted. 7-0 – against the run of play. As expected BRFC came back strongly and immediately put us back under pressure. However but after a long clearance by Will Sinfield, Sebastian Fallowfield showed the value of a good kick chase by scoring in the corner. In the second period, our hosts scored a very well worked try. After a number of rucking phases, they moved the ball wide exposed our defence.

RPFC dug deep and the forwards were really started to impoase themselves on the match. Park scored again with sustained pressure on the BRFC line with Tom Brierley charging over from short range and William Sinfield converted, 7-21.

Our advantage was now begining to tell, and in the last third of the match we were in the ascendency. A charge down by Harry Lyons and an excellent chase by the backs resulted in our fourth try of the match. 7-26.

Then with almost the final move a the match after a penalty had been awarded to Park, the ball was moved swiftly through the forwards and backs, quick ball to the right and quick hands resulted in a try for Bertie Pugh-Morgan in the corner.

Converted by William Sinfield. A great way to end a very tough match played in truly awful wet and windy weather. Beaconsfield were magnificent hosts and the game was played in the best possible spirit. Huge thanks to BRFC for their fantastic hospitality and for putting on such a tough first fixture of the season.

Sunday 7th October – RP U12As – Windsor A Festival – Winners

We had three squads out at different tournaments on a perfect day for rugby.

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Winners at Windsor A

Results

V Redingensians 25 – 0
V Richmond 5 – 0
V Bracknell 15 – 0
V Saracens 15 – 0

Final V Amersham & Chiltern 15 – 0

A tremendous day with some close matches especially vs Richmond. However we played most of our rugby in opposition territory and finished the day with a very pleasing lock-out.

RP U12Bs – REEDS A Festival

Results

V London Welsh A – 28 – 0
V Chobham A – 0 – 33
V REEDS A 0 – 14
V LIRFC B 0 – 14

After a strong start against London Welsh the Bs came up against a stong well organised Chobham side. The score slightly flattered Chobham, but the match indicated areas to work on in the coming weeks. The matches against REEDS and LIRFC were very close affairs and whilst both matches were very winnable, we just didn’t do enough to force a score. LIRFC sportingly conceded that the score did not reflect the match.

RP U12Cs – West London Development League

Results

V Battersea Ironsides 15 – 5
V Ealing 15 – 10

A great showing by the Cs who opened their defence of the WLDL title with two very impressive results. Especially pleasing was the way the boys came back from 2 tries down against Ealing to score 3 un-answered tries in the second half. Fantastic achievement which bodes well for the season ahead.

Sunday 30th September Friendly fixture V Westcliff RFC

As V Westcliff As – RP win
Bs V Westcliff Bs – RP win
Cs V Westcliff Bs – Draw

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This Sunday we had the pleasure of welcoming Westcliff RFC U12 As & Bs to Richmond Park for a friendly. It was a great opportunity for our squads to ‘sharpen up’ with a competitive friendly before our first festivals on the 7th Oct.

The Westcliff boys were very determined and competed well at the break down. Despite this, crsip handling, straight running and good support play saw a number of well worked tries from from Park. Ultimately the As and Bs ran out comfortable winners and the Cs competed fantastically to score a deserved equiliser in the dying moments of their match.

We would like to extend our thanks to Westclff RFC, the coaches, the boys and parents who travelled a significant distance on Sunday morning to create a really enjoyable fixture. Hopefully the first of many.

Sunday 23rd September – Beaconsfield 7 – As 33

The season opens with a stormer.

The indian summer came to an abrupt end when the As travelled to Beaconsfield for what was expected to be a tough encounter.

We had the honour of playing on Beaconsfield’s first XV pitch, right in front of their club house and consequently had to weather an early storm – literally and metaphorically.

For the opening 10 mins all the pressure came from the home team. But in typical RP fashion we defended our try line with determination. Eventually, however, our forwards started to establish parity upfront and after winning some quick, clean ball, slick handling saw Charlie Cadogan put in space for a 50 yard dash to the line. William Sinfield converted. 7-0 against the run of play.

As expected BRFC came back strongly and immediately we were back under pressure. But a long, pressure relieving clearance by Will Sinfield, saw Sebastian Fallowfield show the value of chasing kicks by scoring in the corner.

In the second period, our hosts scored a very well worked try. After a number of rucking phases, they moved the ball wide and exposed our defence.

RPFC dug deep and the forwards really started to impose themselves on the match. After sustained pressure on the BRFC line, Tom Brierley charged over from short range and William Sinfield again converted, 7-21.

Our advantage was now begining to tell, and in the last third of the match we were in the ascendency. A charge down by Harry Lyons and an excellent chase by the backs resulted in our fourth try of the match. 7-26.

Then, with almost the final move of the match, we scored again. A penalty was awarded to Park and the ball moved swiftly through the forwards and backs. Quick ball to the right and quick hands resulted in a try for Bertie Pughe-Morgan in the corner. Converted by William Sinfield. A great way to end a very tough match played in truly awful wet and windy weather.

Beaconsfield were magnificent hosts and the game was played in the best possible spirit. Huge thanks to BRFC for their fantastic hospitality and for putting on such a tough first fixture of the season.

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