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Match Report: Vale of Lune Colts 66 Old Halesonians Colts 26

A truly star-studded day down at Powder House Lane on Saturday 20th April, as a mixed Vale team of u16, u17, u18s played together as an opportunity for some to get a taste for Colts' rugby. 
 
With the sun shining for the first time this year - Champagne rugby was on the cards. It did not disappoint.
 
The touring side of Old Halesonians were the opposition.
 
The game kicked off with some strong runs from Vale which led to some good hands and saw a try by Casey England. The ball was caught and passed to Jacob Winder, who ran from his own 22 through the defence to score. A try by Old Hales' showing some great running with their powerful 10 and 15 linking up. Strong running by Jack Birkett from Vale to score, and Winder soon scored again.
 
Ashton Kasam-Sharples showed a rare error in missing a tackle, which allowed a try for Old Hales'.
 
A well-worked try with a strong run by Isaac Cook, passing to James Halliday to cover the entire length of the field to score.
 
Kasam-Sharples scored to bring the score to 32-12 at the half-way point. During the intermission, a hearty rendition of 'Greased Lightning' was performed by the tourists, which brought a big cheer from the crowd. 
 
Old Hales' restarted well and soon scored. This was followed by a phase of scrappy play from both sides.
 
The visitors fumbled the ball which fell to Vale prop Bailey Wright to run in his try. Another try by Luke McConnell capped some impressive cross-field passing, but Old Hales' were far from done.
 
They kept on battling and struck again, before a strong drive by the Vale's Nathan Allen to score his first of the afternoon. McConnell danced through six players to cross the line to only go and drop the ball, which earned him a dubious accolade best mentioned only in the changing room. 
 
Old Hales' were still playing some great rugby and even had a few special team calls, which was great to see. The Vale were just too sharp around the break down and turned over the ball which led to the Vale crossing the line. The last try came from Max Higginson, following and a bunch of hack kicks across the floor. The final tally was 66-26 to the Vale. 
 
It was a great game of rugby, played in right spirit. Fun and games followed in the afternoon and evening with a fantastic atmosphere, energy , attitude and presence being brought by the Old Hales'. The custom of rugby touring is alive, well, and it continues a fine tradition of sport and friendship. 
 
Squad:
Thomas Eccles, Casey England, Bailey Wright, Jack Thomas, Thomas Fox, Josh Leaver, Josh Sutcliffe, Oliver Wilkinson, Dylan Priestley Payne, Hector Cullen, Jacob Winder, Max Higginson, Nathan Allen, Jack Birkett, Luke McConnell, Jake Wilson, Frankie Arundale, James Halliday, Harry Staunton, Chester Willgrass, Henry Law, Isaac Cook, Billy Bolton, Charlie Jones, Olly Ball, Connor Hall, Ashton Kasam-Sharples

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