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Posted Monday, January 24th 2022

Report: London Irish U18s 14-27 Bristol Bears U18s

Bristol Bears U18’s continued their unbeaten run in the Academy U18 League with a mature performance against London Irish at Hazelwood Centre on Saturday afternoon.


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In a bruising encounter against the Exiles, the Bears scored four tries courtesy of Sam Worsley, Ollie Thraves, Isaac Campbell Wu and Arthur Davis to make it four wins from four.


What happened?

It was a game of back and forth in the first half with both teams creating scoring opportunities. The Bears struck first inside the opening five minutes after some nice interplay created a gap for fly-half Sam Worsley to step his man and canter under the posts.

The try was soon cancelled out by a nice finish from London Irish, before the Bears asserted their dominance up-front with Ollie Thraves dropping over the line from a well worked maul.

Following another levelling score from Irish, Worsley’s penalty on 30 minutes edged the Bears in front, and some powerful goal line defence kept the Exiles out on the stroke of half time.

The second 40 saw the Bears dominate territory, where eventually their patience was rewarded in the form of two quick-fire tries.

Isaac Campbell Wu dotted down for a neat finish after sidestepping two defenders, quickly followed by the bonus-point score courtesy of Arthur Davis off the back of another successful driving maul, sealing another impressive victory for the Bears.

15. Sami Hamid, 14. Gabe Lacey, 13. Henry Hawkins, 12. Lucas Berti, 11. Tom Ormsby, 10. Sam Worsley, 9. Rhys Price; 1. Louis Trevett, 2. James Randall, 3. Jimmy Halliwell, 4. Ollie Thraves, 5. Paddy Pearce, 6. Aaron Tull (c), 7. Sacha Potapenkov, 8. Ed Harvey.

16. George Davey, 17. Billy Marsden, 18. Jimmy Halliwell, 19. Miles Langley, 20. Charlie Cox, 21. Pete Carter, 22. Isaac Campbell Wu, 23. Jake Smith.


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