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London Under-18s unbeaten at Divisional Festival

31 December 2006

December 31, 2006

London wrapped up a second victory in three days at the Under-18 Divisional Festival by beating the South West 19-5 at RFU Castlecroft.

After grinding out a 7-3 win over the Midlands last Thursday, they dominated the second game and scored three tries.

Centre Richard Coskie (Hampton, London Wasps & Middlesex), hooker Reece Durrance (South East Essex VIth Form College, Westcliff & Essex) and wing Will Browne (Hampton, London Welsh & Middlesex) all touched down with James Knight (Easton, North Walsham & Eastern Counties) adding two conversions.

Number eight Richard Jenkins (Ivybridge Community College & Devon) scored the South West's only try, after also touching down in last Thursday's 20-10 win over the North.

London can complete a clean sweep of the Divisional programme when they take on the North on February 4.

Coach Simon Morgan singled out the back-row trio of James Rodley (Portsmouth GS & London Irish), Tom Sargeant (RGS Guildford & NEC Harlequins) and Matt Chambers (Dulwich College & Bishop Stortford) and lock Mike McFarlane (RGS Guildford & Esher) also impressed.

"It was a very comprehensive win - we kept the South West out of our 22 for the first 30 minutes - and the boys were absolutely tremendous," Morgan said.

The North's enterprising side pulled away to claim a 26-10 win over the Midlands in Saturday's opening game.

Tries from number eight Phil Eggleshaw (Nottingham Academy, Paviors & NLD) and full-back Michael Penn (Bromsgrove, Worcester & North Midlands) kept the Midlands in the game during the first-half.

But two second-half tries from Sedbergh and Cheshire wing Ed Styles put the North out of sight.

His Sedbergh teammate Chris Peace and Durham School and Durham flanker Rob Bell touched down in the first half and Barnard Castle fly-half Rory Clegg added three conversions.

The Divisional Festival system is part of the selection process for one of this season's England Under-18 teams.

They will play Wales, Italy and Scotland in March before defending their title at the Association of European Rugby tournament in Biarritz from March 30 to April 8.

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