Both sides were low on numbers resulting in a nine a side game being played and with so much space available led to a very high scoring game with Saracens coming out on top.
Dorchester hosted this game and the combined team put up a very spirited performance despite the fact that they had never played together before but they couldn’t match Sarries team work and more physical approach which enabled sarries to run out as very comfortable winners in this 11 a side game.
Saracens u13s hosted near neighbours Sidmouth in a great afternoon of rugby. The hard work put in at training shone through this week as the Sarrie girls put in a great performance on the pitch to record a good win.
This game was played at Tavistock RFC with the home team combining with Crediton to put out a full side. The score does the combined team a disservice as they tackled hard and kept attacking hard all afternoon and certainly didn’t give the Sarries an easy ride. Sarries victory was built on good team work and support play and a huge improvement in their work at the breakdown. The teams rucking produced lots of good clean ball which allowed them to maintain momentum to keep going forward, many of the tries were scored after many phases of play.
This was the first time this season that Saracens had been able to field a full side and it was great to see the hard work that has been put into training start to come through on the pitch. It was a real team performance with all players giving maximum effort and contributing to that performance both in attack and defence.
In their first fixture this season against Sidmouth the Sarries U13′s faced two equally strong Sidmouth teams and put up a valiant performance. Sarries had two players making their debut and two players from Newton Abbot who joined the Sarries for the afternoon of rugby. Despite facing stiff opposition the Sarries girls displayed some good tackling, passing and team communication and scored some well earned tries. It was good to see all the hard work that they put into the training sessions come out in a game situation. In both games the girls continued to work hard even when they were getting tired and they kept their heads held high and showed real Sarries spirit throughout.
Saracens were able to muster 10 players for their first game in a month and took their frustrations at not playing regular rugby out on the hosts with a fast paced, high tempo display of rugby. As with the u15s Tavistock dug in deep and played some good rugby of their own but couldn’t match Sarries power, pace and fitness. Of the 13 tries scored, Kelsea Purchall scored four, Zoe Harrison got 3 and birthday girl Charlotte Harvey scored her first try for the club.
Exeter Saracens U15 – Sunday 7th April
Saracens travelled up to North Dorset for a first meeting with Dorchester u15s. As no club had full numbers North Dorset split their resources between Sarries and Dorchester and a full 13 a side game was played. Dorchester’s inexperience showed and they couldn’t contain Kelsea who scored four tries so to redress the balance stand in coaches Jeff and Damian switched her on to the Dorchester team and Kelsea went on to score three more! As always there was lots of determined tackling and competition for the ball but the girls must look to pass and support more and get the ball into space as in the coming weeks we will come against teams that we won’t be able to just run through. The biggest cheer of the afternoon came as Nikkita scored her first try of the season and spent the rest of the day with a huge smile on
her face. Unfortunately dad Gary the u15s official photographer missed it! As always a big team effort with bags of enthusiasm from everyone.
Lots of pictures on Facebook
Exeter Saracens U18′s
On Easter saturday the u18s played two very tough, competitve games against touring sides Reading and Esher in a bumper afternoon of rugby. Sarries lost four tries to two against Esher and two tries to one against Reading. Reading won the game against Esher two tries to nil. Sarries did well in both games and learned some valuable lessons and gave their confidence a huge boost.
They took this confidence up to North Dorset on Sunday 7th April and along with the hosts and Chipping Sodbury pooled resources to play a 10 a side game. Sarries were very competitive at the breakdown and turned over a lot of ball. They also looked to move the ball around to exploit space and score plenty of tries. They could have scored a few more if some of the passes had not been so wayward however there always seemed to be a player on hand to to recover the loose ball. Tallulah played a blinder, making some good breaks which kept the opposition on their toes and resulted in her scoring four tries. She also was a bit of a revelation with the boot as she drop kicked 6 conversions after the team kicking tee vanished. The tackling was ferocious at times which resulted in a very attritional game with numbers on the pitch
varying from 10 a side to 6 a side during the course of the game. All in all a very good run out and some very sporting play and a game that was very enjoyable.
Lots of pictures on Facebook
Saracens u13 girls had a great trip to Minehead Barbarians on Sunday 24th March. Continue Reading →
Dorset Festival Sunday 3rd March
Sarries U18s entered into this 10 side 10 minute each way festival with just the 10 players. This meant that they were up against it from the start with no subs and no chance to introduce fresh legs at any stage in proceedings. The very cold conditions and a few delays for injuries meant that stiff muscles and niggly injuries to the players took their toll on Sarries contingent as the festival progressed.
Saracens 28 v 7 Newquay/Leopards
Sarries fared well against familiar opposition from Cornwall with Chelsea getting 2 tries and Beth and Abbie 1 each. Corinne was on form with her kicking and slotted all 4 conversions.
Saracens 7 v 15 Ellingham & Ringwood
Corinne got all the points in this narrow defeat when she converted her own try.
Saracens 0 v 30 Old Northamptonians
As injuries bit into Sarries numbers so the ref took time off the game, one minute for each player less than the full 10 the midlanders got their bonus point and Sarries were on their way home.
Pictures can be found on facebook.
Saracens U15 were in the 7 a side festival and were lucky enough to be able to enter two sides, Saracens and Crusaders. This meant that no one had to be left behind and so miss out though given the cold I’m sure that one or two wouldn’t have minded staying at home in the warm. The Crusaders were up first but didnt make the greatest of starts but as the afternoon wore on they did improve greatly and scored a few tries for their efforts Captain Nikkita put in a good shift and Brianna Miller did well and got stuck in on her debut for the club.
Crusdaers 0 v 45 Ellingham & Ringwood
Crusaders 15 v 20 North Dorset
The home team just had the edge in this match but tries from Courtney, Charlotte M and Ailise kept Saries in the game.
Crusaders 10 v 25 Old Northamptonians
For a moment it looked like the team were in for another hammering but they dug deep and saved the best til last with some good tackling and passing and finished strongly with another try from Charlotte and one from Izzy. Things could have been different if the team had played like they did from the outset but it was a good experience for them.
The Saracens team did well and made it through to the semi finals of the festival which was a good effort given the quality of some of the opposition.
Saracens 45 v 0 Wellington
Sarries just overpowered the Wellington side in the tackle and contact areas and ran in 9 tries. Kelsea 4, Ellie 2, Amanda and Mollie scoring one each.
Saracens 10 v 25 Worcester
A couple of turnovers at vital times and a fortuitous bounce of the ball took the game away from Saracens against a very good Worcester side. Kelsea got both tries.
Saracens 30 v 0 Basingstoke
Once again it was Sarries power game that saw them home as they outmuscled the Hampshire side. Amanda and Kelsea both scored two and Jennifer and Ellie the other two.
Saracens 10 v 20 Ellingham & Ringwood
The cold was beginning to take hold of Sarries by now and cold hands saw several crucial knock ons which saw promising moves falter. When Sarries realised they could have beaten the Dorset side they kept taking the wrong option and playing the narrow side up the hill instead of using the big open side that was running down the slope which would have almost guaranteed tries on more than on occasion. However thats what these events are for, to learn from and tries from Kelsea and Mollie made Ellingham sweat right up to the final whistle.
Hopefully our next festival will be in warmer, sunnier weather and everyone will be able to relax and enjoy themselves a bit more.
Lots of pictures on Facebook
Saracens u15 girls had enjoyable afternoon at Devonport Services where they played two games and won two games. There was some good passing and team work with everyone working hard to support each other.
Devonport Services 12 v 22 Exeter Saracens
Kelsea Purchall scored 2 tries, Amanda Herring and Tess Brock scored 1 each and Nikkita Endacott kicked a conversion.
Exeter Saracens 29 v 5 Tavistock
Kelsea scored 2 more tries, Ellie Price got 2 with Tess also scoring again. Nikkita and Amanda both kicked a conversion.
Lots of pictures of the afternoon’s action have been posted on facebook