Shelford catch the eye at Peterborough Rugby Club Festival
Shelford show their potential
Shelford under-12s produced an impressive performance as they narrowly missed out on claiming the main prize at the Peterborough Rugby Club Festival.
They showed lots of potential in a tournament against 18 teams, reaching the final and only conceding one try in their matches.
Shelford’s first match was against Peterborough Ellis and a dominant display of rugby saw the 15-strong squad score eight tries in a 40-0 win, with Franco Chelkowski and Zach Edwards doing well to move possession to the wingers.
Joey Taylor’s speed and skill helped him get four, while Fraser Jones, Zach Whieldon, Monty Lovell and Fraser Christie got one apiece.
Next up were Saffron Walden, and a fluid second-half performance helped Shelford to a 20-0 win.
Dom Aho showed some great strength in a good defensive display, while Lovell got two tries and Jones and Taylor one apiece.
Having won Group B, Shelford then faced Towcester.
Taylor got an early try after some good rucking from Matthew Campbell, Dylan Samujh and Billy White allowed scrum-half Joel Butler-Burd to get the ball moving to the wing.
And they held on for the 5-0 win to get another bonus point for not conceding a try.
Shelford won the second pool with a 10-0 victory over St Neots.
Ben Carey made the breakthrough in the second half, and then an interception from Jaime Martinez-Brocal led to Barney Elliott scoring.
But in the final, Shelford met tough opponents in Spalding and ended up losing 5-0.
Doubles were the order of the day for Shelford under-15s as they won 56-5 against Ely.
Numbers were low because of injuries and half term, so Shelford lent their opponents two players to ensure a 15-a-side match went ahead.
Ely had a physical and combative pack, but once Shelford got some possession, they spread their game wide with skill and pace to get the first two tries through slick handling and continuity.
Ely hit back with a well-worked try after winning the battle at the breakdown.
Injury meant Shelford were down to 14 in the second half, but they stopped over committing players at the breakdown and were more physical.
And intelligent backs moves called by Walter Watson at the set piece led to more good handling and continuity as Shelford scored regularly.
Jack Smith, George Doe and Henry Robinson got two tries apiece and Watson, Jacob Absolom, Hamish Brewis and Taylor Hein-Jones got one each. Watson also added three conversions.