Taylor Hein-Jones shines for Shelford
Six-try showing against Colchester
Six tries from Taylor Hein-Jones helped steer Shelford under-15s to a 68-15 win over Colchester.
An injury-hit squad led to three players being loaned to the visitors for a 14-a-side game, and Shelford started the stronger, getting the opening try through Hein-Jones after three minutes.
Ben Murdoch then charged over in the corner, and Shelford’s strong tackling restricted a spirited Colchester side to working with the scraps.
Hein-Jones got two more tries and Walter Watson got one to complete the scoring in the first quarter.
The second period saw Simeon Kyprianou dive over from close range and Hein-Jones got his fourth try, with Osian Williams adding a conversion.
After the break, Colchester got a foothold in the game and George Doel crossed in the corner after some good forward play. Hein-Jones grabbed his fifth try, before Colchester soon added a second and third.
Shelford bounced back in the fourth quarter, with Hein-Jones completing his second hat-trick and Doel scoring a treble for the hosts. Williams finished with two conversions and Archie Calne and George Salisbury got one apiece.
Shelford under-16s came up against a dominant Colchester team as they were beaten 27-0.
It was a difficult match for Shelford the last time they went to Colchester, and losing three props before the game meant they headed to Essex with a bit of trepidation.
They conceded the first almost straight from kick off, but they showed some good resolve to thwart Colchester, despite the hosts having the majority of possession and territory.
With uncontested scrums and line-outs a lottery, the teams cancelled each other out at the rucks.
Shelford were trailing 17-0 at half time, but had the wind behind them in the second half and gained in confidence, keeping possession better.
Chances went begging as Colchester added two more tries, one of which was converted, but there were some good defensive performances from Shelford, including full-back Ed Jarman, who was named man of the match.
Shelford under-16s B were beaten 24-17 by Colchester B.
Colchester made a quick start with two tries, one of which was converted, but Shelford found their feet and Rhys Page used winger Joe MacMullen as a decoy to show and dummy to burst through and touch down.
But Colchester got a further converted try to make it 19-7 at half time.
An injury meant Shelford were down to 14 in the second half, but they got the opening try, combining for winger Abe Raymond to score in the corner.
A piece of individual brilliance from Tyus Pfaender, who jinked through several tackles to race away and score, reduced the arrears to 19-17.
However, Colchester scored the final try to complete the win.
Kyle Harris scored two tries as Shelford under-13s won 20-10 against Colchester.
With plenty of players in both squads, the match was split into four quarters to allow regular substitutions.
In the first quarter, Colchester got the first try before Harvey Taylor released a flying Ryley Brown to touch down for Shelford.
They dominated possession in the second period, and from a scrum got Kyle Harris in to score, and they then created an opening for Scott Revell to touch down before the break.
There was no score in the third quarter, but Harris got his second try in the final quarter, although Colchester had the final say with the last try of the match.