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Haringey Rhinos young stars continue their development at New River

Haringey Rhinos Under-12s. Pic: Tony Gay Haringey Rhinos Under-12s. Pic: Tony Gay

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
10:54 AM

It was a busy day for Haringey Rhinos’ thriving youth section on Sunday as three of their teams took to the field.

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Haringey Rhinos Under-16s (in dark green and red) in action against Old Albanians. Pic: Tony GayHaringey Rhinos Under-16s (in dark green and red) in action against Old Albanians. Pic: Tony Gay

The Under-12s were in action in the second round of the County Championships at New River on White Hart Lane, hosting Teddington and then Wasps.

Lapses in concentration left the Rhinos two tries down at half-time against Teddington, but good runs from scrum-half Stanley Bonham-Carter and George Brett tested the vistitors’ defence after the break.

Fly-half Sammy McDonald Boyle then put Stuart Patterson into space, but his sprint to the line was halted by a tap tackle – and Teddington ran in a further four scores to triumph by six tries to nil.

There were no scores in the first half of the ensuing showdown with Wasps, but Haringey started to take hold of the game after the interval.

Excellent defence from Quassim Qader-Grigson and captain Ronaldo Balogh, coupled with dominance at the scrum, meant Bonham-Carter was able to get good ball out to the backs, and winger William Power sprinted 40 yards before being denied by a covering tackle from Wasps’ full-back.

Unfortunately Wasps caught Haringey napping from the resulting scrum and got the breakthrough en route to a victory by four tries to zero.

The Rhinos’ Under-16s were also in action on home turf, entertaining Old Albanians, and they endured a bad day at the office, going down 45-5, with the sole highlight being Aaron Atkinson’s 70-metre run for the home side’s try.

Elsewhere the Under-12s, led by captain Emmanuel Boley, had a much closer affair away at Ruislip.

The hosts scored first but Haringey replied as Josh Clarke dotted down between the posts and, when Ruislip scored again, the visitors responded in kind, with Ethan Hall powering through the home team defence.

With the only successful conversion coming from the hosts, Haringey trailed 12-10 at the interval – and they went on to concede 15 points as Ruislip stepped up the pressure and exploited gaps in the defence.

Hall took the edge off the defeat with his second try, while scrum- half Gledion Kociu converted.

Meanwhile, Haringey Rhinos’ ladies finished their first half of the season with a 75-0 home defeat against Hackney, although Hedie Mokhtari shone for the forwards and captain Margherita Franchi stood out among the backs.

The Rhinos were playing their third home game of the season, with the match being played as an 11-a-side contest with four quarters of 15 minutes each.

The Rhinos showed great strength and determination in the opening period, with the forwards dominating every scrum.

Unfortunately, despite the strenuous defence, a couple of missed tackles resulted in two late tries which lowered morale – and that showed in the second and third quarters.

However, Haringey came back with a vengeance in the final period, showing their passion, while the forwards grabbed the upper hand in scrums, rucks and line-outs, while also carrying effectively.

The backs showed what they are capable of, making ground with some fantastic runs as well as helping the forwards in combat.

Mokhtari never gave up and hit every ruck strongly, while skipper Margherita Franchi was named Haringey’s ‘back of the match’.

Despite the loss, the team showed progress from previous games in defence, organisation and back-line play and will look forward to making further improvements in the new year.

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