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Sotiri scores debut try for Haringey Rhinos Under-14s while first team extend their winning run

PUBLISHED: 12:05 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:05 26 November 2015

Andreas Sotiri scored a try in his first game for Haringey Rhinos. Pic: Tony Gay

Andreas Sotiri scored a try in his first game for Haringey Rhinos. Pic: Tony Gay

TONY GAY at tonephote@aol.com

Andreas Sotiri scored a try on his debut for Haringey Rhinos’ Under-14s as a side featuring a number of young players put in an encouraging performance, despite their defeat to Chingford.

Haringey started well, keeping the ball through 12 phases and winger Sam Marsh nearly went over for the opening score, being denied by a knock-on.

Instead it was the visitors who crossed the whitewash first, but the Rhinos won a line-out and captain Stanley Bonham-Carter fed fly-half George Brett, who found Sotiri – and the new boy raced through a gap before beating four defenders and scoring under the posts, with Brett adding the extras to put the hosts 7-5 up.

Chingford went on to score a converted try either side of half-time and win the contest 19-7, but Haringey coach Dave Ouda was pleased with that he saw.

“It was a brilliant performance all-round and the team showed great maturity and control, applying many of the skills and concepts we have been working on in training,” he said.

“The new players from the RFU All Schools programme have integrated into the squad really quickly and will strengthen the team as we continue to develop.”

Meanwhile, Jared Robinson scored his first two tries of the season as Haringey’s first team continued their winning run with a fourth successive victory in Herts/Middlesex Division Two, triumphing 30-19 at Old Isleworthians.

Centre Tom Shirt slipped the tackles of two defenders to run in under the posts, with Dan Rycroft converting and, although Old Isleworthians hit back with two tries to go 12-7 up, Robinson scampered down the wing to open his account for the campaign and level the scores.

Will Harris also crossed the line as the Rhinos took the lead, but it changed hands again after a score at the other end, and it took a Rycroft penalty to give Haringey a narrow 20-19 advantage at the interval.

They struck soon after the restart as full-back Hugo Murray collected a loose kick and beat a number of defenders before feeding back-row forward and man of the match Robinson, who scored his second try and secured a bonus point for his side. Rycroft added the extras and then kicked a penalty as Rhinos reached the 30-point mark.

Haringey’s second team, the Badgers, took on Old Isleworthians’ reserves. They were only able to field five players but the hosts graciously donated five of their own to enable a friendly 10-a-side match – and the Rhinos’ new recruits Alex Culley and Greg Sharatt scored their first tries for the club.

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