Farnham Rugby Club’s junior section were celebrating two wins in cup competitions last Sunday (February 5).
The under-16 boys enjoyed a convincing 52-10 win at Dorking, while the under-16 girls came from behind to narrowly beat Wimbledon 24-19 at Monkton Lane.
The girls’ game was all square at half time at 12-12.
Wimbledon’s outstanding back then scored a fantastic solo try, which was converted to give the visitors a 19-12 lead.
Farnham came back with barnstorming runs from Ella Barker, Eva Pressly, Polly Milner and Izzy Kingham to put the home side on the front foot. Hattie Stockham scored a memorable solo try, which Phoebe Foskett converted to draw the scores level.
Farnham had the best of the second half and were rewarded with a fantastic team try rounded off by Chloe Harper to secure the girls’ second cup win.
The boys’ under-16 As got their Quins Cup show back on the road with a 52-10 win at Dorking with two tries from Fin Healey and Alex Brown and others from Simeon Serukalou, Charlie Hughes, Fin McManus and Ted Harris. Archie Rushin successfully converted six of them.
Farnham scored from the kick off and effectively took the wind out of Dorking’s sails.
Fin McManus collected, charged down the sideline and cleverly kicked across into space for his back-row teammate Healey to gather and score.
The team played with control and ambition. The half backs put their team in the right part of the pitch with good kicking, decision making and execution.
The midfield combined unselfishness with ambition to move the ball wide. This opened space between defenders and provided plenty of opportunity to exploit it as evidenced by the scoreline.
Hughes’ carry across the line from a well-drilled catch and drive was the pick of four first-half scores.
In the second half, the players coming off the bench were challenged to keep the energy up and the foot down. And they didn’t disappoint.
Playing a narrower game, the pack came to the fore with the big fellows muscling over for a try apiece, with Brown getting his second of the day.
Sam Foskett and Sean Uprichard