Despite a tough Double-Header to finish the season, the Lambs rounded off 2018 with two typically ambitious performances before awarding their Player of the Season prizes at Stow on the Wold RFC.
The 16s faced a hugely physical and very impressive Gloucester U16s side fresh from the Wellington Festival and a two week tour of Italy.
A blistering first half from the hosts game no way back for the Lambs, who continued to the end and were deserving of at least a couple of scores. Patrick Noroozi (Perse School) was awarded the Man of the Match award after an excellent game in the back row, with Toby Tyson (Cranleigh), Joe Jenner (Reigate) and James Webster (Epsom) all also having impressive games.
The 18s faced the Gloucester Academy 17s, a side who also toured Italy whilst the Lambs were out there. There organisation was clear from the off, however the Lambs wide to wide game asked a number of questions of their defence.
Despite a well balanced first half, where the Lambs were unlucky not to put away two or three chances, Gloucester pulled away in the 2nd half – and as the Lambs forced the game a number of interception tries made their life even harder. Aiden Ali (Cheltenham College) was awarded the Man of the Match award, his third of the season, following a number of impressive line breaks and his solidity in defence.
The end of the two games signaled the end of the Lambs season. Groundbreaking in many ways as the U16s embarked on their first tour, the U18s put 99 points on Croatia U19s and the 16s and 18s playing international games on the same day for the first time in Lambs history.
The post match celebrations included the awarding of the ‘Player of the Season’ awards. These went to Sam Smedley (St Johns, Leatherhead) at the U16s age and Aiden Ali (Cheltenham College) as the U18s age.
Commenting on the occasion and the Lambs awards, National Director Alex Laybourne said:
“This season has provided a huge number of players with a some great memories and new experiences that they will keep with them for a lifetime. Some life-long friendships have been forged, the players have a new way of looking at the game and the pink shirts have been taken on another stage by this group of young men.”
“I am proud, and indeed privileged, to have worked with these young men and I know that the coaching staff at both the 16s and 18s have had a great time working with them as well. I am looking forward to tracking their progress in the future.”
“Special congratulations go to Sam and Aiden on their Player of the Season awards. They are not easy to come by and are a reward for consistency of performance within our Lambs philosophy. They have impressed our staff and supporters throughout the season and are thoroughly deserving of the prizes.”
ISRFC Lambs XVs:
15 Elliot Rayment (Royal Hospital School), 14 William Kay (Stockport Grammar), 13 Oliver Mann (Wisbech Grammar), 12 Byron Van Uden (Stamford), 11 Darren Ali-Scott (Queen Ethelburga’s), 10 Alfie Orchard (Bedford, captain), 9 Harrison Emmett-Lee (Grammar School at Leeds), 1 Didi Vidal-Adegun (Bishop’s Stortford College), 2 Samuel Wright (Rugby), 3 John Petty (Trinity), 4 Owen Jones (King’s Macclesfield), 5 Harry Taylor (Kingswood), 6 Tyler Tomlinson (Felsted), 7 Aiden Ali (Cheltenham College), 8 Bradley Hutler (Wisbech Grammar).
Replacements: 16 Harry Mason (Reed’s), 17 William Spendlove (Stockport Grammar), 18 Oliver Perkins (Berkhamsted), 19 Harrison Stiles (Framlingham College), 20 Alex Liley (St Peter’s, York), 21 Tom Watson (Framlingham College), 22 Arran Borland (Bedford), 23 TBC.
15 Milo Blakey (King’s College, Taunton), 14 Ben Kay (Churcher’s College), 13 Archie Warren (Trinity), 12 Louis Aylwin (Haileybury), 11 Will Brooke-Webb (King’s College, Taunton), 10 James Webster (Epsom College, vc), 9 Will Shankland (Harrow), 1 Barnes Darlington (Tonbridge), 2 Henry Langford (Uppingham), 3 Will Rees-Young (Tonbridge), 4 James White (King’s College, Taunton), 5 Luc Bowkley (Tonbridge), 6 Ayo Onabolu (Trinity), 7 Patrick Noroozi (The Perse), 8 Sam Smedley (St John’s, Leatherhead, captain).
Replacements: 16 Toby Tyson (Cranleigh), 17 Tristan Smith (Felsted), 18 Carlson White (Uppingham), 19 Joe Messenger (King’s College, Taunton, 20 Joe Jenner (Reigate Grammar), 21 Toby Warren (New Hall), 22 Marcus Marchant (Dulwich College).