RUGBY UNION: Bolton RUFC juniors weekend round-up

The Bolton News: Ryan McClusky runs with the ball supported by James Kerwin for the under-16s Ryan McClusky runs with the ball supported by James Kerwin for the under-16s

BOLTON Under-15s won through to the semi-finals of the Plate with a 19-7 victory at Eccles.

Tom Heatherington crashed over for the first try of a physical match with David Price converting.

Bolton played well with excellent tackling and good, powerful rucking and mauling and a particularly dominant set scrum.

They let themselves down with careless handling which allowed Eccles to stay in the game in the first half which saw no further scoring.

Eccles levelled after the break, but that only served to spark Bolton to step up a gear.

Flowing back moves and aggressive rucking resulted in another penalty near the line and Will Hinchliffe stormed over in the corner.

Adam Hackin then scored the try of the match, picking up loose ball at the base of a ruck and beating the last defenders with a nice swerve to go over by the posts.

Price tapped over a nice conversion to close the scoring.

Bolton U16s did not get out of second gear in their second game in a week, but were still too strong for Tarleton in a 24 17 victory.

Ryan McClusky kicked off the scoring after 20 minutes of stalemate with a breakaway try. He ran 70m to score under the posts, making Adam Kazmi’s conversion a formality.

Tom Hill followed up a kick to put the visiting full-back under pressure and picked up the loose ball to stretch over and give Bolton a 12-0 half-time lead.

In the second period McClusky again outstripped the visiting defence as he burst down the blind side to score in the corner, Tom Hill adding the extras with a superb kick.

Harry Kay was outstanding in his first start, making a couple of challenges in the tight and a bulldozing run to earn the coaches’ man-of-the-match award.

Tarleton then scored two quick tries to pull the score back to 19-10 before Will McCambridge settled the nerves with a great solo kick and chase try to make it 24-10 before the visitors had the last word.

The players’ award went to Tom McCormick while McClusky won the parents’ award.

The u14s edged a thrilling game against Rossendale 10-8 to secure a cup semi-final against Leigh or Waterloo.

Bolton’s forwards Paddy Hunter, Alfie Kay, Daniel Southworth, Cameron Richardson, Alex Ramwell, Matty Moore, Tom Crook and Morgan Skeels-Caldwell were outstanding against strong opposition who had won the reverse fixture.

The stalemate was broken five minutes before the interval when Rossendale scored an unconverted try.

Bolton levelled in the second half when Ben Turner spotted space on the left wing and chipped over for Kier Kernick to score.

The were behind again soon after when Rossendale kicked a penalty, but a compelling game turned Bolton’s way when top try scorer Dan Southworth forced his way over the line to score the winning try.

the u12s suffered two heavy defeats in a triangular tournament also involving Tyldesley and Eccles.

Harry Moxham put in huge hits in the first against Eccles, and Owen Critchlow scored a try against Tyldesley after good work by Tobi Ramwell.

Hooker Myles Horpe was awarded Bolton player of the tournament.

The u11s drew both games one try each in their three-team tournament with Tyldesley and Eccles.

Strong driving from Ethan Greenwood, Sean Carragher, Tom Simpson and scrum-half Jake Rimmer paved the way for captain Lewis Picton to go over for a late equalising try against Eccles.

The same player scored against Tyldesley, this time to put Bolton ahead.

The man-of-the-match award went to Harrison Rassells in only his second game of rugby, while also impressive were Jaime Lambert and Harrison Franks for solid all-round performances, Alastair Harris and George Worsley for making impressive line breaks and Tom McNulty who counter-attacked well from full back.

Bolton U9s won their triangular tournament against Eccles and Tyldesley.

They got off to a bad start, conceding the first try against Tyldesday.

Euan James levelled with a powerful try before more followed from Thomas Derbyshire and Nihal Arravind.

Marcus Williams was reliable in defence and Weyland Smith displayed exquisite footwork to secure Bolton's 8-5 win.

Bolton then beat Eccles 7-3 with Thomas Derbyshire man of the match.

The u8s beat Eccles 10-9 and lost 8-6 to Tyldesley in their mini tournament.

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