UNDER 12S - NWCL Group E 2018

Under-12s Match Reports - 2018

Pilkington Recs v Salford City Roosters

11th March 2018

Salford City Roosters under 12s had their first away match of the season today coming away 28-14 victors.  The home side was struggling for players so six of our lads volunteered to play a half for Pilks (3 each half).  The Pilks’ coaches commented after the game how well all 6 had played and were impressed with the effort they put in for them.  Almost all our team now have volunteered to play for the other team at some point this season and they have put a real shift in when they have.  The coaches have been really impressed with how many have done it as it allows more of our players to get game time and makes for more even games.  So well done to Noah, Jacob, Dan, Reece, Ryan and Joe Davies for doing your bit today.

The Roosters got off to a good start defending well and building pressure on the home team before Evan opened the scoring with a wonder try.  Playing in his usual full back position he fielded a long kick, found a gap in the defence and then smashed through the cover defence before weaving under the posts for an 80m try.  Reece added the goal

Strong running by the forwards put us in a decent position a few times but we weren’t able to get over.  Pilks scored next when some good passing and running (including from our lads!) set up a position for them to go over in the corner.  But we kept on the pressure and Reece was next to capitalise with a blind side move, stepping through a gap to score.  More strong running from Omar and James got us close to the line and Zack was quick to spot a gap and twist over from dummy half.  Both kicks were missed so we went in 14-4 up at the break.

The second half was more of the same with strong running again giving Zack a chance to dive over from dummy half.  The previously untried trio of Dan, Jacob and Joe Davies were controlling our plays well and bringing the backs into the game.  Conor was unlucky not to score after a good passing move saw him stopped only by a high tackle.  From the penalty the ball was moved wide again with good passing getting Cameron over but good defence meant he couldn’t get the ball down.  Next tackle saw the ball moved to James who powered through to score and then convert.

I think the Roosters thought they had the game won but Pilks showed them they hadn’t with two quick tries and an excellent conversion from wide out brought it back to 24-14.  We made it safe with a trademark drive from Luke which saw him force his way over for the final score.

The Roosters’ coaches were especially impressed with the defence for most of the game today with some good line speed and some strong tackling, typified by Jacob who tackled hard for both teams and put some monster hits in and earned a well deserved coach’s award. 

Well done for another good game Roosters


Tries:     Evan Witherington, Zack Ashton (2), Reece Schofield, James Edwards, Luke Elliot

Goals:   Reece Schofield, James Edwards

Awards:               Away coach:       Luke Elliot

                              Home coach:      Jacob Beckley

                              Players Player:   Reece Schofield

Salford City Roosters v Leyland Warriors 

25th February 2018

The Roosters under 12s got back to winning ways with a strong performance against Leyland Warriors.  The Warriors were a bit under strength so we had 2 volunteers each half to even it up to an 11 a side game.  Leyland’s coach said afterwards she was impressed with how hard the Roosters tried when they were on their side so well done to Joe, Finn, Oliver and Omar for showing such great sportsmanship.

The opening exchanges were fairly even with both sets of forwards taking it to the other team.  The Roosters showed their attacking intent when Reece kicked to the corner early in the tackle count but it rolled dead just before Noah could get there.

We got the scoring underway about 10 minutes in when Luke charged onto a short ball from Jacob and forced his way over.  We doubled up soon afterwards.  A mazy run by Reece and direct running from Noah left the defence in disarray and Zack’s quick thinking saw him pick it up and scoot from dummy half and dive over in the corner to make it 8-0 at the break.

The Warriors pulled one back in the second half with our very own Omar picking it up at dummy half, seeing the gap in the Roosters defence and going over the line. 

The Roosters made it an 8 point gap again with the try of the match.  Starting with the ball in our own half, strong driving by the forwards got us up the field and then we moved it wide for Joe Dunne and then Tom to make good metres.  We moved the ball all the way to the left and on the last tackle Dan saw the defence had been pulled across and put a perfect kick into space on the right for Ryan to pick up and put down for a try.  A wonderful set of 6 and exactly what we’d asked the boys to do. 

In the next set we worked the ball up the field and Reece handed it onto Dan who took a few defenders with him as he ran the last 20 over the line.  We then kicked off straight to Omar who ran through our defence and under the posts for a great 80 metre try, his second for the Warriors!

Dan then got his second with a drive over from short range and Luke completed the try scoring with his second from a strong run reaching out to get the ball over the line.  Reece converted the last two with great conversions from wide out.

It was great to see the boys playing some lovely flowing passing moves and enjoying themselves.  The hard work in the first half paid off as we earned the right to play some great attacking rugby.  A great display from every player.


Tries:     Luke (2), Zack, Ryan, Dan (2) – plus Omar with 2 for the Warriors!

Goals:   Reece (2)

Awards:               Away coach:       Omar

                              Home coach:      Zack

                              Players Player:   Dan



18th February 2018


The under 12s got their season under way with a narrow loss against local rivals Langworthy.   The Roosters looked rusty in the early exchanges with a number of handling errors but our defence was strong and gradually we got our attaching game together. Some strong running ended with Omar bursting through and charging through under the posts. We then created a number of good positions but couldn’t get over the line again and Langworthy found a way over just before half time making it 6-4 to the Roosters at half time.


We started the second half much better, our defence forced the Reds into a number of errors and our strong running won us some good field position. Omar got over for his second after another trademark run before we scored the try of the match. A flowing passing move involving Zack, Jacob, Reece, Dan and Evan took the ball wide to the left before Reece placed a beautiful chip over to the right hand side for Noah to collect and score a brilliantly worked try. 


Both kicks were made missed so we moved into 14-4 lead. Langworthy pulled one back before the Roosters scored again.  We won a penalty from which Dan gained us 30 metres with the kick. Cameron steamed in from the restart and Finn followed up with a barnstorming run over the line.  Unfortunately the kick was missed again but at 18-up with 5 minutes to go and running the game should have seen us close the game out but a couple of errors from us and strong running from their big forwards saw the Reds score 2 late converted tries to take the game 22-18.


A good close game again against our local rivals saw both teams play in the right spirit. A few learning points from the Roosters but plenty to be proud of too. We go again next week



Tries - Omar Stunell (2), Noah Scott, Finn Flanagan

Goal - Omar Stunell



Away coach m.o.m. - Omar Stunell

Home coach awards - Oliver Dawson for a great debut and Tom Griffiths for volunteering to even the numbers up and playing for Langworthy

Players player - Reece Schofield 


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