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Rugby: Young Lions set stage for double triumph
LIONS’ young stars produced a hearty roar as they starred in a double success for Bournemouth Rugby Club on Saturday.
The Chapel Gate under-16s were tasked with setting the tone for the club’s senior side when they took to the field in a game which preceded Lions’ National Two South clash with league rivals Taunton.
And the teenagers did not disappoint as they stormed to an 80-3 victory over their Taunton counterparts in front of a bumper crowd.
With the first-team match sponsored by Bournemouth’s youth and mini section, the under-16s were given the opportunity to showcase their skills.
Captain Ollie Alder wasted no time in getting the ball rolling with a try inside the opening three minutes.
With Bournemouth’s forward pack providing a platform for the backs to express themselves, Lions ran riot. Otto Gray led the way with a hat-trick and he was joined on the scoresheet by Scott Dodds, Hamish Renwick, Luis Granell, Jamie O’Leary, Michael Smith, Tyrone Carkeet, Sam Baily and Dan Caws-Williams. Conor Dunne added eight conversions, with Granell booting a further two.
Lions’ senior team completed the double triumph as they registered a nail-biting 30-27 win.
Lions under-16s: Luis Granell, Dylan Case, Otto Gray, Ollie Alder, Tristan Dicks, Conor Dunne, Sean Simms, Scott Dodds, Will Jepson, Sam Knott, James Fisher, Kieran Law, Jamie O’Leary, Michael Smith, Hamish Renwick. Subs: Jo Stanley, James Young, Tyrone Carkeet, Sam Harris, Patrick Marsden, Sam Baily, Dafydd Thomas, Carlos Snell, Harry Newstead, Alex Muncer, Dan Caws-Williams. Coaches: Gavin Fisher, Tony Harris, Callum Forrest. Manager: Lynne Thomas.