YOUTH RUGBY: Cirencester blast through to U17s National Shield semi final

The Cirencester U17s squad which beat Beaconsfield in the National Shield quarter final

The Cirencester U17s squad which beat Beaconsfield in the National Shield quarter final

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CIRENCESTER easily won their divisional quarter final in the National U17s Shield against Beaconsfield.

Beaconsfield U17s 5

Cirencester U17s 60

Olly Armitage opened the scoring with a well-worked try. Jamie Watts then went over in the corner after selling one of his trademark dummies. Jack Lister put in impressive kicks, the second from the touchline, to make it 14-0. Cirencester's set piece provided a great platform, with Cam Frost and Freddy Williams dominating the line-out and Will Irving claiming a scrum against the head.

Beaconsfield threatened on a number of occasions, but Cirencester's defence was solid. Ola Omotoso, was particularly impressive, getting back to make a number of cover tackles. But when Cirencester's big ball carriers ran at the opposition defence, they couldn't find the same answer. Karl Idowu, Thomas 'Blob' Gould, Louis Cooke, Toben Ronald and Zeb Waite were particularly destructive with their direct approach, while Luke Newman, Armitage and Jack Owen took every advantage of the open space.

It was Sam Scott who was the most devastating runner, though, claiming a hat-trick of tries. With Waite and Ronald getting a brace each and Williams going over as well, a comprehensive 10 tries to one victory was in the bag.

With a number of injuries enforcing constant rolling substitutions, it seemed it didn't matter who came on in what position – every player picked up where the last one left off.

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