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Late Whitgift tries help overcome U16A resistance

By Josh Bartholomew

Hampton’s U16A team lost 25-14 to Whitgift despite a strong start to the match. 

In Saturday’s only game after all other fixtures had been cancelled due to snow, Hampton began well but fell behind when Whitgift’s winger scored in the corner. 

Hampton’s pressure continued, and this time they were rewarded for their efforts as scrum-half Joe Sykes sniped to score in the corner. 

Sykes celebrates his early try

But Whitgift soon returned to the Hampton 22, where they used their size advantage to take the lead with their second try of the match and lead 7-15. 

Whitgift then extended their advantage despite Dylan Straker-Grimes’ efforts, but Hampton were typically tenacious and hit back through Iestyn Humphrey, whose try reduced Whitgift’s lead to a single point.  

But Whitgift’s strength was prevailing, and they took advantage of a chance to score from the kick-off. Hampton’s solid resistance was wearing thin, and Whitgift scored their final try as fatigue began to take full toll.

Hampton winger Jack Wells said: “It wasn’t the end we wanted, but nonetheless it was a monumental effort from everyone who played. It was great to see the team grow and improve as the season went on.

“Now, our sights are on the Rosslyn Park Sevens tournament in March.” 

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