RUGBY UNION: Banbury are county champions for fourth year

Witney Gazette: Banbury Under 13s with the Oxfordshire Cup Banbury Under 13s with the Oxfordshire Cup

Banbury Under 13s were crowned Oxfordshire champions for a fourth successive year after beating Chinnor 27-10 in the final at Grove.

Toby Parker, Harry Horrocks, Tom Chesser, Max Bending and Harry Gardner scored Banbury’s tries, with Parker converting one.

Chinnor replied with a try from Isaac MacDonald, converted by Josh Franklin, who also slotted a penalty.

JAKE Anderson scored two tries as Banbury beat Witney 36-6 in the Oxfordshire Under 16 League.

Witney led 6-0 thanks to a brace of Archie Fellows penalties.

Reece Lines, George Grieve, Dan Morris and Aaron Peachey also notched for Banbury, with George Barbeary converting two and Grieve one.

CHINNOR will host Devon side Crediton in the National Under 17 Bowl’s South West semi-finals on Sunday.

If successful, The Oxfordshire side, who beat Old Cryptians 32-19 in the previous round, would face Bracknell or North Dorset in the regional final at Cleve RFC on April 6.

OTHER SCORERS

Under 11: Banbury A 5 (try Q Blythe), Old Northamptonians 0; Banbury B 5 (try T Levene), Old Northamptonians 5.

HEAD of rugby Andy Goldsmith is backing Bloxham School to impress at the 75th anniversary of the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens next week.

Bloxham are entering three teams into the tournament, which starts on Monday.

“We had quite a successful XVs season, the under 13 team went unbeaten apart from the last game in the knockout cup,” he said.

“The under 16s lost just one match all season too while the under 18s only lost four. We’re hoping we can translate that into a good showing at the Rosslyn Park Sevens tournament.

“Rosslyn Park is the No 1 tournament, anyone who is anyone goes there. It’s great for the youngsters to experience that type of tournament.

“There are some very tough groups but whatever happens, I am confident we will give a good account of ourselves.”

HSBC is proud to sponsor the world's largest schools rugby tournament. All HSBC’s rugby sponsorships aim to help develop and grow the sport and ensure even more youngsters get involved with rugby. For more information visit www.rpns7.co.uk

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