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writes Jonathan Landi

Junior/Girls' Round Up: Feb 4

(GIRLS’ SECTION) The U18s had a red letter day in the after reaching the final of their age grade regional cup competition after breezing through their semi-final against Harlow 69-12 on Sunday 4 February.

The regional cup was instigated for teams which finished second at the group stages of the National Cup competition, which meant that the 'Tigers' progressed directly to the semi-final.

No details about the final have been forthcoming at the time of writing, and we will update as soon as any details become available.

The U16s rebounded from their 17-5 loss to Finchley to beat Harlow 37-7 at Green Dragon Lane, which was also the venue for the below games. Tom Mann has kindly provided a brief report on both games. See below.

U16- vs Finchley. The Enfield team, clustering with OGs and Canvey Island , made a slow start playing uphill, and hey were 10-0 down after just a few minutes. The team then dug in and stemmed the flow with some good attacks of their own.

The second-half started well with a try from Ann narrowing the score line. Much of the rest of the game was played in the Finchley half. However, however a lineout steal led to Finchley poaching the ball and claiming the final try of the game, as the team suffered a 17-5 loss.

The second game saw the Enfield team play some of the best rugby of the season. Resolute defence was a particular highlight. The ball was moved wide more effectively, allowing gaps to appear both wide and through the middle, and tries from Ann, Selma, Georgia her first try) and Emily, saw the team emerge victorious 37-7.

The U14s team powered their way to a 70-5 win over a combined Finchley – Saracens outfit.

The U12s, pitted against the same opposition, also emerged triumphant after prevailing 45-30.

(JUNIOR SECTION) The U16s enjoyed a very productive morning in Hertfordshire where they clocked up a big score in the 62-24 win [friendly) over Cheshunt at the Rosedale Sports Club on Sunday 4 February.

For the record, the try scorers were Emanuel (four), Luke (two) and William, with the two James in the side supplying three tries between them.

There has been some very positive feedback from this game and our friends from Cheshunt said : "the referee commented on what a lovely competitive and great natured game it was, and [he spoke] very highly of your boys".

The U13s’ Team Two side continued their rich vein of form after beating both Stevenage (35-0) and Hitchin (40-5) as the three teams involved embraced the ‘Round Robin’ spirit at Donkey Lane.

The U14s gave a good account themselves despite suffering a 43-12 away defeat at Hoe Lane. As the visitors stayed in the fight against a team that is three levels higher in the Pool structure until late in the game.

(SENIOR RUGBY) The first team endured a very disappointing afternoon in the wake of the 50-10 away loss to Datchworth in Counties One Herts-Middlesex on Saturday 3 February.

After a disastrous opening in which they leaked three tries and trailed 19-0, Ignatians regrouped and were rewarded with tries from Cairo Sango and Erik Nagy (when Datchworth were reduced to 13) as the visitors gave themselves every chance by moving to within nine points at the interval.

However, playing up the slope in the second period, Ignatians struggled to get on the front foot and, with their defensive shape going awry, they were opened up all too easily as a rampant home side added a further five tries to the ledger.

The result ensures that Ignatians remain detached at the foot of the table and, although the result isn’t terminal, they have seven league remaining games in which to stop the rot.

Ignatians will make their third visit to west London in as many weeks on Saturday February 10 when they are required to fill their rearranged fixture against London Scottish Lions.

A full report has been published in the relevant match reports’ section.

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