Thornbury Under 16's Win Combination Cup In Spectacular Style

Guy Salmon Land Rover Bristol sponsored Rugby Team, Thornbury under 16's make Club History winning the Bristol Combination Cup in spectacular style.

Thornbury's dazzling display at Cribbs Causeway on Sunday, in the final of the Bristol Junior Combination Cup against Walcot, underlined their status as one of the best, if not the best, under-16s side in the region.

Walcot arrived at Station Road boasting a similar record to that of Thornbury. The Bath-based outfit had only previously lost once this season, and, on paper, were a match for Thorns.

By the time the game kicked-off at 2.30pm, four games had taken place on the pitch in the previous 24 hours, and the surface was as bad as it's ever been. The rain lashed down and the wind was so strong that, at times, it looked as though the floodlights might get blow over.

But even though Thornbury faced arguably their strongest opponent, and were forced to play in atrocious weather conditions on a surface that resembled a ploughed field, they still managed to produce a spectacular all-court game, rattling up eight fantastic tries in the process.

Thornbury's support play, speed of ball from the ruck, handling skills and decision making were of the highest order, and a copy of the match DVD would serve as a valuable example of rugby in its purest form.

Playing down the slope and with the wind at their backs, Walcot dominated early possession and territory, but Thornbury were just as well organised and committed without the ball, and never really looked like conceding a try in the opening exchanges.

Walcot, too, tackled aggressively, but struggled to regroup in defence before the next wave of attackers rained down on them. Thornbury led 17-0 at the turnaround, thanks to a brace of tries from wing Jack Anderson and one from flanker Harry Tarling – Red Lloyd added one conversion.

Thorns really hit their straps after the break, running in five more tries. Tarling went over for his second, while the impressive Anderson rounded off his hat-trick. Full-back Charlie Powell raced the length of the field to score his try, with Louis Ogilvie and Henry Hayatt finishing off multi-phase handling moves for their five-pointers. Jake Wood added four conversions to bring up the half century. Walcot, to their credit, battled until the end and got a consolation try from Jack Bates, converted by Billy White.

(Bristol Post)

Thornbury head coach Quentin Jackson said: "We're all extremely proud of this team. They really play for each other and have a great attitude. It's our aim to keep these lads together and, hopefully, play under-17s rugby next season, but that's for another time.

"We try to give the lads a framework to play with, then leave them to it. We scored some wonderful tries in terrible conditions."

Guy Salmon Land Rover Head of Business Simon Crane said: "What an outstanding performance. Everyone at Guy Salmon Land Rover and Sytner congratulates you on the epic 50 - 7 win, not to mention the previous victory's earlier on in the season. I am sure we will see some of these lads representing the nation one day".