Cents U13s narrowly miss out on festival title

St Albans Centurions' U13 team

St Albans Centurions' U13 team - Credit: Archant

St Albans Centurions U13s opened their 2015 season by coming within one try of winning the Richmond nine-a-side festival, held to open the 2015 London Junior League.

Twelve teams from in and around London were divided into three groups and the Centurions won all of their games, against Richmond Titans, Invicta Panthers and Sussex Merlins, to reach the semi-finals, where they made short work of London Skolars.

The final pitted Cents in a rematch against Sussex Merlins. The game did not go Cents’ way as, try as they might, they couldn’t cross the line in the latter stages of the game and lost by three tries to two.

After the game, coach Craig Naylor said: “I’m very, very proud of our boys who showed great leadership across the field in a team that possessed a number of players new to rugby league.

“It was a wonderful start to the season for Centurions U13s. I have to complement our players tackling which was simply outstanding against teams with much bigger packs. Our passing, handling and running was also top draw.

“All of them showed great courage, leadership and technical skill across the field and for a team that possessed a number of players new to rugby league. We should be very excited about the season ahead.

“It was a wonderful opening start to the season and this now gives us a great platform on which to build. Well done boys.”