HENLEY U11s, renamed the Wolves, ran out comfortable winners at home against the Independent Schools South East Lambs, a side composed of the best school players from several counties, in a match played on the main Dry Leas pitch on Sunday.
Re-branded the Henley Wolves and sporting a specially made kit for the occasion Henley tore into their opponents from the first whistle retaining possession through the phases and moving the ball wide with a level of skill befitting the location.
Henley’s dominance up-front led to their first two tries, lock Louis Clow powering over for the first before scrum half Sander Ranson squirmed through after good work from the pack.
The Lambs came back hard but the Wolves backs were now preying on any gaps and fullback Barnaby Morris sprinted through for a third score before the visitors responded with a try by hooker William Nugent.
Any concerns that this may signal a comeback were dispelled as the Wolves moved the ball up field with good handling. Ranson took the ball from a line-out, threw a sharp dummy and scored his second. This signalled a period of dominance with Ben Page breaking three tackles to cross the whitewash and wing Luke De Costa scoring the try of the match having gathered a cross field kick to race 50 metres to the line. With only two minutes left the Lambs rallied and scored in the corner on the final whistle.
Henley Wolves U11s: Ben Doyle, Ollie Martin, Ben Page, Louis Clow, Henry Lenthall, Liam Hilditch, Sander Ranson, Finlay Lock, Conor Lambert, Joel Luckman, Dylan Straker-Grimes, Max McGee, Freddy Loveland, Luke De Costa, Barnaby Morris.