Upton RFC U14s -v- Newent RFC U14s
Sunday 8th October 2023
Score: Upton U14s 13 – 12 Newent U14s
An even contest down to the wire.
The team’s second match of the season and another home game for Upton on a sunny October morning. Newent pushed Upton hard in the first 20 minutes, making camp in our 22 and a try seemed inevitable. But Upton, with a large group of players unavailable, gradually forced their way out and Jack did well to put in some great clearances. Upton eventually found themselves in the opposition 22 and made the most of a mistake from Newent to allow Jack to slot a penalty though and against the run of play make it 3-0 to Upton. This seemed to galvanise Upton and our forwards won back to back scrums against the head. Eventually Oscar Denley broke through a determined defence to make it 8-0, Jack unfortunately missed the conversion, but Upton were finding momentum and Dan Wicks, playing at flyhalf, really started to open up the attack. Upton had a few boys in irregular positions due to the injury list, but Oliver usually playing in the scrum really stepped up at 13, making some hard hits and lovely runs. Another was Bryan playing in his first match for Upton he was everywhere and very unlucky not to score a try, but his tackling and rucking were an exciting look at the depth we have in the U14s.
Oscar D was unlucky not to score a second try dropping just short and the pack were held up to keep this a very tight game, eventually Okami spun and jinked his way through a crowded defence to score out wide. Jack missed the conversion, but Upton seemed to be on a roll! But Newent had other ideas and ran in two great tries from their own half leaving our defence bewildered, the first of the tries was comfortably converted but in the dying seconds of the match Newent pulled their conversion wide and the final whistle was drowned out by the cheers from the relieved Upton lads. This was a hard fought game against a team we haven’t played before, Newent fought hard right up to the last minute with no replacements and a few injuries they really pushed Upton.
Upton RFC U14s -v- Tewkesbury RFC U14s
Sunday 1st October 2023
Score: Upton RFC U14s 40 – 0 Tewkesbury RFC U14s
A solid performance.
The first match of the season got off to a flyer, playing at home and with a great turn out from the boys. Upton U14’s scored a try in the first minute of the match, Max powered through the opposition for the first 5 points, which he quickly turned into 7 by converting his own try. Oscar Denley added a further five points with another successful conversion from Max. Upton were picking up momentum and have a formidable pack, driving Tewkesbury back in the scrum and rucks, eventually being rewarded for some very powerful play to see Oscar Green drive through under the posts and yet again Max stepped up to slot a further 2 points. Tewkesbury suffered some difficult injuries and half time was a welcome break for both teams.
The second half carried on where the first half left off, Upton’s replacements stepped up and continued to take the fight to Tewkesbury. Once again reward for their hard work with another two tries by Max which he converted to make it 35-0.
The last quarter and Tewkesbury didn’t back off, taking it to Upton and pushing hard for a score, but against the turn of play Cole darted over to make it 40-0. Teddy stepped up for the conversion, but it drifted wide. Tewkesbury then threw everything at Upton, but the boys should be proud of a solid and tireless defence to walk away with a clean sheet. The score didn’t reflect the hard work and dedication Tewkesbury put into the match, we look forward to the rematch.
Upton U16s-v- Kings Norton U16s
Sunday 23rd April 2023
A great way to finish the Under 16s 2022/23 season, a nail biting 19-17 win in a very even game away at Kings Norton.
It was great to get ahead early, but even at 19-0 it never felt like we were safe. The second half was very tight…definitely the most pleasing element was the effort & desire from the boys to hold on at the end and earn the defensive turnover with the last play.
It was great to play a team we hadn’t played before, and it to be in a really even game, and even better to come out the right side of a tight result!
Thanks as always to the support on the side-lines, you could really hear & feel it in a tight game 👏🏻
Under 16s Head Coach, Owain Jugessur
Upton RFC U10s -v- Worcester RFC U10s
Sunday 23rd April 2023
Score: Not recorded
The final game of the 2022-23 season was played in the shadow of the famous Sixways stadium against Worcester RFC.
The Upton team has developed and learned a lot this season and the players’ performances showed signs of real quality, understanding and determination.
After struggling in the first 15 minutes to get into the game the boys settled into their stride and by combining some terrifically resolute defending with electric pace and power on the break, they clawed back the early deficit and in the final third of the game they moved fully into the ascendency.
What was most heartening was that all players contributed to the victory. Rupert and Jasper scored their first tries; Louis, Max, Ted and Euan also crossed the line… the latter twinkle-toed pair on multiple occasions. In defence the tackling was tigerish, bullish and feverish from all and several times the boys in black and white held Worcester up on the line and repelling them at every turn, drawing raptures of applause from admiring parents and coaches.
Although the exact score was unrecorded, it’s doubtless that Upton won the game. with both sides in double figures. A worthy victory from a team that has grown in strength and resilience throughout the season finishing on a high ready to take on the next season!
Upton U14s -v- Tewkesbury Tigers U14s
Friday 10th February 2023
Score: Upton U14 39 – 10 Tewkesbury Tigers U14
Upton U16-v- Old Halesonians U16
North Midlands Junior Plate Quarter Final, Under 16
Sunday 29th January 2023
Score: Upton U16 31 – 10 Old Halesonians U16
Upton U16’s were drawn against Old Halesonians U16 at home in the Quarter Final of the North Midlands Junior plate.
After an extended break without a fixture due to flooding and frozen pitches, Upton hosted Old Halesonians on what turned out to be a great Sunday morning of Rugby.
In an evenly contested first half, Upton went into the break 14-5 ahead, after tries by scrum half Adam Nions and centre Dylan Tame. Both converted by Lewis Jugessur.
In the second half, Upton built a commanding lead with three more tries by Ollie Dobbin, Callum Letties and Jed Daffin, with one further conversion by Lewis Jugessur.
To their credit Old Halesonians kept pushing and managed to score an unconverted try with the last play of the game to give a final score of 31-10 to Upton.
From an Upton perspective it was really positive morning – with a squad of 19 players available, every single player had an integral part to play in the game and win, it was a real ‘team’ performance.
Old Halesonians were a pleasure to host, their players and coaches were a credit to their club – we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season.
Upton now progress to the plate Semi-finals, details to follow once the fixture has been scheduled.
Upton U13s-v- Old Pats (Friday night floodlit match)
Friday 2nd December 2022 (change date here accordingly)
1-1 Max McLeod – A run from your own 22 is never sniffed at, how this man managed to stay on his feet the entire time I will never know.
2-1 Max McLeod – A Quick penalty 5 metres out saw the captain knock over two opposition players to score a screamer of a try.
3-2 Oscar Green – After putting in a massive hit on an opposition and dislodging the ball, Oscar followed up with a great ball pickup and stormed over the line.
4-2 Max McLeod – Another quick penalty and Max soared over the try line before the opposition knew what hit them.
5-5 Noah Walker – A beautiful piece of play saw the ball come to Noah, as we were screaming for him to pass, he ran over 2 opposition as if they weren’t there to score the equalling try.
- Oscar Green – He is a dynamic forward, fast, strong and ruthless in the contact area, he really showed us what he was about in this game.
- Will Bond – Good Support runs and had a great shift on the wing.
- Joe Rees – So strong on the ball, you could see the fear in the oppositions eyes as he ran like a steam train.
- Noah Walker – As a new player this season Noah has stood out as a real powerhouse, He doesn’t miss tackles, he always runs hard and he has the game sense of a true rugby player.
- Max McLeod – As captain he really stepped up his game, never a dull moment with ball in hand, playing as if he was 10 years older, tries to prove his effort and tenacity for the team. Excellent game.
- Archie Holmes – Moving from Prop to hooker we saw this lad shine, really forms an impeccable front row.
- Will Simons – Cracking defence and ran like the flash down the wings.
- Tom Simons – This lad could tackle a bison; his game was faultless.
- Cole Thompson-Rone – Stayed on for practically the entire game as we didn’t want to lose his scrum half ability, outstanding ability to control the game with linking the forwards and backs.
- Kerem Selcuk – When Kerem came on in the second half, his presence was noted by the oppositions, on several occasions we witnessed him clearing out 3 guys from a ruck on his own accord.
- Ibrahim Zafar – Every time this lad had the ball there is wake of destruction following behind.
- Szymon Adamowski – New this season, Szymon has really left his mark, this game truly showed how much of a powerhouse he can be.
- Robert Morrissey – Robert has moved from the backs this season into the forwards, and in this game we can see why. He can prop, tackle and clear out rucks like a snow plough. Best game we have ever seen Robert play.
- Ollie Chilvers – Blink and you’ll miss him, his lightning feet saw him step most defenders every time he caught the ball.
- Teddy Philips – Genuinely faultless game, made several desperate tackles, he ran lines only seen on at much higher levels and his game sense is exquisite, unfortunate to see him come off injured.
- Jack Percival – Aggressive in attack and great technique in defence, shame for him come off injured.
- Owen Attwood – True leader of the forwards, cracking strength in the scrum, absolute unit with ball in hand, I often saw 2 or 3 people hanging off his shoulders.
- Okami – Okami has only played a couple games for us so far this season and his impact was immediately noticed, in this game he never slipped a tackle and with ball in hand is a side-stepping monster.
- Dan Wicks – Dan has only played a couple games for us so far this season, you wouldn’t believe it watching him though, he tackled like a truck and ran like a bat out of hell. Can’t wait to see how he improves in the future.
- Szymon Adamowski
- Oscar Green
- Owen Attwood
- Ibrahim Zafar
- Tom Simons
- Joe Rees
- Cole Thompson-Rone
- Max McLeod
- Will Simons
- Noah Walker
- Jack Percival
- Teddy Philips
- Archie Holmes
- Robert Morrissey
- Kerem Selcuk
- Ollie Chilvers
- Will Bond
Bredon Under 16s -v- Upton Under 16s
Sunday 13th November 2022
Score: Bredon Star U16 31 – 0 Upton U16
Upton U16’s played Bredon Star U16’s in the North Midlands Youth Cup
Upton were handed a tough draw, being drawn against last year’s beaten Cup finalists Bredon.
A battling & physical performance by Upton, they matched a very good Bredon side for long periods of the game. But in the end, the superior accuracy of the Bredon side meant they deservedly came out on top, scoring some very well constructed tries. But the Upton team can be proud of their performance, both individually and collectively, fronting up to make it as tough as possible for Bredon, and keeping going until the final whistle.
Upton will now enter the North Mids Youth Plate Competition, with a home draw vs Oswestry in the preliminary round. Details to follow once the fixture has been scheduled. Good luck to Bredon in the next round of the Cup competition.
Upton Under 12s -v- Malvern Under 12s
Friday 11th November 2022
Upton Under 12s took on Malvern under floodlights as part of a series of Junior Friday night floodlit games raising funds for the Under 14s and Under 16s forthcoming tour to Holland.
It was the first Friday night game for the Under 12s who put their all into the game against local club Malvern RFC.
With a crew of volunteers manning (and womanning!) the bar an BBQ a fun night was had by all.
Well done to the Under 12s!