The Yaks were lucky enough to get invited to a round robin tournament with Saracens and Bath Rugby recently. The matches were staged at Mill RUFC, in the shadow of the impressive Allianz Park main stand, with thousands of people passing as they made their way to the Aviva match between the two big names of English rugby union. Yaxley took a strong team down to North London (despite the event clashing with Mothering Sunday) but were massive underdogs. First up, they took on host club Saracens, starting brightly with three tries to nil lead at the half time interval. With fifteen minute halves and warmer weather than seasonal average, the second half was about managing the games and seeing out their allocated six tackles as far down the pitch as possible. The home side tired, seeing four more Yaks scores for an unexpected away win. The Yaks had put themselves in a strong position to win the tournament, even after one game. The fact they played their second and final match straight off against a Bath side who had been gently warming up during the Saracens game wasn’t ideal. The coaching team were quick to talk strategy with their players during the turnaround. Bath had some good early possession and the Yaks were defending their own try line for dear life. The attacking side panicked though and the ball was turned over before a length of the field score saw the deadlock broken. Another quick try meant the remainder of the first half was played out with both sides carving out good chances. Bath scored one in the corner, before another Yaxley try before half time, saw an inspirational speech from Coach Andrew Burgess about keeping possession and not making mistakes. His Yaks side held out defensively, but cut loose with the ball romping home to win 10-1 in the end. This was despite the late yellow card to Olly Watts, who spent time in the sin bin for an aggressive tackle. Across the two matches, the scores for Yaxley were, Harry Burgess, Will Burgess, George Burgess, Cameron Park, Matt Sterry and James Warrener. The final game between Bath and Saracens ended 3-2 to Saracens. The Yaks will be playing at Yaxley Fest and the Peterborough Beach and Touch tournaments in the coming weeks.
There are still plenty of spots on the squad for adults and juniors so come along to training at Yaxley 3G from 9am on Saturday mornings.