Rugby: Reports for Epping Youth and Mini Teams

Rugby / Wed 27th Sep 2023 at 01:08pm

Sunday 24th September


The Nuclear Nines were at home welcoming Wanstead. 

The team picked up where they left off last week with some lovely passages of play, great attitude, respect and teamwork.

The team was split into two teams.

Team A coached by Jim and Matt showed great tackling, running and passing. Shout out to Gerhardt for his tackling, and Rhys for his running and tackling and Sean for a great solo try. Player of the match goes to Logan for his attack, in particular great running onto the ball at pace which was the next step up! Every player did very well.

Team B coached by Alex and Jamie again showed great teamwork. Shout out to Sam for an amazing solo try. Player of match goes to Leo for both attack and defence! Everyone contributed so well to the team.

Go Nuclear Nines!!


The first game of the season for the our U10’s went very well. Although we lost we held our own and more than anything it showed how our boys have listened to their coaches and taken onboard all they have learnt coming up to the start of season. We have several new players who have never played rugby and have got stuck in straight away not shying away from any contact. There is of course always room for improvement and tweaks that need to be made but an excellent start to the season. Congratulations George Young for player of the match. George has never played rugby and only had one training session before the match. Your tackles were brilliant!

Player of the match George Young

Upminster Festival 10am on 31st of October


Epping vs Wanstead (won)

It was agreed that the match be played over 4 quarters of 15 mins per quarter. Epping turned out with a strong squad and took the game to Wanstead from the kick off. 

Early points on the board by Epping set the standard for a high energy match which quickly became a genuine spectacle for those in attendance, resulting in a try bonanza for the Epping players. 

Epping displayed good standards of technique in their execution of ball handling, scrummaging and discipline which allowed for a flowing game and several good quality tries were produced by the home team which eventually ran into double figures. 

Epping managed to defend their lines well and kept Wanstead from crossing the white wash even once. Congratulations and a big pat on the back to all the Epping players for keeping the tempo high throughout the game and scoring a record number of tries. 

It would be fair to say that Wanstead were not perturbed by the high try count and displayed resilience and a positive attitude til the end. 

Well done to Epping for their victory and well done to Wanstead for their resilience shown in defeat. 

We look forward to the Upminster Festival
on Sunday 1st October @ 1000hrs


Second home game on a bounce against SWF, both teams started well some good passages of play great tackles from both sides, Epping started the scoring with a well moved line out drill quick pass for Epping to power they way through to get the first score of the game, the game started to open up a little bit SWF defending well only to be undone but a cleaver kick to the winger to score in the corner, conversion slotted,shortly after the re start our outside center made an amazing break running from almost his own 22 to score try converted another great break from our winger running passed a couple to score try converted half time 

Second half SWF sprit did not drop and some good passages of play made Epping work to retain the ball back once Epping regained possession and nice hands our 2nd row busted through from half way to score trie converted, with the game almost at an end Epping winger went on the attack again a scoring under the posts trie converted, Epping winning and not conceding a point also showing great work rate and effort keep this up boys. 

Would like to wish good luck to Jake who has trials with Scotland this Sunday, 
Also a massive well done to one of our team members who played with his own age group and scored 5 tries Oakley, 
Also thanks to Lenny, new sid, Devon who all played out of position and did amazingly and helped the team out. 

Home game against Saracens amateurs 11 o’clock kickoff

New players always welcome


Friendly with Brancroft Barbarians
Draw – 22-22

Epping to kick off, the first ten minuites was a battle of the forwards. Bancroft then got the ball out to the backs and they used their pace to get through and scored the first try.No conversion. Bancrofts then used the same move to get their second try and again no conversion. Epping then put Bancrofts under pressure and the half time score stayed at 10-0.

Second half
Bancroft kicked off and put Epping under pressure for the start only to score another try and conversion within the first 5 minutes. 17-0. Epping had a team talk and put their heads together – it only took 3 minutes for Epping to score with a quick run from Thomas M who then converted.17-7. Bancrofts took advantage of Epping who were still buzzing from getting their first try of the season and slipped one passed Epping again. 22-7. Again Epping held their heads high and got back into the game. The forwards then dominated and kept putting Bancroft under pressure which in-turn allowed Epping to score another 3 try’s by Ben T. The backs held Bancroft up when ever the ball came out to their backs. The final score was 22-22. A great come back.

Man of the Match went to both Ben and Max.

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