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Premiership Rugby Under-18 Academy Competition: Round Two wrap

Worcester Warriors have won two from two in this year’s Academy U18 competition and coach Gordon Ross admits confidence is high in his troops.

Last weekend’s second round of games saw the Warriors claim a 22-12 win over Leicester Tigers at Oval Park.

Stan Maine was the first to touch down before James Page crossed and three successful kicks from Jamie Shillcock made it 17-0 at half-time.

Sam Yawayawa got Leicester back into the game just before the break and Fred Tuilagi touched down in the second period to put just five points between the sides, but Ted Hill went over to seal victory for Warriors.

Warriors U18s face Gloucester Rugby at Luctonians RFC next Saturday in their third league match of the Northern Conference – the Cherry & Whites beat Yorkshire Carnegie 42-5 last weekend.

And Warriors Academy Backs Development Coach Ross said: "Our energy and physicality were great. We outmuscled a very physical team with an excellent mauling game, backed up by some strong kicking from our half-backs.

"We're very confident after two wins and looking forward to a local derby next week."

Also sitting pretty with two wins from two are London Irish after a 17-15 win over Wasps at Maidenhead RFC.

The young Exiles raced into an early lead that they didn't relinquish despite having to defend for long periods towards the end of the match. 

Connor Hayhow and Sam Evans scored the early tries for Irish and despite a Wasps fightback – captain Matt Kouris scored the Exiles’ third and they held on in the face of heavy pressure to claim victory.

London Irish Academy Coach, Paul Hodgson, said: "We really defended our try line well in the last 15 minutes when our boys were under the cosh they showed true spirit and character and it was testament to every individual. We got out of the blocks exceptionally well and scored two of the better tries you will see and that was really pleasing."

Nick Kennedy's side will now prepare for the local derby against Harlequins in round three.

Quins lost out to Bath Rugby last weekend in a 22-14 defeat while elsewhere Exeter Chiefs claimed a 34-24 win over Bristol and Newcastle Falcons lost 16-0 at home to Sale Sharks.  
 
Wasps 15-17 London Irish
Exeter Chiefs 34-24 Bristol
Leicester Tigers 12-22 Worcester Warriors
Gloucester Rugby 42-5 Yorkshire Carnegie
Newcastle Falcons 0-16 Sale Sharks
Bath Rugby 22-14 Harlequins

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