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Team News: Harlequins U18s Vs Bristol Academy U18s

Published on 20th December 2012 by Tom Tainton

Bristol travel to London in RFU U18 League


Bristol Academy U18s travel to London for the second time in six days, as Mike Hall’s side face Harlequins U18s at Surrey University Sports Park, Guildford on Friday (1.30pm KO).

Bristol went down 44-38 versus London Scottish in the opening clash of the RFU Under-18 league, while Harlequins suffered a 56-7 drubbing at the hands of Saracens.

"It was obviously disappointing to come away from the Irish match with a loss but in terms of performance there were some very positive things which can be built upon for the Quins game,” said skipper Monty Reed.

“We set out with the intention of playing attractive rugby and all the players bought in to this. We were eager to run the ball from anywhere on the pitch and to keep ball in hand; scoring all six tries from our own half shows how dangerous we can be in attack.

“We made too many basic mistakes against the Exiles, which ultimately cost us the match, but as it was our first run out as a team this can be expected.

“The boys are all very excited to put right our mistakes and we have the perfect opportunity to do that on Friday.”

Backs Coach Keith Leaker added: "We were extremely proud of the way - as a squad  - we worked really hard and bought into the way we are trying to play.

“The second half against London Irish provides a real platform for the team to go out against Harlequins with a confidence and belief in their ability.

“I look forward to seeing another positive attitude in attack, this allied to the improvements the team have targeted will hopefully see an even better all round display.”

Bristol Academy U18s side to face Harlequins at Surrey Sports Park on Friday, 21 December (1.30pm KO):

Jack Hughes; Ollie Thompson, Lucas Slowik, Nick Carpenter, Chay Smith; Julian Mogg, Andy Uren; Luke Panting, Ryan Roach, Jason Puddy, Henry Ivall, Ben Charlton-Hibbert, Ellis Genge, Alex Colborne, Monty Reed (c).

Replacements: Ben Gompels, Kieran Harris, Jake Polledri, Brad Kislingbury, Alex Haynes, Adam Lambert, James Floyd.