Henry Baldwin and Matt Warren In Eastern Counties Win
27 April 2012
Scrum half Henry Baldwin and flanker Matt Warren played pivotal roles in Eastern Counties U17s exhilarating victory over Middlesex at Merchant Taylor’s School. The win means that the Eastern Counties team has delivered an unprecedented series of victories and is now undefeated following wins against Hampshire and Yorkshire earlier in the season. The match was played at breakneck pace in three parts, Middlesex playing its ‘A’ Forwards and ‘B’ backs in the first part and then its ’B’ forwards and ‘A’ backs for the middle section of the game before playing its full ‘A’ side for the last part of the game. Baldwin, has broken into the U17s by virtue of his own combatative and dogged scrum half style, while Warren has spent the earlier part of the season playing for the U18s. “It was incredibly hard,” said Warren. “We had 23 players against their 35 and effectively played two teams so we were dead at the end.” Even so Eastern Counties held Middlesex to 10-10 for the first third, pushed to 36 – 20 for the middle section and ultimately won 62-55, in a game where the standard of play meant that any error was punished by forwards and backlines that were fielding potential national stars of the future. “The Middlesex fullback was only 16, but his pace meant that he was pretty deadly,” said Baldwin, though the ultimate result meant that Eastern Counties also had its share of stars. Commenting after the match Eastern Counties’ coach Simon Lord said that he could not remember an Eastern Counties U17s side winning all its fixtures. “They’re a very good team.” Good news for Baldwin and Warren as they move up to the U18s next year and potential selection for the London and South East side.
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