22 members of the U14 squad travelled to Dorset at the end of the Lent term, following a season marred by cancelled matches. Playing three matches on consecutive days, the squad gained valuable experience playing some decent rugby against organised club sides.
The first match, vs Lytchett Minster, was a perfect warm-up, with a strong team performance and dominant play at every breakdown - the score 58-5.
The second, vs Bournemouth was always going to be a tough match. Bournemouth had been on a wave, unbeaten all season and a well-drilled and physical side. Again, solid team play saw a keenly contest match that saw the score at 10-12 at half time. Shrewsbury dug in during the second half, keeping control of the ball and scoring two further tries to end up at 24-12.
The third, billed as a match vs Bath and Avon RFC, turned out to be a match against the Bath Academy side, played on Bath's training ground. With a bitter wind chilling the coaches to the core, the U14s played well against a very strong, professional side. Though the vast majority of the match took place in between the two 22s, the breaks Bath made proved too strong for Shrewsbury. Final score 34-0 - in true coach's parlance, there were plenty of positives to take away and it was a very good experience to play a side that will see several professional players in years to come.
Leading point scorers - Josh Malyon (Rt) and Oliver Dixon (PH).
Shrewsbury 58 - 5 Lytchett Minster
Shrewsbury 24 - 12 Bournemouth
Shrewsbury 0 - 34 Bath RFC.