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Teague makes England Counties debut against the Elgon Warriors
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08 June, 2012 21:08
Teague makes England Counties debut against the Elgon Warriors
Friday June 8, 2012
Issued by Emma Kennedy
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Rory Teague makes England Counties debut

RORY TEAGUE, second cousin of British and Irish Lion Mike Teague, makes his England Counties debut tomorrow in what will be the squad’s most physical challenge to date.

Thirteen changes have been made for the match against the Elgon Warriors at Kyadondo Rugby Club, Kampala (1600 Ugandan time).

Only five players remain from the starting line up which beat the Ugandan Barbarians 66-13 on Tuesday. Ben Pons and Richard Boyle retain the number 7 and number 5 shirts respectively, while Steve Hamilton, Chris Briers and Billy Johnson move positions as part of the reshuffle.

Teague, who joins Blackheath next season, wins his first Counties’ cap along with soon to be team mate James Cleverly. The fly half from Gloucestershire steps up in place of Will Burton who put 26 points on the board against the Barbarians.

The Elgon Warriors squad is drawn from the best players from Kenya and Uganda as the fierce rugby rivals unite as one team. Players with East African heritage but not currently playing in the countries also feature, including flanker Daniel Adongo of the South African Blue Bulls.

The name Elgon Warriors is formed from the name of Mount Elgon, the extinct volcano on the border of the two countries, and the Warriors which the side thinks it must be to secure victory.

England Counties Head Coach, Jan Bonney said: “These changes ensure that everyone in the touring party has started a match, apart from James Linfield who is unfortunately still sidelined with injury.

“We had nine new caps against the Ugandan Warriors, which gave us the opportunity to see those players in action. We have taken their performances into account as well as drawing on players with previous Counties’ experience for the first main match.

“It is going to be a massive step up from Tuesday and we are under no illusions as to how difficult it will be. We are, however, still playing the unknown and can only prepare for that by concentrating on our own performance. We need to cut out individual errors, play our own patterns and ensure that we don’t miss tackles.

“We met the opposition at a function yesterday evening and from the stature of the players we can expect a fast and physical match. This is what touring is all about, it gives our players the opportunity to develop and test themselves in new ways.”

The match will be shown live on Supersport 9 across Africa. The England Counties play the Elgon Warriors again on Saturday 16 in Nairobi (1600 Kenyan time).

England Counties (v Elgon Warriors)

15. Peter Hodgkinson (Ealing & Cheshire)
14. Chris Briers (Fylde & Lancashire)
13. Tom Wheatcroft (Ealing & Warwickshire)
12. Steve Hamilton (Unattached & Yorkshire)
11. Phil Chesters (Ealing & Devon)
10. Rory Teague (Cinderford & Gloucestershire)
9. Harry Peck (Tynedale & Northumberland)

1. James Cleverly (Blackheath & Kent)
2. Sam Wilkes (Cinderford & Gloucestershire)
3. Craig Voisey (Moseley & North Mids)
4. Chris Wearmouth (Blaydon & Durham);
5. Richard Boyle (Newcastle Falcons & Northumberland)
6. Billy Johnson (Unattached & Hertfordshire)
7. Ben Pons (Moseley & North Mids)
8. Rob Baldwin (Wharfedale & Yorkshire)

Replacements:

16. Joe Bonner (Blackheath & Kent)
17. Jared Saunders (Saracens & Hertfordshire)
18. Gareth Rawlings (Fylde & Lancashire)
19. Dave Marwick (Stockport & Cheshire)
20. Jack Smales (Nevers & Northumberland)
21. Will Burton (Luctonians & North Mids)
22. Toby Howley-Berridge (Unattached & Eastern Counties)

 
England Counties put five tries past the Elgon Warriors
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10 June, 2012 16:01
England Counties put five tries past the Elgon Warriors
Sunday June 10, 2012
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England Counties pack down against the physical Warriors

England Counties 39 – 5 Elgon Warriors

The England Counties’ battle against the Elgon Warriors is best described by the cliché a game of two halves after they turned a narrow first half lead of 6-5 into a 39-5 victory in Kampala, Uganda.

Despite England having the majority of possession for the first 40 minutes, the Warriors were physical at the breakdown and missed chances by the men in white meant that they struggled to build phases and put points on the board.

A transformed side emerged after the break and five tries resulted from a strong performance by the forwards and fast, clinical play by the backs.

The boot of debutant Rory Teague kept England in the game up until the break. His first penalty, from just inside the Warriors’ half, was scored after eight minutes but it was the Africans who were first to cross the white wash when Benon Kiiza broke through the English defence.

Both sides continued to concede penalties which reflected the intensity of the occasion and disrupted the flow of play.

Teague added England’s additional three points on the stroke of half time to take it to 6-5 but their lead was only the result of the Warriors’ sending two earlier penalties wide.

An improved structure and patient play soon brought results for England. Chris Briers cut a great angle off the shoulder of Billy Johnson to break the line and from the resultant play the ball went wide via Tom Wheatcroft for Phil Chesters to touch down in the corner.

Man of the match, Teague added the extras and then created Chesters’ second with a cross field kick which the winger gathered to again go over in the corner.

Billy Johnson scored his second try of the tour and added England’s third. Captain, Rob Baldwin gained ground before good hands from Teague switched the ball back inside for the number six to cross the line.

Teague took the score to 25-5 and continued to control the game from fly-half. Steve Hamilton and scrum half, Harry Peck made several good breaks but it was the forwards who earned the penalty try after being camped within the 5 metre line.

With 70 minutes on the clock the Elgon Warriors had their first period of sustained second half possession but with two minutes remaining it was England who added the final points to the board. Jared Saunders drove over the line after a scrum in front of the posts and Will Burton added the extras.

Head Coach, Jan Bonney said: “Credit must go to the Elgon Warriors for their committed performance. They are a tough side and really took the game to us. In the break we talked about keeping to our patterns of play and making some technical changes, for example we were taking the ball too high into contact and against a physical opposition we were then either then making mistakes or being turned over.

“It was a fantastic environment to play in, an amazing experience. The crowd were great and the players thoroughly enjoyed it. After the match all the kids came onto the pitch and were dancing around and taking photographs. It was a memorable day for everyone involved.”

The England Counties play the Elgon Warriors again on June 16 (1600 Kenyan time) in Nairobi

Scorers: Teague 2P 3C, Johnson 1T, Chesters 2T, Pen T, Saunders 1T, Burton 1C

England Counties v Elgon Warriors (Selected from the best players across Kenya and Uganda)

15. Peter Hodgkinson (Ealing & Cheshire)
14. Chris Briers (Fylde & Lancashire)
13. Tom Wheatcroft (Ealing & Warwickshire)
12. Steve Hamilton (Unattached & Yorkshire)
11. Phil Chesters (Ealing & Devon)
10. Rory Teague (Cinderford & Gloucestershire)
9. Harry Peck (Tynedale & Northumberland)

1. James Cleverly (Blackheath & Kent)
2. Sam Wilkes (Cinderford & Gloucestershire)
3. Craig Voisey (Moseley & North Mids)
4. Chris Wearmouth (Blaydon & Durham);
5. Richard Boyle (Newcastle Falcons & Northumberland)
6. Billy Johnson (Old Albanian & Hertfordshire)
7. Ben Pons (Moseley & North Mids)
8. Rob Baldwin (Wharfedale & Yorkshire)

Reserves:

16. Joe Bonner (Blackheath & Kent)
17. Jared Saunders (Saracens & Hertfordshire)
18. Gareth Rawlings (Fylde & Lancashire)
19. Dave Marwick (Stockport & Cheshire)
20. Jack Smales (Nevers & Northumberland)
21. Will Burton (Luctonians & North Mids)
22.Toby Howley-Berridge (Unattached & Eastern Counties)


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