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Adams' reward for twelve wins in a row is tough clash with Northampton

Adams Grammar School recorded their 12th straight win by beating Bishop of  Hereford Blue Coat School 36-10 in the 5th round of the U15 Cup.  

The Shropshire side went ahead in the first minute with an Oliver Claxton penalty. 

Hereford re-started long and were sent back down into their own half  by a Michael Walsh clearance. 

No 8 Stephen Byrne stole the line out and began  a series of forward drives, resulting in a superb Chirs Smith off-load that  sent t George Osbourn over the line.

Claxton duly converted. to make it 10-0. Adams failed to read the switched kick off and were lucky to get away with a  scrum five metres out. 

The Adams' put-in was adjudged crooked and the Hereford scrum half tapped and dived over for an unconverted try.  

The Adams pack swarmed under another towering Claxton kick off and after a clever switch of play, Aquile Smith powered over from stand off. Claxton converted to secure a 17 - 5 lead at  half time.

Hereford came back strongly and began to put some phases together, finishing  with a probing kick to touch, five metres from the Adams line.

Adams' right  winger, Mo Abdu, attempted a quick throw-in but it  was intercepted by the ever vigilant Hereford scrum half who dotted down unopposed in the corner. Unconverted, 17 - 10.

Following a captain's address behind their own posts, the Adams pack once again  caused havoc at the re-start and after a series of strong drives and off-loads,  captain Callum Perry crashed over in the corner. Unconverted, 22 - 10.     

The Hereford re-start was again expertly dealt with and Adams cleared their lines with another well-drilled move. 

Another Byrne's steal at the line-out saw Andrew Day and Duncan Morrison combine to send Claxton under the posts.  29-10.  

At the next re-start, Chris Smith was sent behind his own posts for a moment of  'youthful exuberance', leaving captain Perry to step in at tight head prop.  

Hereford made good use of the one-man advantage and created several overlaps but  strong cover defence from the ever improving Jack Baxter meant that the final  pass never went to hand. 

In the final 10 minutes, Hereford threw caution to the wind and were turned over  in their 22. 

Clever interplay between Aqu Smith and Claxton gave Morrison a  try which was converted by Claxton. 

Adams face a massive challenge in the last 32 against Northampton School for  Boys, who beat Bishop Vesey's 20-3, but have home advantage again.   

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