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    Posted: 19 November 2014 at 9:41pm

Another great win for the Scarlets under 18s tonight against a strong,committed Dragons team who included players who have appeared in the Dragons senior Xv .

Wing Kieran Jones with two well taken tries put the Scarlets in front but a magnificent performance by Captain and Number 8 Josh Macleod secured the Third bonus point win a week for his team .

Macleod his a rare talent a big athletic quick forward ,who tackles and his superb at the breakdown ,quite simply the best back row prospect I have seen come through the Scarlets system since Scott Quinnell .

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lofty evans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2014 at 10:17pm
Cheers for the update mate. The next Scotty Q.....exciting.
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Tonight's game wasn't a particularly great game with some basic skills lacking at times, but the win was important.
I think a certain Tom Phillips may have something to say about being a back row prospect, a little too soon to eulogise about McLeod to that degree!
That said he was the most impressive of all the Academy members tonight.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 157cb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2014 at 10:15am
Originally posted by Hendre Hendre wrote:

Tonight's game wasn't a particularly great game with some basic skills lacking at times, but the win was important.
I think a certain Tom Phillips may have something to say about being a back row prospect, a little too soon to eulogise about McLeod to that degree!
That said he was the most impressive of all the Academy members tonight.


Hendre I agree with Tom Phillips the lad as a big future ,Josh Middleton and Shaun Evans are also very talented back row forwards a shame there injured long term .

With regards Josh Macleod its very rare you see such a young man who as the complete skill set and a leader,carries with power and pace tackles and fantastic at the breakdown and fantastic hands .Josh may well end up on the openside ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hendre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2014 at 11:38am
Yes, not a bad shout. Tom Phillips and Josh McLeod could both very well find themselves featuring together in the Scarlets back row at some point in the future! Shaun Evans has a great engine and is very committed though size may be an issue for him in the future, given that size seems to have more precedence over skills!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Iwlew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2014 at 12:59pm
Another solid win against the Dragons. Stars for the future in that team.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote haydn_davies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2014 at 10:19pm
Any tidy locks in the U18's?

It's been an area we've struggled to develop our own in TBH.
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Not really, one of the 2nd rows is a back rower being played out of position. Having said that it I haven't seen any second rows from any of the regional U18 teams who have really stood out this season or last.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ffidel Bennett Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2014 at 11:04pm
So, we already know that the second row is an area where we will eventually have to spend some money on outside players (and that it is vitally important to keep Jake Ball and the S.Africans).
Let's start looking now, not just at established second rows but any big, physical, intelligent, athletic youngster, who we may be able to tempt with a scholarship to Llandovery or elsewhere and mould into the players we will need. We did something similar with Rhodri Jones and George North, although, at the time mid and north Wales were part of the Scarlets region.   
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