Rugby: Year 8 Rugby Middlesex Tournament

This year we came into the U13 Middlesex tournament with high hopes and excitement of what we might be able achieve with a new coach and a new expansive way of playing.

Placed in an incredibly competitive group with all the teams around our level, our first match of the tournament was against Cardinal Wiseman. We started really well and won the match 30-0. Feeling confident we went into our second game carrying our winning momentum to then beat Orleans Park 10-5, including a last play length of the pitch score from Morgan Cowan-Fagan. We then had to play our next match back to back with the win over Orleans Park, coming up just short to lose against Hampton. A few missed tackles letting Hampton in, even after Morgan Cowan-Fagan excellence dragged us back to within five points to lose 10-15. Disappointingly, there was a discrepancy with the scores and after thinking we would be finishing the first round of matches as group winners, we were placed in the Plate having finished level on points with Orleans Park, although with a points difference of five less, meaning we finished second in the group.

Our first match in the plate league was against St Benedict’s. The weather had turned cold and we were feeling tired after the morning’s efforts and a long lunch break. We didn’t have the best start in the match, conceding two early tries, eventually losing 20-10. Again we had back to back matches, showing in the lack of tackling and hard work. Even after Joe Bessada and Tristan Mckoy-Forde’s great forward interplay, we lost 20-5 to a fast and mobile Teddington team.

We than had a long break to regain our energy and managed to win the last match against Latymer Upper, even without one of the players of the tournament Morgan for the majority of the game. We left the tournament on a pleasing high, finishing 7th overall our year 8 team are now looking forward to begin training for rugby sevens.

Ben Bartlett W3

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