Well that is a journey and a half for an hour of rugby....
The day started really well with the sun out and everyone arriving as planned ahead of the 2x 30 minute matches. It was going to be a winner takes all fixture, so with any chance of taking the Eastern Counties Champions crown we needed to beat both teams.
The lads started well with some excellent exchanges and the dry conditions allowed good expansive rugby from both teams. Bury playing a much more traditional style of round the corner rugby, whereas we took the view that a coast to coast style would eventually create openings around the edges. Both teams found some success with their approaches, mainly due to missed tackles and some soft work at the breakdown by SW and an excellent scramble defence from Bury out wide to thwart our attacks. Bury eventually broke the deadlock and secured their second win of the day having already beaten NW in the earlier match.
Game 2 saw two sides that needed to win to get back in the contest. NW started strongly with a similar style to us, they had speed and physicality throughout as did we. The contest was very tight with a try for NW then for us, then again for NW, followed soon after by us again. The score remained at 12-12 for most of the second half until a gap in our midfield defence saw the lightening quick NW player escape and score under the posts to take the win.
An excellent lesson for the lads today. The best two opposition teams we have played this season. Lots of player led development. We have the basis of a group of outstanding players. With better attendance at training and more player driven development, we would be winning these games and setting the standards of U15 rugby. Well done to Bury for winning the EC crown and thank you to North Walsham RFC for hosting the finals and giving us a great game.
Enjoy your summer away from rugby guys, play some cricket, golf, hockey or what ever you enjoy doing and come back in August for pre season refreshed and ready to build again in the U16's age-group... Exciting times ahead.