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Mini Youth Senior
Sudbury 7's Report
Sudbury 7's Report
The Wildcats U13's team took 9 players to the Sudbury 7''s tournament last Sunday in high spirits and with high expectations. The conditions were perfect for our type of rugby - high pressure, hard running, intense tackling and high scoring.
Second fixture was against Sudbury who came well prepared and well drilled. The tournament hosts put in a good display but the Norwich pressing game paid dividends in forcing turnovers, stealing possession and running in tries. Final score, Norwich 7, Sudbury 2.
Straight after this and without a chance to catch our breath we got into the next game. Third fixture was our most difficult against a really enthusiastic and well organised Eton Manor. Norwich started strong with an early try after great build up play in a phase that saw almost every Norwich player get their hands on the ball, spreading play from one side of the pitch to the other, before a strong finish in the corner. Eton then scored a couple to take us to half time at 2-1 down.
An interesting dilemma, the first time we had been in a losing position at half time. The Wildcats regrouped, refocused on the successful high pressing style and got themselves back into the game with a try. Eton scored next but we came back scoring a fantastic try in the corner - again following a quick win and turnover of possession in the middle of the pitch. Final score Norwich 3, Eton Manor 3.
Fourth fixture came after a quite a long break between games and took some warming up before the tries started flowing. It was against Basildon who scored 5 tries against us with constant running and pressure and clearly never intending to give up. Norwich U13s ended with a final score of Norwich 10, Basildon 5.
The U15s had a phenomenal day at the Sudbury 7s. With a starting line up of only 8 players and with no idea of the calibre of the opposition they went into game one against Braintree with the plan to just play their best rugby, and play their best rugby was just what this intrepid team did.
A 5-0 win boosted their confidence but unfortunately with a player out injured the next 3 games were looking tough for the remaining 7 girls. Next followed a game against local rivals Crusaders where tensions ran high but some fantastic attacking play saw us take another 4-1 victory.
We then won our 3rd game against the hosts Sudbury taking us into the final game having won 3 against a very impressive looking Eton Manor side who were also undefeated. Incredibly the team won this match and their pool having only conceded a single try in all 4 matches and were into the final!
The final match was incredibly tough, Norwich were up against a second Eton Manor side who were physically impressive and strong runners. At half time we were one try a piece, and soon after Eton Manor had a try disallowed for dangerous play. Soon after, despite relentless defending in difficult circumstances Eton Manor scored again.
These girls are never ones to give up without a fight but all agreed on the decision to end the game early. This tournament showed our girls at the best and making it to the finals was a fair reflection of their teamwork, grit and skill. Well done to all of you, we were very proud of you.
With many of the U18s backs unable to make the trip to Sudbury a hardy bunch of mostly forwards stepped up to the 7s challenge. Whilst the girls didn’t get a win in their 3 games the score line didn’t reflect their effort.
Two great tries were scored under the posts and converted and importantly the coaches saw an improvement in each game played and couldn’t have asked for more from the girls. All left with smiles on their faces and continued to support their younger peers proving what great role models they are. Well done team!
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