Under 10's march on to Prima Cup Finals
Match Report U10s – Leicester Tigers Prima Cup 2021
The U10s travelled to Holt RFC on Sunday 21st November to take part in the qualifying tournament of the Prima Cup, an event hosted by Leicester Tigers and sponsored by Prima Solutions. The tournament first took place in 1995 and has run every year except 20-21 for obvious reasons. Each year four qualifying events are held, each in a different region, allowing 80 teams to compete for the chance to play in the finals held on the 1st XV pitch at Welford Road.
Upon arrival at Holt the team learnt that they would be facing two new opponents, Stowmarket RFC and Woodbridge RFC, alongside familiar faces from Wymondham RFC, Holt RFC, and Crusaders RFC. For the first time in their rugby career the games would also be scored with the winning team earning 5pts or 2pts if the game was drawn; parents, coaches, and players were also give a score out of 5 for how well they demonstrated the rugby values throughout the day.
First up was Holt, one of the larger teams in our age group and despite an early score by Holt the Norwich boys rallied around and scored 5 tries in response before allowing a final Holt try towards the end. Parents and coaches also behaved impeccably.
Crusaders were the next opponents and the team were well aware of the ability of the Crusaders team following a very close contest at the Wymondham festival which Norwich just edged. As expected the game was close but the superior tackling of the Norwich boys forced a number of turnovers which led to scoring opportunities for the team. Parents and coaches still doing well.
Wymondham took to the pitch for our third match and with a number of school friends wearing opposite shirts it was going to be a lively game. Wymondham started very strongly and took a 2-0 lead into half time before Norwich hit back in the second half with some excellent attacking lines overturning the Wymondham lead to finish 5-3 winners. In terms of parents and coaches we were still doing well but the arrival of Norwich ex-President Andy Ball presented an increased risk for our perfect scores!
The first of our new opponents in Stowmarket were next up. The boys had watched an earlier Stowmarket game and knew what to expect with a number of powerful runners in the Stowmarket team. A real end to end contest ensued before the boys pulled ahead in the final few minutes. Andy behaved himself.
Last up were Woodbridge who we watched put a strong Bury St Edmunds team to the sword through their strong tackling and purposeful attack. We took a 2-1 lead into half time but Woodbridge came out firing in the second half scoring two tries in quick succession. The Norwich team didn’t give up and maintained possession of the ball for over 20 phases until they broke through the middle of the Woodbridge line to score in the final seconds to earn a draw against a very good side.
A fantastic day of rugby, thoroughly enjoyed by all the boys who now had an anxious wait to see if their performances on the pitch, coupled with their attitudes (and those of the parents/coaches/ex-president) would be enough to qualify for the finals day.
On Tuesday afternoon we were given the news that we had qualified alongside Woodbridge to enter the main Cup competition against the best two teams from the other three regional qualifiers. We are waiting to see when the big day will be but the boys are all looking forward to representing Norwich RFC at Leicester and parents reported the lads were all super excited when told the news as they got home from school.
Our next goal is to secure sponsorship to provide the boys with matching kit so they can look their best when representing the club both during the Leicester Tigers 1st XV game where they are guests and during the matches themselves. If you, or someone you know is able to support the team please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.