U11 ISA National Rugby Tournament Full Of Superb Play

On Friday 3 November our formidable U11 boys’ rugby team headed off to Bedford Athletic RFC to compete in the ISA U11 National Rugby Tournament. Competing against schools from all over the country and playing to new RFU guidance where the focus is on participation and equal play opportunities, the 12 teams taking part took to the field with enthusiasm and excellent spirit.

The first round matches were played in four pools and the Crackley boys took on Copthill, Finborough and Quinton House. Good team play led to a series of enjoyable games on what was a beautiful, sunny day for rugby. With pool games lasting only 12 minutes the boys had to be quick off the mark.

The team started well with a decisive 15-0 win against Copthill, however in their second match, despite some productive rugby, the boys failed to get a try and went down 10-0 to the eventual tournament winners Finborough. The team refocused and played very well to win the final pool game against Quinton House 30-0.

The second round saw the teams playing against the similarly ranked squads from the other pools. This time Crackley was pitted against Rushmoor and won convincingly 20-0. Their second match, however, proved to be a bruising final against a strong Littlegarth side that finished with a score line of 10-5.

Assistant Head Co-Curricular, James Ferris, commented, “The boys played superbly all day and were unlucky to come second best to a very physical Littlegarth side in the final. With more practise of re-aligning in attack, I am sure the boys will be more successful as the season continues.”

All the Crackley boys played outstandingly from the first to the last game but man of the match was awarded to Jamie Phillips for his dynamic running and turnovers.