LRU County Festival Finals 31.3.2019 – U9s

On Sunday 31st March the Oadby Wyggs U9s travelled to Melton Mowbray to take part in the Leicestershire Rugby Union Finals Festival. Spirits and expectations were high in anticipation of a round of entertaining and challenging matches against some of the best competition in the area.

The first match found the team taking on South Leicester. A very quick try by Reuben set the tone for this match. Showing early signs  of excellent teamwork and super handling of the ball, the Wyggs dominated the game. Some great tackling by Matthew, Jack and  Seva and superb running by Evan contributed to a fantastic opening result of 8-1 with further tries from Reuben, Evan and Seva. Some resistance from South Leicester was met by some excellent work by Thomas and Harry and for the second half the ball remained firmly in the South Leicester half.

Unfortunately after this first game, Matthew, who had been feeling unwell from the start, had to retire from the matches to rest.

Taking the confidence from this super start into the next match, the Wyggs took on Ashby A. Expecting some stiffer competition, the team worked hard from the off with some great possession and passing with fantastic supporting movement. Super team efforts led to tries from Seva to even Ashby’s early lead. After showing some persistent pushing forward and fine passing, Thomas scored a fine try and, with continued pressure, great defending and aggressive attacking, the team won by 5 tries to 3.

Leicester Forest were the next opponents and from previous encounters, the team knew this would be a challenging and well matched competition. A game full of excellent defensive work, particularly from Laurie and Jack, a large amount of pressure in attack, including some great runs from Leo, and some very tight battling between the two sides followed in a really entertaining encounter. Long spells of possession with super passing by Harry, Jack and Laurie led to Ewan finding some width to score a great try. Further tries from Harry and Seva with some brilliant tackling by Ewan led to a final score of 3 all.

Undefeated, the team went into their final match looking to maintain their record against Syston B. Pressure from the opponents led to some fine defensive play by Jack, Laurie, Ewan and Leo. First half tries by Reuben, Thomas and Evan took the team to a strong half-time position.  Early in the second half, Laurie took a knock on his shoulder but bravely recovered as some fantastic tackling from Ewan, Seva and Harry kept Syston’s attack at bay. With a sudden burst, Leo scored a great try and this was followed by a fantastic run with some excellent twists and turns through the defence by Evan to score. As the final moments approached, a great run from Evan and a pass to Reuben who drove through the Syston defence led to an incredible off-load to Thomas for a wonderful try. This brought the game to 6-4 and a well deserved final win for the Wyggs.

Overall, it was a fantastic afternoon of excellent rugby by the U9s. Every player gave 100% in a brilliant team performance that evidenced not only the growing confidence of the team but also their developing skills and tactical thinking. Thanks to coaches Mark, Raonull, Chris and Dave for all their coaching and to Gaëlle for the team management.

Adrian Manning