Friday, December 2, 2022

Rugby: Thurrock U-13 get to final at Westcliff Festival

Thurrock RFC Under 13s at Westcliff U13 Festival 

On Sunday TRFC Under 13s travelled to Westcliff for their Under 13 Festival. They were in a pool with 2 other teams in the top league as well as an invitational side in London Irish, so a hard competitive group.

Pool C Games

Thurrock’s first pool game was against Basildon, whom they had beaten a few weeks earlier in their season opener. Similarly to the friendly match Thurrock tore into the Basildon forwards driving them back allowing scrum half Kodie to dive over from short range for the opening score. Again from the kick off,

Thurrock’s forwards terrorised Basildon and from a lineout Kodie was able to dart under the Basildon radar for his & Thurrock’s second. Just before half time, the forwards again bullied their way up to the Basildon line, and Brendan bustled his way over for Thurrock’s third.

Similar to the friendly match, Thurrock seemed to switch off after the break, and Basildon, through their speedy centre scored 2 quick fire tries to threaten Thurrock’s lead, but some settling down and sturdy defence quelled the Basildon fight back, and further attacking flair allowed Harry to score Thurrock’s 4th and decisive try.

Thurrock U13s 20 – 10 Basildon U13s

Thurrock’s next game was against a very well drilled Chelmsford team. Some fantastic defensive work suppressed Chelmsford’s attacking onus, and a Thurrock fight back saw Thurrock’s captain, Brendan, power over for the only try of the first half. The second half was as cagey as the first and some fine tackling, particularly a try saving tackle from Alfie B, kept out the Chelmsford offense. Not only did Thurrock shut them out, but they were able to launch another attack, and from an attacking ruck, Brendan drop over the line for Thurrock’s second and concluding try.

Thurrock U13s 10 – 0 Chelmsford U13s

Tries: Brendan Lynas (2)

Thurrock’s last pool game was against London Irish, a team of very highly talented youngsters. Thurrock battled well against their very well disciplined counter parts but the Thurrock team succumbed, 7 tries to nil, however they held their heads high, knowing they gave this team a game, but also qualified in second place in their pool – into the plate competition.

Thurrock U13s 0 – 35 London Irish U13s

Tries: 7no

Plate Semi Final

Thurrock’s opponents in the semi final of the plate competition was Old Dartfordians, who were unbeaten in the pool stages, beating Upminster, Brentwood and a final draw against Colchester edged them into second place on try count back.

Thurrock’s forwards again tried to keep the game in close quarters, but their rivals were very good in the set pieces, but from their own scrum, Kodie sniped through the Old D’s defence to score the opening try of the game. Thurrock held onto their lead through half time, and further to that, capitalised on a defensive error by Old D’s back 3, allowed Alfie B to sprint clear and score Thurrock’s second try. A fantastic defensive display by Thurrock kept Old D out until the very last play when they created an overlap to score a consolation try, but Thurrock were through to the Final of the Plate Competition, in a very hard fought Festival.

Thurrock U13s 10 – 0 Old Dartfordians U13s

Tries: Kodie Holloway 1no.
Alfie Bailey

Plate Final

Thurrock’s opponents in the final of the plate competition was Romford, who came through their pool, beating Woodford & Dagenham, but tasted defeat against Cup Finalists Blackheath, before beating Aylesbury in their Semi Final.

Despite some valiant efforts in defence and attack, the Final was a step too far for the Thurrock boys, depleted by a couple of injuries, they succumbed to the dominant Romford team who ran out winners 5 tries to nil.

This was a great run out for the squad, which enabled some rotation within the team with some of the newer players trying different positions, and it also gave the coaching staff a view on players’ aptitude and ability

Thurrock U13s have a cup game next weekend travelling to Woodford on 13th October.


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