The coaches had given over two training sessions and with expert interpretation (Dave) to the ERU under 10’s rules we felt prepared. Everyone arrived safely on the Friday (some via Torquay) and with Matt announcing that he had negotiated the use of Brixham RFC for the final training session planned for Saturday at 11.45 there was an air of excitement at the camps entertainment hall or was that the bingo?
Training went well and was closely followed by a dad’s versus boys in football, the boys learnt several valuable lesions in that hour, and some of the mums found it too much to watch so retreated to the rugby club bar for a shandy. That evening a number of the touring party decided to indulge in local customs and with a quick check on tripadvisor we set of to the quay for fish and chips (Brixham fish bar – They were fab!).
Day of the match, a smell of cooking bacon engulfed the camp site (waffles for crusher), a quick bacon sandwich and it was time to leave in convoy towards Paignton Rugby Club. The boys looked nervous whilst watching Paignton RFC Versus St Mary’s RFC as it soon became apparent that a number of our interpretations were wrong, but a quick chat from Matt and Brian and the first game team were on! It was an excellent performance with the boys enjoying their new found freedom of picking the ball up at the breakdown and being able to rip the ball from the opposition, they enjoyed it so much a number of the boys are rumoured to sign for clubs across the bridge. The game finished 50-10 to LNRFC and too many stand out performances to mention but two tries from ‘Crusher’ has to be noted – An excellent team performance.
St Mary’s were the next opponent and again the boys stood up with excellent defence and some fantastic line breaks, this game finished 25-5 to LNRFC, a clean sweep for the boys who thoroughly deserved their applause.