Our U13A and U13B rugby team recently took part in the Surrey School’s Rugby Festival hosted by Trinity at Sandilands.
This was the U13’s first fixtures of the season and the boys were very excited to be playing other schools and put into practice everything they have been working so hard on in training and Saturday internal fixtures. The A team went undefeated all day, beating teams such as Whitgift and Dulwich College who had won all their games, with the whole Trinity team looking confident in attack and dangerous in defence. The improvement shown by the boys throughout the day was a pleasure to watch and the team looked relentless against every opposition. Strong running by Zack Stringer, Ty Azugbene, Kane Reynolds, Jack Godfrey, Emmanuel Nwosu and Jacob Fasida caused opposition defences problems, combined with the outstanding game understanding and decision making led by captain Josh Gardner and vice-captain Tom Karelis, and very clever running lines and offloads from Kal-El Ntiamoah. Most improved defenders during the day who demonstrated work rate and bravery were Camillo Godoy, Tom Haynes and Tom Morrell.
The U13B team also impressed everyone at the event by being the only B team in such a high-quality event. Winning all but one of their pool games meant they finished in 2nd place in their pool and faced Whitgift As and Reigate Grammar As in the afternoon matches. All day the boys had improved under the guidance of Mr Stacpoole who was impressed with the improvements of their attacking depth, organisation and defensive power. Outstanding running from Ashan Fernandez, Ed Thomas and Josh Bell challenged every team we played against and the defensive work from Miika Mink, Rafa Rivet, Thiago Nicklin, Jasper Munns and Gabriel Fraher was superb. The team was organised and led well by Conor Woodman and Connor Richards.
The attitude, composure and decision-making shown by all the Trinity players was most pleasing for the coaches and both Trinity teams received praise and admiration from opposition coaches, referees and parents. Trinity rugby certainly has a bright future ahead in this age group!
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