A 16 player squad was selected to represent CCS at the annual county rugby festival, held at Northampton Casuals Rugby Club. Twelve schools from Northamptonshire entered the tournament including schools from Wellingborough, Kettering and from accross South Northants.
CCS were the first team to arrive and began an early warm up to focus on the challenge ahead. The team, captained by J. Tapp, were placed in a tough pool that included strong teams from Campion, Wrenn, Guilsborough and Sponne.
Confidence was highgoing into the first game and despite being 1 try down within the first minute, the team rallied and scored 3 unanswered tries to win 3 tries to 1. (Scorers;- I.Hashmi, E. Roberts and M.Sharpe). The influential captain, J.Tapp had to leave the field with an injury and the captaincy went to E Roberts who led by example throughout the rest of the tournament. The second group game was against Sponne and a very physical game it proved to be with CCS winning 2 tries to nil (Scorers:- F. McColgan, I. Hashmi). In the third group game, CCS faced Camppion; a team that they had already lost to this season. A very close game insued, with both defences on top, until C.Woodfield charged over the line from close range to score the game’s only try. With CCS now top of the group, they played a talented Guilsborough team knowing that they had already qualified for the knockout stages. A lack of concentration at the kick off led to a first minute Guilsborough try however a very strong attacking performance from both the CCS backs and forwards led to a 4 try to 1 victory. (Scorers;- C. Woodfield, I. Hashmi, E.Roberts and M. Sharpe).
Injuries began to take their toll and C.Calver was unfortunately unable to play any further part in the tournament due to a thumb injury. To remain unbeaten throughout the group stage was a very good achievement, especially as the team consisted of some players who were making their debut’s (H. Boddington and T. Whitmore) and they certainly added further strength to an already talented team. There were other stand out performances during the group stage by O.Candlin and J.Wilson who carried the ball extremely effectively over the gainline during each game. A special mention should also go to the Front Row players (N.Coles, E.Fernando, C. Calver and C Woodfield) who got through the high intensity “unseen” hard work in the Scrums, rucks and mauls throughout the tournament.
In the knockout stages, CCS faced Moulton in the Quarter Finals. The 1 try to nil scorelineto CCS was in part thanks to the excellent aggressive defence displayed by the backline, particularly from M. Sharpe and J. Thorman. J.Tapp managed to recover from his injury by the Semi Final’s where CCS were drawn to play Guilsborough in a rematch of the group game. With confidence high, CCS stormed to a deserved 2 try to nil victory with try’s from M.Sharpe and the reinvigorated J.Tapp .
EMRU Northants U12 County Rugby Final – CCS v’s Sponne.
With the light fading, CCS were faced with another re-match, this time against Sponne. Although bodies were tired, the players were determined not to fall at the final hurdle, saving their most convincing performance for the final match. Excellent defence combined with a strong running and passing game led to a 4 try to nil victory with scores from J.Tapp, C. Woodfield and also fantastic individulal scores from E. Roberts and A. Blore, who were a constant threat to the oppositions sides.
Congratulations to all of the boys involved and good luck in the East Midlands Regional Finals.