With Swing Low Sweet Chariot still ringing in their ears from England’s recent Grand Slam success in the Six Nations, and their own fresh succsess in the Wiltshire Cup Final, 19 boys along with 23 parents and siblings from Corsham RFC under 13’s arrived in Brixham South Devon on Good Friday, ready to undertake their Easter rugby tour of 2016. For many it was their first time away on such a tour, and all were eagerly looking forward to some good rugby over the two days.
Saturday morning arrived along with the first game against Paignton RFC U13’s on a mud soaked pitch courtesy of the advance weather conditions of Storm Katie. But not to be deterred and geared up by the coaching staff, club presentations were exchanged by team captains and the match kicked off to a thunderesh cheer from both sets of parents.
Some good, exiting rugby from both sides saw Corsham take the lead, which they carried forward to half time with the score standing at 12-0 in the visitors favour.
The second half was just as hard fought by both sets of young players, and it was remarked by Paignton coaches that the Corsham passing game was as close to the All Blacks style of play anyone had seen from boys of that age, high praise indeed for young rugby fanatics. The final score saw Corsham taking the spoils and ending in a 19-0 win.
The obligatory get together for both playing squad and adults took place on the Saturday evening with head coach Jonny Gould taking the prize for donning the most ‘Wackiest Wig’ and young scum half Joe Swain taking the junior title.
Day two saw the young touring side as visitors this time of Brixham RFC. With Storm Katie getting closer both teams not only had to battle it out against each other over 50 mins of first class rugby, but also against some driving wind, rain and hail stones towards the end of the first half, which arrived with Corsham once again having the lead. Bright sunshine greeted the teams as they emerged for the second half as Corsham quickly built on their first half performance, with their dominance in the scrum being the telling factor and going on to finish triumphant winners 52-0. A score that to Brixham’s credit does not tell the full story.
The idea of the tour organised by Dave Lamb, Cath and Shannon Lawton, parents and sister of Tight Head Prop Lewis, was for the young Corsham side to play some good rugby, enhance their already amazing team spirit, whilst cementing early rugby memories in the banks of the young players that they could take forward with them into their future rugby years and look back on with joy. Seeing the smiles on their muddy faces at the end of each game, I think we achieved that.
Thanks to Paignton RFC and Brixham RFC for their superb hospitality.
Written by Dave Lamb (Corsham RFC U13’S Tour Manager)