St Andrews Under 14s won a prestigious title at the home of Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
As a late entry to the Leicester Tigers round of the JP Morgan Asset Management Tournament and with minimal pre-season 7’s training under their belt, the team had the odds stacked against them.
Playing the first set of games at the Tigers training ground and with opposition such as Hinckley, Leicester Forest East and Market Harborough it was always going to be a hard fought competition.
Saints proved more than capable winning the group with a style of fast free flowing rugby with great hands and big tackles!
n This gave the U14s’ team the dream opportunity of playing the final at the hallowed ground of the Tigers at Welford Road.
Saints were up against the 2011 winners Oadby Wyggestonians and from the off it was clear they had a tough game on their hands when they conceded an early try. The lads showed their character and class coming back and taking a half time lead 12-10.
The second half saw Oadby pinned in their own half with good defence from the Saints.
Two more tries came in the second half though giving the Saints a superb victory to be crowned champions after beating Oadby 22-10.
n This was a brilliant way to start the season and thanks go to Leicester Tigers and JP Morgan for staging such a great event, everybody had a fantastic day. The boys were a credit to St Andrews being complemented by the staff of Leicester Tigers in their behaviour both on and off the pitch.
n Similar JP Morgan tournaments for Under 14s are being staged at other Premiership clubs around the country.
The boys will now be heading down to the JP Morgan Sevens final to play against the other winning teams for the title of JP Morgan Sevens Under 14 National Champions as a curtain raiser to the main Premiership Sevens Final.
n If you are interested in playing for Saint Andrew’s Under 14s, training is on Sundays 10am-12noon or Wednesday nights 6.30-7.45pm.
They also have other age ranges for youngsters or even the senior teams.
Please feel free to come up and speak to the coaches at their Ashlawn Road Ground.
n Minis & Juniors: Ever fancied playing rugby, want to be a part of a team and make new friends, come and have a enjoyable time at Rugby St Andrews.
Starting this Sunday at 10 am until 12pm at the Hilmorton Grounds, Ashlawn Road, Hilmorton, Rugby, CV22 5QQ (01788) 542786.
More details can be found on our website http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/rugbystandrews/