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Swaffham rugby kids battle

PUBLISHED: 19:08 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:40 08 July 2010

SWAFFHAM U13 welcomed both Holt and Southwold to North Pickenham Road on Sunday morning for a three-way series of rugby matches.

Swaffham's first game was against Holt who had beaten Southwold in the opening match and went into their second game very confident.

SWAFFHAM U13 welcomed both Holt and Southwold to North Pickenham Road on Sunday morning for a three-way series of rugby matches.

Swaffham's first game was against Holt who had beaten Southwold in the opening match and went into their second game very confident.

However the Swaffham squad, led by captain Edward, were not going to lay down.

Holt moved the ball quickly to their giant number eight, however Edward had lined him up and smashed him into touch.

Swaffham then began a period of excellent pressure and good support running and overloading which drove them deep into the Holt half. A lack of game time and a desire to go that little bit too quickly led to a breakaway try for Holt. But Swaffham powered back into the game and, from a penalty, Jared drilled the ball into touch and whilst Holt won the following line-out the pressure from Liam and Ryan in the line forced the Holt player to rumble and Ed was on the dropped ball in a flash to score the try. The conversion by Jared only just drifted wide.

The game was a display of rucking power and tackling commitment by the Swaffham team with big hits coming in from Callum, Chris, Liam and Jared together with an aggressive approach to both rucks and mauls. Kane Fisher, stepping up as scrum-half, played a fantastic match, attacking the opposition at every opportunity. Holt ran out winners 17-5 at the final whistle.

The second game against Southwold followed immediately and the Swaffham boys' approach didn't change, 100 per cent commitment. The half-back pairing of Kane F and Louis made tackles and combined well in open play. Connor, Buster and Robert all took the ball into contact in direct runs. The support was there again with Chris, Ryan and Jared all rucking well and Ed making a mess of any mauls Southwold set up.

Twice Swaffham were on the opposition's try line and pressing for tries. Jared was tackled out just inches from the corner flag, having received the ball from an impressive breakout run by Chris. The second impressive charge down on the try line almost resulted in a try for Swaffham, only for a Southwold player to intercept the ball from a pass and break out to score for a 17-0 win.

A club spokesman said: “Swaffham are in the process of rebuilding this squad, having lost a number of players at the end of last year, and the display this morning spoke volumes of how these young players are developing.

“It's fair to say that winning is great but what this squad displayed was total commitment for their team-mates, controlled aggression and, most importantly, enjoyment for the game. Every player played for every minute of the matches and should be hugely proud of their performances against much more experienced teams.”

Ed gave a captain's performance both in contact and in loose play and there were also a number of standout performances across the squad with the whole pack, in particular, working very hard.

MoM: Ryan, for direct running with the ball in hand and excellent work in the contact areas.

Swaffham U13 would welcome any Year 8 pupils who would like to join. Training Thursday nights. Further details at at www.swaffhamrugby.com

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