Dursley U9’s secure place in County Cup Semi Final at home on April 1st
27th March 2007
The much delayed mini rugby County Festival for Under 9’s took place at Drybrook RFC in the Forest of Dean this Sunday. Current County Champions, Dursley RFC entered 2 teams the Lions and Tigers and both had tough groups.
The Lions team are through to a semi final meeting with arch rivals Stroud next Sunday. Victories against Chipping Sodbury, Minchinhampton, Cinderford and Stow on the Wold put them top of their group. Star of the group stages was Silas Winterbottom with 7 tries from his 3 matches: but this squad is not about stars. Every player made his mark and contributed to a great performance. Coach Sean Christian commented, “I am delighted to have topped our group playing the sort of rugby for which we have become known. To score 8 tries against Minchinhampton in 12 minutes of rugby is exceptional and everyone has played their part. We’ve conceded just one try in four games. I’m really excited and looking forward to the Quarter Final.”
Dursley faced Cirencester in the Quarter Final and having lost flying centre Tom Caesar to a knee injury, the team was changed around to face what would be a tough opposition. Tom need not have worried as the Lions imposed themselves on their opposition. The defence held firm and Cirencester never looked like scoring as Dursley ran out winners by 10 points to nil. Angus McCubbin, Head Coach, said.” This has been a great game to watch and I hope, to play in. The referee helped by allowing both teams to play attractive rugby and for that we thank him. The whole squad is delighted to have gone through to Finals day unbeaten. We will be at our home ground and will play Stroud in our semi, so it’s set up for a fantastic Finale next weekend. I hope parents, friends, schoolmates and acquaintances of the team will turn out to support our local club.”
Thanks must go to Drybrook for their hosting of a very good tournament under difficult circumstances.
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