Rugby Norfolk County Cup Finals
It was a pleasure to take the Year 9 rugby team to the Norfolk County Cup Finals last week, held at the brand-new and very impressive facilities at Wymondham’s new Rugby Club. The team knew they were going to be in for a hard afternoon!!
Feeling anxious and nervous, the team’s first opponent was the very big Wymondham College team whose players looked more like Year 11s! We struggled to get going as they ‘powered’ through us with their big forwards. We didn’t have much ball and they scored 4 tries against us.
Next we played Norwich School who went on to win the Cup and who were ‘a level above all’, in class and style! We started really well with some good possession and scored the first try of the game, only to have it disallowed for a forward pass. Norwich then switched it on and went on to score three tries, playing some really advanced rugby.
By now we were well warmed up and impressing the many spectators on the side-lines. We faced Gresham’s School next meaning we were yet again the underdogs! Once more we started well but poor defending allowed them to score first. Our team fought back through simple rugby and getting the basics right, until Max Lee was unleashed on the left wing to run in an exceptional individual try. He broke through their defensive line and finished in style! At half time the score was 1-1 and the crowd were right behind us. Unfortunately Gresham’s came at us strong and managed to score another two tries. Despite this, the team continued to impress becoming somewhat of a crowd favourite!!
The last game was against Langley. It was scoreless for a long spell as both sides countered each other out with end to end rugby. Langley eventually managed to break our line and score out wide. We replied straight away with Callum Macdonald breaking through the middle, dodging and weaving through their defence leaving the score 1-1 at half time. Langley started well in the second half and scored from the kick off. Again we replied and it was Callum for a second time who managed to step up and find a gap to get through and score, equalising to 2-2. We piled on the pressure and were really unlucky not to score in the last few minutes and win the game as the crowd cheered, willing us on. It was definitely the biggest accomplishment of any team in the whole evening!
It was such an achievement for the boys to be there and competing with the private schools. They certainly enthralled a lot of people and were an absolute credit to CNS and themselves.
Mr P O'Brien