On the Thursday 25th January 2018 the Morden Cluster Y5/6 Tag Rugby Competition took place at Harris Morden Secondary School. Crisp, bright conditions greeted the competing teams, which was a far contrast to the atrocious weather of the previous day, and this set the stage nicely for some free flowing rugby to be displayed.
As there was only six schools competing, it was decided that a round robin format would be played with games lasting a duration of eight minutes. The top four teams would qualify for the Borough Finals being staged at Tooting and Mitcham F.C on Friday the 2nd March 2018.
St Peter and Paul, although unable to secure a win, did display some great counter attacking rugby with their best result coming against a strong Abbotsbury side. One of these tries was a length of the field beauty. Liberty, again unlucky not to come away with a win did not give up and also displayed some good rugby and team play. This was especially evident against Benedict where they drew this game 1-1, scoring a well worked team try during the match from within their own half.
Benedict were this years most improved side wining one and drawing two games out of the five. Their standout result came in the 2-1 win over St Peter and Paul where they were able to identify the space quickly and run in two quick tries with their flying wingers. Malmesbury were equally as impressive and demonstrated some impressive defensive work by only conceding three tries the entire tournament. Their best result came against liberty scoring three fantastic team and individual efforts to win this game 3-0.
St Teresa’s well as per usual very well organised in defence and able to use their attacking runners to consistently hit the gain line from the breakdown to get in behind the opposition and create some great tries. Their standout performance was arguably against Malmesbury who they managed to hold out to win 2-1. Abbotsbury for the second year running were the most consistent team in the competition, winning all but one of their matches, which they drew against and inspired Benedict side 2-2. Their ability to recycle the ball quickly at the breakdown and keep the ball alive in open space was enough to beat St Teresa’s who were hot on their heels to take the vital top spot.
Congratulations to Abbotsbury, St Teresa’s, Malmesbury and Benedict who all qualified to the Borough Finals. A special thank you must be given to Harris Academy Morden for the use of their facilities as well as the contribution of their sports leaders in helping to run and officiate the tournament.
Lastly, our Refspect winners for this competition were St Peter and Paul who displayed fantastic sportsmanship and respect to their opponents, especially in defeat. Well done guys!
- St Teresa’s
- St Peter and Paul