Sevenoaks RFC under-12s Twickenham-bound thanks to Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup
Saracens hosted an exciting under-11 and under-12 grassroots developmental festival this weekend as the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup returned.
This successful series of nationwide events, now running for more than a decade, has seen more than 82,000 children take part to date and continues to grow, providing developmental experience for young players to excel in a professionally run environment.
The under-12 competition was a fantastic spectacle for those in attendance with the highly competitive fixtures providing a meaningful platform for youngsters to develop their rugby skills.
It was a competition to savour with Sevenoaks RFC victorious, showing great spirit right up until the final whistle to earn a trip to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final on June 1, where they will meet a Land Rover rugby ambassador, and join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time.
The U11/12 Land Rover Prem Cup matches are well underway @ Hendon RFC. Some fantastic rugby on display! @premrugby @LandRoverRugby @Saracens #thefuture #rugbydevelopment #saracens pic.twitter.com/CtG5Dg6JRP
— Saracens Rugby Dev (@SarriesRugbyDev) September 8, 2018
And new for this season, Land Rover will be introducing the Junior Land Rover Discovery of The Season award, which is intended to identify and reward one youngster who has showcased the values of rugby during the tournament.
Sevenoaks player Will Brook was the brightest star on show, scoring the winning interception try in the final, staged during half-time of the Gallagher Premiership match between Saracens and Bristol Bears.
Try-scoring hero Brook said: “It was an incredible feeling to score the winning try.
“It was a great effort from the team throughout the day and we managed to play our best rugby under pressure in the final.
“I’ve scored a few tries but none of them have been as important as that!
“Playing on the pitch in front of 8,000 people was amazing.”
In the under 11 festival all teams displayed fantastic resolve and demonstrated the core values of the game throughout: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) September 8, 2018
Victorious in the under 11 competition were Maidenhead RFC, whose captain Harry Turner was delighted with their efforts on the day.
“I play rugby because I enjoy it, but it’s also great to win the competition and play at Saracens,” said Turner.
“I’ve played for the club for six years and this year is one of the best teams we’ve had.
“We won our first game of the tournament by seven tries and I scored two of them, so I’m really happy.”
Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet young Saracens stars Ali Crossdale and Ralph Adams-Hale who took time out of their schedule to watch the young teams and offer tips along the way.
And Crossdale commented on the importance of grassroots rugby, saying: “I played in numerous Land Rover tournaments when I was younger and they’re always great days.
“It’s great to see the kids enjoying themselves – they’re competitive but most of them just want to have a good time and the chance to play right next to Allianz Park is inspiring.
“Its essential grassroots rugby continues to get support and tournaments like the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup are a crucial part of that.”
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