Tupton 20 - 40 Tigers U13s

Sunday 26th November 2017

The long-awaited inaugural U13s match final took place against Tupton RUFC. The coach, Callum, arrived early along with proud parents and the players. Changing room 3 was signed `Sheffield Tigers under 13s` so they had their own changing room and it didn`t matter if all the kit wasn`t hanging up or laid out. You would be forgiven for thinking “big deal” but I sensed an excitement from the boys - “our first match”

The boys got stuck in to warming up; backs with Callum and forwards with James and later with parents who created a defensive line. It felt like we had been there ages especially as the opposition nonchalantly set about their prep with 15 minutes to go. Kick off!  Us muddy, Tupton clean.

It was clear from the off that Callum`s brief was taken on board. We played some nice phase rugby and passed out, breaking tackles.  We’re off!  Try one.  Sigh of relief from parents as we scored. Tupton showed they could compete in the ruck and both sets of forwards were enjoying themselves. Some fine fast passing rugby from Tigers paid off; another try.  More tries followed with Callum running on the pitch to lift Tom Barton aloft after scoring a break-away try (is that allowed?) You need to ask the coach why he was so elated. Tupton scored, Tigers hit back, not phased as we were up by 3 tries. Second half saw a lovely break and try from the restart from Tigers. Tupton were not going to give in and started competing in the breakdown and broke our defence. Tupton came back and tries followed. Ooops! Had we shot our bolt? One try in it. Oh ye of little faith! The lads rallied and continued to show some expansive rugby scoring another 3 tries in succession.  It`s early days yet but on Sunday we had an U13s team wearing Tigers shirts.

Thanks go to Tupton for their hospitality and a competitive game. We look forward to playing them again soon.

Full time! Players happy! Coach happy! Parents proud! What more can you ask for?

Tigers scorers- Stefan, Tom Birch, Henry, Cameron, Tom Barton, Andrew.

Tupton 20  Sheffield Tigers 40

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