The 80 strong age group have competed in 8 festivals in oOctoberall over the north home counties , sending 12 sides of 10 players and scooping 4 trophies plus qualifying for the prestigious Allianz Champions Cup which will be held in April ahead of the Saracens v Leicester game.
The trip to Cardiff was a great success and OA’s u9’s sent 2 competitive teams to South Wales and where hosted by Llandaff RFC, a strong club with a proud history and good connections to OAJRFC.
OA’s Romans lead by Stilly fought out 2 tight games winning and losing one both by 1 try only. OA’s Gladiators drew both their games equalising in the final play of game 1 and coming back from being 5-2 in game 2 with a very spirited 2nd half performance. Both teams played open attacking rugby with some strong defence against some very big Welsh lads who played direct rugby up the centre of the field.
Lead Coach Steve Pope comments-
” I’m very proud of all our young players who have taken to contact well since the start of the season from September. The players have all thrown themselves into “tackling” and not forgotten the handling skills learnt over the last 3 seasons in tag rugby and for our Welsh hosts to praise our passing game based on stout defence was praise in deed!”
The OA’s u9’s will now focus on fixtures both locally in herts and beyond in the M25 ring and the Thames valley.The club are also hosting the regional heats of the National Lexus Cup in November and will be competing in the ADVW Development Cup in December at Allianz Park, so the players have lots to look forward to.
Come on OA’s!!!