U15s step out onto hallowed turf of Twickenham

EGREMONT RUFC U15s were given an invite to play a match against Novos, from the North East, on the hallowed turf at Twickenham. The fantastic opportunity was filmed as part of a promotion for the Rugby […]

EGREMONT RUFC U15s were given an invite to play a match against Novos, from the North East, on the hallowed turf at Twickenham. The fantastic opportunity was filmed as part of a promotion for the Rugby World Cup and to showcase Camelot’s support for grass roots rugby. Egremont ran out winners 12-5.

The pre-match talk was given an extra boost when surprise visitors arrived in the shape of Stuart Lancaster and Mike Catt, the current England Head and Assistant Coaches respectively! Stuart presented the players with a named England match shirt.

Suitably motivated, the Egremont players went on to the pitch and gave a virtuoso display of running rugby against a much bigger and one year older team.

It wasn’t long before Sean Aspinall, Aaron Turnbull and Joe Moore picked up where they left off last season, battering away at the Novos defence and making valuable yards for their team. Billy Thompson, Rogan Moss and Kieran Fox constantly stretched the opposition with darting runs out wide. Captain Johnny Crichton stood out as a class act and taking a lovely short ball from Dan Starkie carved through the defensive line. Although he was stopped yards from the line, he had support right and left. He chose Jack Kellett who screamed over the line to open the scoring. The conversion was missed.

Dan Elliott and Cameron Purdham were ripping into the breakdown and ensuring a plentiful supply of ball to the Egremont back line. Cameron Wood and Tom Harris were also literally making their mark on the Novos players with some punishing runs from deep and key contributions in repeatedly driving a much heavier pack backwards.

Novos were being forced deeper and deeper in defence. A typically powerful run up the middle from Sam Agnew broke several tackles and a quick ball saw the ball fed to Joseph Brennan. He gave an exquisitely timed ball to put Johnny Crichton through a gap in the Novos line. He still had a lot of ground to cover but he made it look easy, scoring under the posts and converting his try. The greater physical size of Novos now started coming into play but Egremont defended like men possessed and thumped into the tackle time and time again. Novos persisted however and were rewarded with a consolation unconverted try. Further Novos pressure could make no headway against the heroic Egremont defence. The referee blew up and the Cumbrians celebrated a victory with injured team mate Jack Gascoyne, which will last long in the lad’s memories and hopefully spur them on to great deeds in the future.

The team were given a further treat by watching a full England training session before their warm up game against France.