RUGBY UNION: SILHILLIANS Under-12 star Blake Adams may have missed out on appearing at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham but still he insists he experienced a memorable weekend at a festival organised by Worcester Warriors.
Adams and Silhillians U12s had been hoping to head to Twickenham on May 27 to meet an England 2003 Rugby World Cup winner and join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time – but it wasn’t to be despite a strong performance at the rugby festival.
Adams and his team received the opportunity after taking part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup – a nationwide series for U11 and U12 teams – on Saturday at Sixways Stadium in Worcester.
Silhillians showed maturity beyond their years as they played with a combination of brave tackling, crisp passes and slick off-loads in a tournament organised by Worcester Warriors that saw 30 teams take part including Worcester, Bridgnorth, Shipston and Kidderminster.
Adams said: “It’s been a really exciting day where we’ve played plenty of rugby against some strong teams.
“We’ve played a few local rivals today and a few teams that we haven’t played before, so it’s been good fun trying ourselves out against some new teams. We’ll take a lot out of the day.
“We managed to get a trophy out of it by winning the plate – even though it wasn’t quite enough to get us to Twickenham, we’re really happy with how the day went.
“We played really well today as a team, it was our first time playing together in a Land Rover Cup and it went very well for us.”
The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup has seen nearly 68,000 children take part to date, from all over the country, providing opportunities for U11 and U12 players to play, develop and excel in the game.
Launched during the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby and run in conjunction with all 12 clubs.
The festivals around the country celebrate rugby’s traditional core values of team work, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, rewarding players conduct, side-line conduct and game play.
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