Success at the double for school team

The Three Rivers Learning Trust Year 8 rugby team and coach with the Northumberland County Schools trophy.
The Three Rivers Learning Trust Year 8 rugby team and coach with the Northumberland County Schools trophy.
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The Year 8 rugby team for The Three Rivers Learning Trust completed a memorable week by adding the Northumberland County Schools trophy to the Newcastle School for Boys (NSB) sevens title.

The firm artificial pitch at Druid Park allowed the side – made up of students from Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools and Technology Colleges – to play their fast open style of rugby, which has been very much a trademark of their run in the cup competition.

Despite having to defend for long periods of time, they were resolute in defence and clinical in attack as they scored some opportunistic and excellent team tries against a determined Dame Allan’s side to run out 39-17 winners.

A week earlier, the team travelled to Northern RFC for the NSB sevens tournament, which had a large entry of teams taking part.

The Three Rivers side successfully completed the group stage without losing a game and after a tough semi final against Red House, Stockton, successfully made it to the final against Gosforth Central Middle.

Once again, a committed defensive display and some good running rugby allowed them to achieve a 27-0 victory.

On the day, the team scored more than 100 points and conceded only two tries, which was a measure of how they stuck to the plan put together by some specialist sevens coaching earlier in the week.