Year 8 Rugby Tournament

Once again, Mr Duroe had the pleasure of taking a team to the All Schools Rugby Festival under the floodlights at Rotherham Pheonix’s ground on Herringthorpe playing fields. This time it was Y8 who got a run out, the following lads put in a great shift against more experienced sides:

Luke Steane
Finley Chadburn
Kurtis Rich
Owais Fiaz
Nader Ali
David Santana
Owen Bailey
Saleh Ali
Dawood Rashid
Armaan Ali
Josh Humphries
Isaac Ahmed
Dylan Whatley
Ben Robinson
Coby Godber
Reece Seymour
KC McShane

The team played two games one against St Bernards the other Oakwood and the story of games were pretty similar. All of the Clifton team were happy to get their hands on the ball and run good solid lines trying to find the gaps in the opposition defence. All the lads were playing heads rugby and looking for the offload to keep the ball alive, which did see us make progress up the field. However The oppositions experience and expertise at the breakdown ment we came off second best and conceded too many turnovers to get complete any drive going forward. As seen in the photos the games were played at a high pace and tempo, which the lads coped well with.

I can’t fault any of the lads in terms of their conduct, which was excellent, or their determination to put in a good performance. Unfortunately Clifton’s hard work throughout both games wasn’t reward with the tries it deserved and we ended up on the wrong side of 10-0 and 20-0 scorelines. These score lines did flatter both opposition teams as both games were really tight affairs and showed the raw rugby talent that Clifton has. The determination to make tackles and make the hard yards were clear to see along with the natural ability of players like KC McShane to read the game.