SPALDING RFC Under-12s won a share of the Land Rover Cup after a super tournament display at Holt in Norfolk.
The final was against Sheffield, the side which Spalding had narrowly lost to at Twickenham in last season’s Gulliver’s tournament.
Most of the team had played at Twickenham and wanted a reversal of that result. This again was a very tense hard fought match, with both sides evenly matched.
Spalding played well; both in defence and attack, but no tries were forthcoming. Sheffield had a player sin-binned for a high tackle, albeit unintentional, however the game was played in a good spirit.
The first half again produced a try (similar to Twickenham) for Spalding, but again it was ruled out by the referee, which seemed harsh.
The second half continued in the same intensity and in the dying minutes Spalding defence was at full stretch as Sheffield pressed their line, but the whole team tackled ferociously to deny them.
At the final whistle the scores remained locked at 0-0, and the trophy was shared.
This was another great display by the squad (pictured), who have had an excellent season to date. The Land Rover Cup remains the last tournament of the season.
The pool matches were against a Barbarian side from Berkshire (won 3-0 on tries through Lewis, Worth and Faulkner), Wymondham (3-1; Lewis, Faulkner and Fletcher) and Sheffield Blues (won 6-0; Jones, Fletcher, Sutton, Chew, Whyatt and Waltham).
Squad: Worth (capt), Rollinson, Sutton, Waltham, Hall, Jones, Fletcher, Birdseye, Lewis, Faulkner, Johnson, McManus, Hendy, Whyatt, Smith, Searle, Chew, Eggleton.