Spalding celebrate national success

Spalding under-14s
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Spalding Rugby Club under-14s will play in the final of the NLD Cup for the seventh successive year.

They go to Lincoln to play Nottingham on Sunday, April 24, following last weekend’s national festival in Bournemouth which featured teams from all over the UK and Wales.

Spalding started strongly against Devizes in the first game.

Devizes were big and strong up front but Spalding’s game plan of quick ball wide kept the heavy forwards at bay and they came through, winning 20-5.

Spalding then went on the play Datchworth who were a bigger side.

Spalding came out 40-0 winners and by this time they were the talking point of the tournament.

From the kick-off Northampton BBOB were knocked back in the tackle and beaten in all departments.

Spalding’s confidence was growing in each game as they ended up 45-5 winners.

This result put them into the final against a Welsh team that had not been beaten for three years and looked big and strong in every area.

The game started in a fast and furious pace with neither team able to break the deadline but Spalding having the better chances.

Will Wand and Seamus O’Hagan linked well in the centres and between them found a line that cut the defence in two for Wand to score.

Ystrad Rhondda had big playmakers but Spalding marshalled them well.

In the second half the Welsh boys upped the physicality but Spalding fronted up and raised their game to more than match them in contact situation.

However a rare mistake let the Welshmen in for a try to equal the scores.

Spalding were determined not to lose and upped their game and as a unit got tighter.

Wand and O’Hagan linked well in the centres and their partnership was more than a handful for the plucky Welshmen.

O’Hagan finished off some great interplay between them both to take the lead 10-5.

Rhondda started to fade and Spalding turned the screw, leading to a fantastic break from Jack Roffe who powered through to make the score 15-5.

The Welshmen looked a broken team and Spalding got stronger as Wand scored his second and the win was just minutes away.

Spalding kept the foot on the gas and finished off with a stunning solo run from Ryan Grant who outpaced the defence to score in the corner, making the final score 25-5.

Coach Kevin Wand said: “This was a well deserved win from a very talented Spalding squad who played some very attractive rugby. Every player gave their all and thoroughly deserved their win.”