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Tag Rugby Terrors

Chaucer Juniors' Tag Rugby team had a highly enjoyable afternoon of Tag Rugby on the last day of term.

Chaucer Juniors' Tag Rugby team had a highly enjoyable afternoon of Tag Rugby on the last day of term.

Only 4 members of the squad remained from the team that took part in the tournament last year and the rest of the squad was quite inexperienced so expectations were not high. Since tag rugby has had to take a back seat to athletics, netball and cricket, there had been little opportunity for the players to practise before the tournament at Long Eaton School but they didn't let that hold them back.

Captained by Billy Parry, the lively and energetic squad (Morgan Wilson, Harrison Hazard, Lucy-May Stevenson, Archie Smith, Julie Welnowska, Denver Toplis, Declan Mycroft, Aaliyah Proctor, Aaliyah Rezeg, Ashton Anderson and Joel Searcy) produced surprisingly good performances throughout and were rewarded with some terrific results.

Chaucer began with a 6-0 win over Granby. Joel's elusive footwork helped him score a hat-trick of tries while Billy, Aaliyah Rezeg and Morgan were also able to touch down.

Next, Chaucer ruthlessly disposed of Brooklands A by a landslide score of 13-0. Morgan, who was excellent at keeping his width on the left wing scored 2, as did Lucy-May, Aaliyah Proctor and Chaucer's talented full-back, Ashton. Declan, Archie, Harrison, Denver and Aaliyah Rezeg all got on the score-sheet too as Brooklands struggled to maintain any resistance.

Archie put Chaucer into the lead against Grange, but as it came under pressure, the team lost some of its shape and direction, which enabled Grange to open up a commanding lead. Their nippy right winger scored a hat-trick of unopposed tries as Chaucer's defensive line became bunched around the middle. Grange were also helped by inexplicably being allowed to use an extra player for the majority of the match! When it became apparent that they were using 9 players against our 8, Chaucer threw on another body to even up the sides and Harrison's jinking run earnt one try back but it was too little too late. Grange prevailed 5-2.

Shardlow provided a tough test but scores by Joel, Lucy-May, Harrison and Morgan paved the way to a gritty 4-2 win.

Chaucer's final game was a more comfortable victory against Brooklands B. Billy opened the scoring before Joel ran in another hat-trick and Harrison scooted over to make it a 6-1 final score.

By winning all their matches, Grange won the tournament while Chaucer came in 2nd place. Having performed so much better than the team did in last year's competition when they lost every single game and in their own words "got wrecked", the players should be very proud of their efforts.

Many thanks to Mr Proctor and Mrs Wilson for their help with transport.

~ Mr Woodcock

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