OLD Leamingtonians’ under-12s player Tom Heath insisted he loved every minute of his Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup experience after booking a spot at Twickenham.
On Sunday Wasps hosted 28 teams, as almost 300 under-11 and under-12 players descended on Broadstreet RFC in Coventry and it was OLs who were celebrating after coming out on top in the Land Rover Cup.
“It will be fantastic for the club when we go to Twickenham,” the Warwick School pupil said.
“It is a massive dream of mine to walk on that pitch, it’s an amazing place and I love going to matches there, and hopefully I can watch my favourite player Nathan Hughes playing there in the final with Wasps.
“It’s fantastic that the clubs put these tournaments on for us, because it gets lots of people along and encourages more people to take up the sport.”
OLs eased into the play-offs after winning all three of their heat matches and after drawing with Kettering, Dave Brooker’s young side got revenge over Market Harborough who had beaten then 12 months earlier to lift the cup.
OLs knew they had it all to do against Market Harborough with a win by two tries taking them through and that looked likely when Ben Shipton burst over from close range.
A dogged Market Harborough defence looked to have frustrated OLs but victory was secured when Oscar Washbrook fashioned a fabulous try from nothing with the last play of the match.
“That was special,” added OLs head coach Dave Brooker. “What a talented group of players we coaches are privileged to work with.
“We have only conceded three tries all day. We have withstood losing two players to hospital and still played with dignity, discipline and no small amount of skill. I am immensely proud of them.”
The Landrover Cup was launched during the 2008/9 season and is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership rugby and run in conjunction with all 12 premiership clubs.
As hosts in the area, wasps sent along Paul Sackey, Piers O’Connor and Alex Reider who were on hand to give encouragement and ensure that Rugby Football has a great future in Coventry and Warwickshire.
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