Schools from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth shine in tag rugby tournament
- Credit: Nick Butcher
It has become a popular fixture on the schools calendar for scores of sporty children from across Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
And about 150 youngsters lined up to be part of the popular schools tag rugby tournament at Corton playing field in Lowestoft.
The DT12 Sports schools tag rugby tournament is run by former Tongan international and Ospreys player Dave Tiueti.
With 10 schools involved in the action, 15 teams consisting of about 150 youngsters battled it out in a tournament hailed as 'fantastic' by the former professional.
The tournament saw children in years three and four battle it out in one division, as youngsters in years five and six contested the other league.
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Mr Tiueti said: 'Once again it was another fantastic day full of entertaining rugby and plenty of fun for the children.'
'Congratulations to all the children who took part and the schools for all their support – the children did their schools proud.'
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With the tournament being run for the past three years, in this time Cliff Park Junior School have dominated in both age groups, and once again they proved to be 'very strong' again this year according to Mr Tiueti.
They won the years three and four competition and remained unbeaten throughout the day. Mr Tiueti said: 'St Margarets Primary School ran them very close and only lost one game.'
Meanwhile, the years five and six tournament was keenly contested and 'tough to call' on the eventual winners.
'The competition was very interesting this year,' Mr Tiueti said. 'Numerous schools showed that they can compete with the likes of Cliff Park and Poplars Primary – with Ormiston Academy, Pakefield Primary and North Denes Primary very competitive teams who secured some good wins under their belt. Cobholm Academy played some fantastic rugby, running in some lovely long range tries, but on the day it came down to two schools to fight it out – Cliff Park Junior and Poplars Primary.'
He added: 'The levels of play shown by Poplars from Lowestoft and Cliff Park in Yarmouth has been moving up in class each year. Poplars displayed a clear understanding of the game, by playing some vivid rugby with some marvellous support play, and elusive running. Cliff Park used their speed and footballing skills to good use with some lovely moves and team work.'
With both sides winning all their matches, the game between Poplars and last year's champions Cliff Park would prove to be the decider.
Mr Tuieti said: 'It was a very tough match, as no one wanted to give an inch of space. Poplars used their physical size to good use, but Cliff Park were very resilient in defence, determined not to let them through. Eventually both teams scored a try each, ending the game with a draw – so the trophy was shared between the two schools in years five and six.
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