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U10s at Twickenham

10 October 2016

On Saturday 8th October 2016 the Under 10A Rugby team travelled to Twickenham stadium for the ‘England Rugby Travel Minis Festival’ which acted as a ‘curtain-raiser’ to the inaugural Rugby Championship match in England between Australia and Argentina. The boys arrived at Twickenham overcome with excitement and nerves, ready to showcase their skills on the ‘hallowed’ turf of Twickenham. There were 30 other teams competing in the competition and Caldicott were drawn in Group A against Paragon School (Bath) and Westbourne House (Chichester). With Jerusalem and Swing Low blaring out and the cheerleaders in full flow the boys ran on for the first game against Paragon School in front of a huge crowd of other players and supporters. The first match was a hugely physical encounter with both teams making errors under the pressure of two committed and spirited defences. Caldicott scored an early try with B Smyth crossing over before Paragon fought back. At 2 tries a piece after a second score from Smyth the game looked like it was heading for a draw, but with the last play Z Kirton burst through the defence to dive over the line and seal a dramatic and deserved victory met with wild celebrations from the watching Caldicott supporters. The second game was a more one-sided affair with Caldicott leading from start to finish. The boys, now more relaxed in the environment and with a win under their belts, produced some great fast-flowing rugby, passing the ball wide and scoring some fantastic team tries. G Turner, B Smyth, A Sykes and J Ferry all managed to cross the whitewash in an emphatic victory. After the festival the boys and supporters alike enjoyed some refreshments in the West Car Park before going back into the stadium to watch the international. It was an open and entertaining game with Australia coming out victorious against a spirited Argentinian team. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium and parents, staff and boys all sat together and enjoyed the game at the end of a long but brilliant day. It was a very special and memorable day for all concerned and one that will live long in the memory for us all. The boys were a great credit to the school performing excellently on the field and behaving impeccably off it.