13 aside Rugby Union festival in Penrith

The under 13 (Year 7 and 8) rugby team travelled to Ullswater School to take part in a 13 aside rugby union festival yesterday.

The team made up predominantly of rugby league players were slightly apprehensive before the event as they only had one experienced rugby union player in their ranks.

Any worries were quickly put to bed as they put in a fantastic performance in their first game, winning 5 tries to 0.  The lads threw the ball around really well, good service from the floor by scrum half Connor Underwood allowed Jack Ainley and Blayne Graham to have time and space on the ball all game. Nathan Clark who had bragged he’d had Special K for his breakfast backed his talk up with a fantastic display of strong running and hard tackling.

By the second game which was against William Howard School they had got to grips with the rules of Union and from then on they didn’t look back.  Mitchell Todd scored a brace of tries, Curtis Bowes finished off a good move and Blayne Graham and Alfie Elliott also crossed the whitewash, the game finished 5-0 again to Whitehaven.

The game and moment of the day came during the third group game against Appleby.  The usual suspects of Graham, Ainley, Underwood, Elliott and Roberts showed that their rugby league skills were easily transferrable to rugby union as they sliced through the defence on numerous occasions.

Zak Charlton has been ever present in the side this year but hasn’t crossed for a try.  Step forward Jack Ainley who stepped and dummied his way to the line but refused to put the ball down, instead he called for Zak to come and take a pass and dive over the line for his first try of his career.  Well done to Zak and an extremely big well done to a classy and unselfish Jack Ainley.  7-0 Whitehaven.

The fourth game went much like the third, Whitehaven scoring points against Caldew every time they got the ball.  The final score was 8-0 and the lads came away with an impressive 4 wins from 4 with no points against them.

Special mention has to the go to all the players, without being prompted they clapped off an injured player on two separate occasions and they were commended for that not only by the other team but by passers by who had stopped to watch.

Well done to all.

Mr Hetherington and Mr Black.