RUGBY UNION: After months away from training and matches, Gatehouse Lane was once again filled with excitement as the minis section of the West Norfolk Rugby Club hosted teams from Stamford and Peterborough.
Extra precautions were in place to ensure the safety of the players, coaches and parents, with balls being sanitised as they left play and social distancing restrictions being observed.
This was not a morning when winning was important but the act of playing with and against others within the spirit of rugby’s goals of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.
The minis were not alone in their experience of challenging opposition teams after a long break, as sides from the youth section of the club travelled to Sleaford to encounter players with as much eagerness to engage, tackle and contest each breakdown within the new guidelines set by the RFU.
All the players in the mini and the youth sections of West Norfolk were enthusiastic and had fun, entwined with a feeling of relief to be back on the pitches at last.
Also in action were the club’s u13s, who enjoyed a 23-2 victory over Swaffham.
The Breckland team opened the scoring but West stormed back with Charlie Burrell equalising two minutes later and a string of tries from Theo Dixon, Logan Reeve-Allen, Ethan McLaughlan, Aristejas Spirius, Rocky Dawe and Billy Harrison earned a half-time lead of 12-1.
West continued to show outstanding team work with exceptional communication skills to back it up in the second half with some impressive passes from Zac Collins, Ben Jones, McLaughlan, Luke Dring and Callum Bristow helping to set up more tries for Henry James, Harrison, George Balls and Geoffrey Delgado.
λ West Norfolk are hosting a two-day rugby clinic with a difference in July.
The Haka Rugby Global Elite Clinic is being held at the club on July 26 and 27, for boys and girls aged seven to 18.
The price of £65 includes a HRG training T-shirt and shorts.
A Haka Rugby Global spokesman said: “The clinics use Maori culture and rugby as a tool to develop future world leaders.”
To register for a place, visit the www.hakarugbyglobal.nz/camps website or, for more information, email info@.hakarugbyglobal.nz