On Saturday I trained at school in preparation for the Sedbergh School Super Tens tournament, in which some of the best rugby playing schools not only in England but from Scotland and Wales, compete!
The training was mainly game play, running through moves, line outs and scrums, before we left for Sedbergh School in Cumbria and spent the night in the Sedbergh boarding houses, sharing ours with Edinburgh Academy, and Stamford School.
The tournament consisted of four groups of four teams playing 24 minute games split into two halves. On the Sunday, our first game was against Bicton College, which Exeter Chiefs Academy send their players to, and we won convincingly, this was the only game I scored in. Our second game of the day was against Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Wakefield, which was a very close game! We were 10-nil down at half time, in the next 12 minutes we worked hard and played with pride and came out with a 17-10 win! Our final game of the day was against the host school, Sedbergh. Unfortunately we lost this game, but we came second in our group so went through to cup games the next day.
On the Monday, the team played with a lot of passion as these were the last games we would play together in England (the next games being in South Africa when we go on tour in the Summer). Unfortunately we lost our next three games and as a result were knocked out of the tournament.
It was a good experience playing tens as I’ve never played it before, and I’m looking forward to playing in the tournament again next year!