Paviors U18 10
Deeping RFC U18 13
DEEPING RFC U18 have won the NLD Cup, beating Paviors 13-10 to go one better than last year when they were runners-up.
Deepings started the game well and controlled much of the first half, limiting Paviors to only a handful of attacks and opening up a 6-0 lead through the penalty kicks of Alex Arch.
On the stroke of half time, Deepings pressure led to an error by Paviors and Alex Millar took advantage, picking up the ball on the halfway line and out-running the Paviors defence, to score a a crucial try, which was converted by Arch.
Thirteen points down at the interval, Paviors changed their tactics in the second half and produced some fantastic driving mauls, which the Deepings team initially struggled to cope with leading to two Paviors tries. But both went unconverted and the Deepings lads raised their game to hold out for victory.
Head coach Nick Knight said: “This was a great performance which showed fantastic teamwork and spirit.
“Paviors pushed us right to the edge in an excellent final.”
He thanked parents and friends for their support during throughout the season.
Club Chairman, Mark Owen, added: “As a club we are very proud of the achievements made by this team. They have had many successful years together and we are looking forward to getting them into the Saxons and 1st XV next season.
“I must thank coaches Tim Edwards, Paul Stimpson and Nick Knight, who for the last 11 years have committed themselves to training on weekday evenings and every Sunday morning for training or matches which has all culminated in this weekend’s triumph.”
l DEEPING RFC are holding a rugby taster session for anyone who wants to get involved playing and for anyone who would like to take on a coaching role within the club.
For details visit www.deepingsrufc.co.uk.