RUGBY: Youngsters make history with Bourne’s second Shield win

Bourne RFC U13s celebrate winning the NLD Shield (again)'Photo: MSMP Bourne RFCU13
Bourne RFC U13s celebrate winning the NLD Shield (again)'Photo: MSMP Bourne RFCU13
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Bounre RFC U13 46 Lincoln U13 0

NLD Shield Final

BOURNE Rugby Club’s U13s have made club history by becoming back-to-back NLD Shield champions.

The boys, now U14s, had to wait for the new season to start to play last season’s Notts, Lincs and Derby Shield final which was postponed last season due to an unplayable surface at Glossop.

Bourne looked rusty at times in the re-arranged match, played at Sleaford, but were still too strong for Lincoln.

Captain Adam Castle at centre had a monumental game, scoring four tries but all 22 of the Bourne lads played well.

The front row signalled Bourne’s intent early on with great work from the forwards allowing flanker Joey Footitt to go on a rampaging run down the blind side.

Scrum half James Thomas gave the backs quality ball and winger Ben Haver soon bulldozed his way in the corner to get Bourne off the mark.

A good set piece led to the second try. Fly-half James Keane sold Lincoln a dummy and exploited a wide gap before laying off to Castle who went over. On the stroke of half time Castle scored again and, with Jack Whadock’s conversion, Bourne were 17-0 ahead.

Reid Davidson was at his destructive best with two second half tries but perhaps the best try of the match was a team effort with great rucking and interplay from the forwards before Whadcock and Natt Gadd combined to set up Castle for his easiest try of the day.

Haver then sprinted in from the half way line to score the final try under the posts.

Coach Andy Thomas said: “We have a special group of players who if they stay fit and together will go on to great things.”

Bourne now enter the higher level NLD Cup competition and their first hurdle will be Spalding.