YOUNG players from Oakham are looking forward to “the most exciting rugby day of their lives” as they prepare to play at Welford Road in the Prima Tiger Cup.
Oakham U10s will run out for a last eight clash at the world-famous home of the Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
The game will take place before Tigers take on French high-flyers Clermont Auvergne in Europe’s Heineken Cup.
“For many of them it will be the most exciting rugby day of their lives,” says U10s head coach Ben Hunt.
“Everyone is really excited and looking forward to it. Being at Welford Road and playing on the pitch is amazing.
“They just love playing rugby and really thrive in the big competitions. The bigger the game the more they enjoy it.”
Oakham are the most recent winners of the Prima Tiger Cup, having won it last season at Welford Road. This year’s squad qualified for the last eight from the Leicestershire festival, which was held at Lutterworth RFC earlier in the season.
Hunt added: “There is a big crowd coming across, looking forward to watching the boys and to watching the Tigers afterwards.”
“The support we get from the club is excellent.
“We have the benefit of our U10s winning the tournament last year and they have been giving us some tips but we will go there and make sure we enjoy the day.”
Oakham are joined in the last eight by teams from Syston, Bury St Edmunds, Grantham’s Kesteven club, Melbourne in Derbyshire, West Midlands sides Silhillians and Stourbridge, and West Norfolk.
Now in its 18th season, the Prima Tiger Cup is supported by Loughborough-based Prima Solutions with more than 50 U10 sides from across the country entering this year.
Tickets for Tigers’ clash with Clermont Auvergne are available from the ticket office, via the ticket hotline 0844 856 1880 and online at www.leicestertigers.com.
Oakham U13 27 Ashby U13 17
OAKHAM’s U13’s claimed an impressive scalp, beating reigning LRU County Champions Ashby 27-17 on Sunday.
Both sides tackled hard, making big hits from the start and 10 minutes into the game Oakham possession was turned into points after some frantic scrambling with flanker Milo Abraham grounding the ball. Don Butchart converted.
A couple of minutes later, inside centre Butchart broke through to score a great individual try.
Ashby responded with a well taken try to reduce the arrears to 12-7 at half time.
Ashby came out powerfully in the second half and scored in the corner within the first few minutes to level the score. But Oakham’s forwards took the battle to the opposition and counter-rucked Ashby off the ball on several occasions.
Accurate throwing by captain Harry Stuart ensured the Oaks secured all their own line out balls and in the final 10 minutes, Oakham’s superior fitness prevailed. Holes began to appear in the Ashby defence and full-back Tom Beach, openside Eddy Loring and loose head Harry Glover all crossed the Ashby line.
Ashby scored a late consolation try too little too late to prevent an excellent Oakham win.
Oakham: Harry Glover, Harry Stuart, Elliot Smith, Guy Jones, Tom Glover, Milo Abraham, Eddy Loring, Connor Griggs, Theo Jones, Eddie Robinson, Don Butchart, Sam Hills, Ben Maxim, Olly Elliot, Tom Beach, Callum Topham, Kyle Stevenson, Tom Darlington.