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October 14, 2015
Silloth Primary School Rugby World Cup Tag-Rugby Tournament
On Tuesday 13th October Silloth Rugby Club hosted the first ever World Cup themed tag tournament.
Andrew Brooks, Assistant Headteacher at Silloth Primary School, organised the free event to coincide with this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Following the same format as the World Cup, twenty teams took part, each being given a country from the competition. Squads of ten children (boys and girls) meant that two hundred children took an active part in this rugby tournament.
The teams were put into four ‘Pools’ with each team playing four ‘Pool’ or group games. The top two teams from each Pool then went on to compete in the quarter-finals.
The semi-finals saw Silloth Primary School (S.Africa) take on Fairfield Primary School (Tonga) and Richmond Hill Primary School (Italy) up against Beckstone Primary School (Wales). Both games were high tempo, high scoring, with a lot of fantastic skill on show. However, it was Silloth Primary and Richmond Hill who progressed to the Final of the tournament.
A very close first half with end to end rugby allowed for an enthralling second period, full of excitement and cheered on by the many that had stayed to watch. Eventually, Richmond Hill took control of the game and ran out deserved victors in this the first (and hopefully not the last) RWC themed tag tournament.
'It’s fair to say that the whole day was a huge success. I would like to thank Trevor Richardson of the Cumbria RFU for his support and for training the referees; the Year 10 Sports Leaders from Solway Community Technology College for officiating all forty seven matches; Jimmy Lettice and Silloth Rugby Club for hosting the event and for providing food for both the children and adults along with medals for the finalists and a winner’s trophy; Cumbria Community Foundation for funding the event and of course to all the children and members of staff for supporting the tournament, making it a great day for Cumbrian rugby.'