Old Albanians U14 12 TringRugby U14 15
THE TringRugby U14s have been crowned County Champions after defeating Old Albanians in a gripping County Cup final.
In an entertaining match, Tring were made to defend gallantly for the last five minutes as OAs laid siege on their try-line.
And just as the hosts looked to have worked an opening to snatch the victory, a match-winning tackle by Tring flanker Tom Daffern made sure the silverware returned to Cow Lane.
OA’s had made a bright start to the game as they used the wind to their advantage to race into an early 7-0 lead.
However, Tring kept their composure and battled back with two tries from Jamie Lloyd – after searing breaks from Ted Stanford and George Murrell – to head into half-time with a 12-7 advantage.
Tring came out strongly after half-time and began to dominate proceedings, with their forwards taking control and keeping OA’s pegged in their own half.
However, OAs were defending well and restricted the Tring scoring to a long distance penalty from fly-half Robbie Cogger – which turned out to be crucial.
With Tring looking comfortable, OA’s seemed to find an extra gear with 10 minutes to go, and the St Albans side pushed Tring back into their own 22 as they searched for a way back into the contest.
And the hosts made sure of a grandstand finish to the game as a rolling forwards move produced a try which narrowed the Tring lead to just three points.
The last five minutes seemed like an eternity for the Tring supporters as OAs continued to pile forward, but the visitors showed their fighting spirit and held out for a memorable victory.
Tring captain Oliver Holdroyd accepted the trophy on behalf of the 21-man squad, to conclude an excellent year where Tring were also the highest placed Hertfordshire team for the second year running in Division One of the Herts and Middlesex Saracens League.
Elsewhere, the TringRugby U7 section travelled to Rye RFC in Sussex this weekend to take part in their first ever tour – making them the youngest ever TringRugby Rangers.
The squad of 10 played some fantastic rugby to finish equal top on both points and wins after two days.
A try count-back left them in third place overall, and they saw off Chesham 8-2 in the third and fourth place play-off. They also won the tournament’s Best Sportsmanship Award.