After 14 months of no rugby due to Covid, Midsomer Norton U16s and Colts returned to action, travelling to local rivals Frome for a game under the new lockdown laws.
First up was a warmup but competitive game of ready4rugby touch where 16’s/17’sU18’s played together. Seeing it was their first experience of the game, it went very well.
Then the highlight of the night. Norton having missed this age group for five years, fielded a U16s team with a mixture of experienced players and total newcomers to the game. Their commitment and energy ensured a good hard competitive game, and they should be really proud of their efforts.
The score was all square at half time, with a try from newcomer Finley Maggs, but Frome’s experience told, and they pulled away with a 3-1 second half performance.
Next up were the Colts, playing their first game as a combined u17s/U18s team. Playing a good Frome team, they managed to come out 4-3 winners with tries by Noah (2) Deadly and Cooper.
Fitness was definitely an issue after no competitive rugby for so long, but the backs looked good, and the final try was the highlight. After a planned kick through from Will Rawlings the ball bounced straight into Watts’ hands, who was never going to be stopped while running at full tilt.
Norton’s Man of the match was captain Jacob Hobbs Simpson, who tackled his heart out, no matter how big his opponent was.
Both teams played in good spirit and played a good hard game.
The Colts are in action next on 23rd of May away to Wells in a three way with Frome.
Norton are still building their U16s, year 11 school age group team ready for Colts next season and are looking for players to boost numbers whether experienced or not.
Training is on Wednesday evenings, anyone interested please come along or get in touch with Dave Williams 07779727558