Market Rasen & Louth U15s XV 8-36 Nottingham U15s
Market Rasen Rugby Club’s U15s first appearance at a Cup final ended in defeat against Notts Corsairs, but they had much to be proud of.
After a very good opening 15 minutes Rasen took the lead with a penalty kick and a well taken try from a Corsairs mix up, the team looked to be in control and up for the occasion.
Strong support from parents and belief that maybe this could be Rasen’s day were starting to enter the thoughts of all, as it seemed that Corsairs whee literally not on the ball.
Strong scrummaging, rucking and hunger for the ball - at all times the Rasen lads were starting to take control.
A text book pick up from the back of the scrum and a blindside run was halted inches from the line but some very good tackling turned out to be a key moment in the game. Corsairs replied with a try but missed the conversion - score 8-5 to Rasen and game on.
This seemed to be the kick start Corsairs needed to come back into the game and put Rasen under increasing pressure, and on the stroke of half time Corsairs scored under the posts and promptly converted.
This was a bitter blow and gave Corsairs the momentum going into half time.
A further rallying call from the coaches and the touchline support was needed for the next 30 minutes, however Corsairs came out for the second half and continued where they left off.
Two quick tries took the wind out of the Rasen sails, the strength of the Corsairs backs along with an ability to predict everything Rasen threw at them took its toll on the lads. Two more tries along with two conversions made the final score 8-36.
The whole squad finish the fixture season with their heads held high - NLD Sevens Cup Winners and runners up in NLD Cup competition is a remarkable achievement for a rural club such as Rasen.
A huge thank you to the coaches Will, Pete and Strappa, Margaret for what turned to be a very busy season on the first aid front, team manager Kim for complete total efficiency in team management and last, but not least, the parents who support the team and coaching staff throughout the season.