Chichester’s under-eight rugby team won the Saracens Allianz Cup which was played at Richmond College in the shadow of Twickenham.
Chi came out on top in a tournament which featured 50 teams and the top 16 teams had the prize of playing on the Twickenham pitch at half-time during London Irish’s match against London’s Wasps.
Chi’s youngsters strolled past Medway in their first game, winning 7-1, before seeing past Maidenhead 3-2 as excitement began to build among the squad.
Their third opponents were the very well-organised Saracens, who took the lead early on, but the end-to-end game finished 4-4.
They then kept their eyes peeled as they watched Saracens face Tadley, as they knew they would be playing the latter in their final game.
Before they knew it, the final was next and Steve Relf gave an inspirational speech to the squad and off they went to win the final game by four tries. Chi sprinted into an early 3-0 lead and seemed to be cruising until Tadley started to fight back. The game became tense but Chi finished as 5-2 winners.
This left both Chichester and Saracens on three wins and a draw; 19 tries for and nine tries against. They seemed inseparable.
After a 45-minute tense wait, Chi were eventually awarded pool winners as they had won one of their games by the largest try difference. Saracens also made it through as one of the top runners-up.
Chi’s prize awaited and the boys got to run on to the Twickenham pitch at half-time and had the opportunity to play in front of more than 40,000 people.
They were drawn against the number one team, Rosslyn Park, in a ten-minute demonstration game. Despite the long wait and even longer day, the squad were full of energy and excitement and played brilliantly. All in all it was an amazing day and all the kids were very proud to represent the club.
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