Three boys from Year 2, Ned Caton, William Crabb and Tom Dyster, represented Wendens Ambo Mini Rugby Club U7 in the prestigious Stinger Cup, run by Premiership club London Wasps for some of the leading clubs in the south. Following earlier victories at the Cambridgeshire County Cup and Wendens Ambo’s own festival it proved to be a fitting end to the U7’s first rugby season.
There were 3 competitive fixtures in the pool stages at Richmond upon Thames College, however, Wendens Warriors strong rush defence and direct running in attack ensured 3 closely fought victories against Abbey (9-6), Phoenix (4-2) and Amersham (6-2).
As pool winners, Wendens Warriors qualified for the U7 Cup semi-final, where they were drawn against Windsor. This was a crucial match, as the winners of this game had the opportunity to play an Exhibition Final at half time of the Wasps v Gloucester game being played at Twickenham Stadium in the afternoon. Despite this additional pressure, Wendens dominated from the off, allowing Windsor few try scoring opportunities, and combined with excellent support work, comfortably won 5 tries to 1.
The Exhibition Cup Final against Marlow, played in front of 35,000 people at Twickenham, was an experience that the boys (and coaches) will never forget. In a shortened final, little was given away by either side as defences dominated, and tries were hard to come by. However, and although no official score was kept, when the final whistle blew, Wendens were leading 2 tries to 1. Willian Crabb and Ned Caton can now claim to have scored a try at Twickenham! The Warriors were the only team to go through the competition undefeated which has capped an excellent season for the players.
Wendens Warriors: Jed Bailey, Ned Caton, William Crabb. Tom Dyster, Jake Mason and Ben Scott-Priestley.