Tommies Win U14 EDF Cup Final
Tommies overcame a spirited and battling Katharine Lady Berkeley by 41 points to 7 in the Kingsholm sunshine, with the pack excelling for the victors.
In the Cup Final, Tommies were immediately on the front foot, and would've opened the scoring through Sam Moore, but for a wonderful try saving tackle from Katharine Lady Berkeley full back Tyler Hopkins. The first try however wasn't far behind, with Mitchell Chukwuemeka breaking off a scrum, and showing pace, balance and power to race away for a score, improved by full back Gabriel Knight.
Knight was the creator for the second try, as he unselfishly fed winger Moore into the corner following a strong carry from captain Jack Stanley, son of Gloucester legend Andrew. The Tommies' lock unit of Daniel Tilley and Rob Nixon were at the heart of everything that was good about their play, and Tilley dotted down in the corner following a scorching Daniel Turner Pearson run. With Tommies applying the incessant pressure, the KLB defence was fierce, organised and hugely committed, despite trailing 17-0 at the break. Chukwuemeka added a second after the resumption, then back rower Will Evans got in on the act.
Jamie Parmer and Edward Hulls then got their names on the scoresheet as Tommies showed their finest attacking play. But the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Katharine Lady Berkeley as impressive centre Keegan Wood swooped on a loose ball to run in from his own half, and dot down for a well-deserved Kingsholm score for his team. Player of the Match in the Cup Final was chosen by Gloucester's Henry Purdy, and he nominated Rob Nixon in the Sir Thomas Rich's engine room for his hard work around the field.