Frampton Cotterell U13s play at home of Bristol Bears
FRAMPTON Cotterell Rugby Football Club Under 13s ended their season on a high, playing in front of nearly 15,000 fans at the home of Premiership Bristol Bears.
The team participated in a tournament of eight teams, winning four, drawing one and
losing two games.
Head Coach Simon Haynes said: “This was an amazing achievement, with a small squad of only 15 players, up against some very strong opposition.
“More importantly, Frampton U13s team were nominated by their opposing players and coaches as the team that best demonstrated the core values of rugby: teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, discipline and enjoyment.”
The team were rewarded with a fixture against Clevedon RFC at Ashton Gate Stadium, during half time of the Gallagher Premiership fixture between Bristol Bears and Saracens.
The Frampton players stepped onto a pitch graced by England internationals Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola and Jamie George.
Frampton got off to a great start, with some superb phases of play from the team. Full back Dylan Gimber and inside centre Ethan Ashton both grounded the ball to score two quick tries. The players were rotated, giving every player equal time and the chance to experience the magical occasion.
The team kept pushing forward but couldn’t quite score the decisive third try. Clevedon then scored two tries in quick succession. In a tense last minute, both teams had opportunities
to go ahead. With the referee about to blow the final whistle, Clevedon went over for third try with the last play of the game to edge it 15-10.
Simon said: “In what was a great fixture played in good spirit, the Frampton players continued to demonstrate the core values, congratulating their counter parts.”
Frampton captain Dylan Gimber said: “It was a great experience to play on the same pitch as the Bristol Bears players. I will never forget it.”
Simon added: “The team performances throughout the season have been fantastic. They’re a resilient bunch of lads, who work hard and well together. I was delighted for the players to have experienced such a great occasion, playing at Ashton Gate Stadium.
“The players’ conduct this season has been superb. They’re a great credit to Frampton Cotterell Rugby Club.”
Frampton U13s will be moving up to U14s next season and are looking for more players to strengthen squad numbers. All players get equal amount of game time, with the emphasis on development and the enjoyment of players.
For further information contact Simon Haynes by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0789 657 9882.