LONGSTONE School’s year six tag rugby team has competed at the East Midlands Regional Finals at Leicester’s De Montfort University.
Having won through previous rounds in Bakewell and Ilkeston to reach this stage of the National Tag Rugby competition, they were up against teams from as far afield as Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire on this occasion, with winners going on to play the national final at Twickenham.
Longstone endured another closely fought group stage, winning three and losing two of their games, and were pipped into third place in their group which led them on to compete for the Shield competition, having narrowly missed out on a Cup place.
Wins in the quarter and semi-finals of the Shield competition gave them a place in the final against St. Peters School, of Market Bosworth.
A great match ensued with try being matched by try, with Longstone eventually losing out to a ‘golden try’ after a 7-7 draw.
But all was not lost for Longstone as they were awarded the RFU’s ‘Spirit of Rugby’ prize for the most disciplined and sporting performances.
The children received a smart trophy and two brand new rugby balls to take back to school.