Sunday 22nd April, Cleve RFC competed in the ‘Gloucester County Under 16s Plate’ final against Hucclecote RFC. Cubik are one of the main sponsors of the age group and so we are proud to report that after a fantastic game transpired, the Cleve boys came out on top in a 43-22 win.
With creative touches of brilliance mixing with well-constructed set plays coming from both teams, it was clear that the boys were delivering a high level of rugby and both teams deserved to be in the final.
Both teams suffered injuries in the first half with the 3-G surface and intense competition taking its inevitable toll. However, there was depth of quality throughout the rival squad and so the players didn’t let injuries stop what was a great contest.
After a very nervy first half ending 12-17 to Hucclecote, the supporters on the sideline didn’t stop believing in the Cleve boys and their encouragement inspired the lads for one hell of a second half performance.
Both teams clearly wanted the win, but with an early try to Cleve the momentum had shifted and there was an increasing belief, after the loss in the same final last year, that this year the boys would walk away as champions.
The final play resulted in Cleve scoring another well worked team try and as the final whistle came, the boys ran to a huddle to begin celebrating what was a great win against a tough and capable Hucclecote team.
This final game of junior rugby was the icing on the preverbal cake for what has been for many a fantastic journey; from under 7s rugby through, for a number of this squad, to development and senior rugby next year.
As the club moto says; ‘we sow to reap’.
A massive thank you to the coaches who dedicated their time over the past ten years; a job well done.