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Schools battle in exciting final

PUBLISHED: 09:20 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:07 01 August 2010

Halesworth and Beccles Middle Schools served up another sporting treat with a thrilling North Suffolk Schools' U13 rugby final.

Halesworth started strongly and a feature of their play was the superb counter rucking and direct running.

Halesworth and Beccles Middle Schools served up another sporting treat with a thrilling North Suffolk Schools' U13 rugby final.

Halesworth started strongly and a feature of their play was the superb counter rucking and direct running.

Daniel Hamilton McGinty and Luke Hazzard scored early tries and with Kaiden Goldspink converting the first try, Halesworth led 12-0.

Beccles came back strongly and were awarded a penalty try after a good passage of play from Kieran Devlin. The try was converted by Cameron Armstong. (12-7).

Now it was Halesworth's turn to respond and a surging run from Hamilton McGinty allowed the hard working Connah Fisk to burrow over for a try, which was converted by Conor Jones.

Confidence was now high and a floated pass bounced kindly for George Caplin to burst down the wing for the final try of the half. Half-time score 24-7.

The second half was really competitive and the Beccles boys produced an excellent move from a quick tap penalty for Seb Saville to score under the posts. Armstrong knocked over the conversion.

The tackling from both teams was ferocious and the commitment from such young players was outstanding.

Beccles moved the ball wide at every opportunity to their very powerful and quick centres and wingers. This resulted in another very good score for Devlin, which was converted by Armstrong, to bring the scores to 24-21.

In the closing minutes of the game it was the Halesworth boys who secured possession and patiently found space on the blind side for Hazzard to score his second and the decisive try of the match.

Final score: Halesworth 29,Beccles 21.

Both teams should be complemented on their standard of play in such an exciting finale to the season.

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