Double Dutch for Morpeth RFC U14s’ first tour

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MORPETH RFC U14s put in one of the performances of the season to crown a successful first overseas rugby tour.

Travelling to the Netherlands during the Easter break they played two matches against strong local clubs.

A 12-12 draw against Amsterdam’s Rugby Club Hilversum, one of the strongest teams in the burgeoning Dutch league, was the playing highlight of a fabulous four-day-long trip for the Mitford Road youngsters.

Despite coming up against a team which included some players who were two years older, Morpeth never shirked in a bruising but highly entertaining encounter.

Flanker Lewis Nicholson and centre George Devereux-Tinley were the try scorers.

Backs’ Pplayer of the tour Sam Eyres added the extra two points with a conversion.

The tour had kicked off the previous day when Morpeth had been unlucky to go down 21-19 to a big and strong Gouda youth team.

Try scorers for Morpeth were Joe Turnbull (2) and centre Josh White, with Sam Eyres converting two of the touchdowns.

The squad of 24 boys had travelled with the coaches and supporting parents to experience for the first time the fun, enjoyment and excitement of touring and playing teams from other countries.

Head coach Dave Chattaway said: “It’s been a terrific tour and great fun for all involved.

“I’m sure the experience of playing great rugby, seeing other places and making new places will be something they’ll remember for a long time.

“Also, a big thank you to all the parents and sponsors for their support, including Morpeth Lions who kindly donated £100 towards the cost of tour activities.”