Twickers glory

PUBLISHED: 12:41 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 10 June 2010

TALENTED young sportsmen representing a Topsham-based club triumphed in the final of a competition played at Twickenham.

TALENTED young sportsmen representing a Topsham-based club triumphed in the final of a competition played at Twickenham.

The under-nine team of the town's rugby club, based at Bonfire Field, secured a 20-0 win against Leicestershire side Ashby at the home of English rugby on Saturday, May 16.

Topsham qualified to play in the Bowl Final at the professional 76,000-capacity stadium, having performed well in the Nottingham Junior Rugby Festival.

Seb Stewart, 42, the under nine's coach, said it was an amazing achievement to be given the opportunity to play at the ground.

"There were teams from all over the UK who entered, including a lot of local sides who ultimately never got there.

"One of the most encouraging signs from the day was how the players adapted to the surroundings so well."

The match was played as a curtain-raiser to the Guiness Premiership Final between Leicester Tigers and London Irish.

Seb said he had coached the Topsham side since they were at under-seven level.

He added: "When the lads stepped onto the field there were already a lot of people in the ground at that time but they took to it like ducks to water."

The try-scorers for Topsham included Tom Oxland and Alex Giles, who both attend St Peter's School in Lympstone.

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