Cobham Under 9's were invited by NEC Harlequin to represent them in the inaugural mini-rugby festival preceding the London Double Header at Twickenham last Saturday (11th September).
The winners from each group would win the chance to play at half-time in an exhibition match at Twickenham in front of a crowd of over 50,000.
Cobham were in a strong group that included Teddington, Pulborough, Ruislip and Westcombe Park. As this competition was prior to the first training session of the year, the team had had no chance to train or prepare for the event.
After a five-all draw against Hemel Hempstead in their opening game, Cobham recorded their first victory of the day with a 5-3 win over Old Colefians. However, they came up against the strongest team in their group next, Teddington, and Cobham suffered their first defeat, losing out by 5-2.
Despite this result, the points gained through fair play, demonstrating good discipline, fairness and respect for the referee, Cobham ended up the winners and on their way to Twickenham. The crowd got behind the teams and the noise was deafening at HQ, where Cobham entertained the supporters with five tries in just six minutes.
Playing, and winning, at Twickenham has certainly left its mark on ten eight year-olds; it was an occasion they will never forget. Who knows when they may repeat this feat one day for the full ninety minutes?
Cobham Team: Harrison Moore, Toby Benson, Tom Williams, Dominic Morley, Christopher Ruddock, Hayden Bowman, Christopher Troop, George Tunnacliffe, Alex Hogge and Hugh Anderson.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.