Rugby: Summer tournament success for Lincoln Touch and Ladies

Lincoln Touch juniors were victorious in the Bowl Competition at a tournament in Royston on Sunday.

Five players from Lincoln – Flynn Smith, Harry Stroud, John Winterbourne, Molly Rushbrook and Owen Hanson Church – paired up with six from Nottingham.

There were four mini leagues of four teams. After a 4-4 draw in the opening game, Lincoln lost the next two games but as a result of bonus points they finished third in the group and went forward to the Bowl Competition.

In the semi-final of the Bowl, Lincoln won by two tries to reach the final. In the final Lincoln secured a draw with the final play of the game.

The match then went down to a sudden death drop out, which Lincoln won to become proud winners of the Bowl competition.

Chris Thompson from the junior coaching team said: “Looking at the differences between the game on Sunday and at Bedford, our play of the ball was much quicker and we were able to drive the ball was much quicker.”

Youth Summer Touch starts at Lincoln Rugby Club, located on Lodge Lane in Nettleham, from Tuesday, June 25 (7pm-8.30pm) until mid-August.

Lincoln Touch for ages 12 and upwards takes place at the club every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm, priced at £2 per session.

Lincoln Ladies entered an A and a B team into the tournament.

Lincoln Ladies also had a victorious weekend by winning the Social Plate at the Solstice 7s competition in Nottingham.

Rose Buchanan scored two tries and added one conversion as Lincoln won the final 17-7 against Crewe & Nantwich.

Captain Clare Brown, who also scored a try in the final, said: “Lincoln Ladies did the club proud this weekend after playing in their very first Solstice 7s tournament at Nottingham.

“Most of the girls had never played 7s before so to have reached the cup quarter finals with the A team, and having the B team win the plate, was a huge example of how far the ladies have come since so many of them have only been playing a couple of seasons.

“The support running and defensive work from both teams made them hard opponents, and they deserved to have come away champions.”