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Young Wars are kings of the county

Young Wars are kings of the county

David Halliwell23 Apr - 12:19
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Both under 16s sides lift Surrey Cup in dream double

Warlingham under 16s retained their Surrey Cup title in a nail biting night at Harlequins’ famous Twickenham Stoop ground.

A thrilling 15 - 14 victory over a strong Farnham side saw the Wars take the trophy back to Hamsey Green. Impressively Warlingham also won the Tier 2 trophy at under 16s level with a 26 - 12 victory over Cobham at Old Reigatians to seal a unique rugby double in a memorable season for the squad.

A huge travelling crowd from Warlingham saw a pulsating match with every inch of territory and scrap of possession hard fought. Tries from Ethan Smith and Olly Hayden with a conversion and a match clinching penalty from Jack Allen won the game, which ended in nerve jangling fashion following a late converted Farnham try with desperate scrambling defence required up until the last play. The Wars showed some classy touches and looked threatening throughout, with the final whistle greeted with loud cheers.

In the Tier 2 final, two sensational tries from Jackson Stevens, a miraculous diving try from Seb Taylor-Smith and a strong score from Solomon Marks saw off a stern challenge from Cobham. Some great expansive rugby and physical defence got the job done for the blue and whites. A trademark of their success this season.

Warlingham Under 16s Head coach Peter Millington said:

“Congratulations to all the Warlingham under 16s players, an absolutely incredible achievement to win both Surrey Cups.

“This is a unique team that have been together for the last ten years. It’s been a privilege to coach such a talented and dedicated group, who are going on to great things on and off the pitch.”

Warlingham Chairman David Toye said:

“This side exemplify everything we want our club to show. Togetherness, brilliant attitude and skill, competitiveness, discipline, respect and enjoyment in playing rugby.

“Their success is no accident, it’s taken lots of hard work to get here and I can only congratulate and thank all the players, coaches, parents and supporters for everything they contribute to our club.”

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