DMA take U14 Rugby County Title!

On Thursday 23 March, the DMA U14 rugby team travelled to West Norfolk Rugby Club for their county final against KES Academy. After defeating Springwood in the semi-final, 35 – 34 (having been 34 – 5 behind at half time), the team were full of confidence.

KES started the game much brighter than DMA and soon found themselves 7 – 0 ahead and a well worked move led to a score under the posts which left DMA behind after only a couple of minutes. KES continued to dominate the opening encounters and a break from their number 8 led to another try which left DMA 12 – 0 behind. This seemed to spark DMA into life and they soon found themselves on the scoreboard.

A penalty was conceded by KES close to their try line. A quick tap penalty led to Bradley Leeks storming over the line to narrow the gap to 12 – 5. As the half drew to a close, a brief lack of concentration from DMA’s defence let KES score their third try of the match to lead 17 – 5 at half time.

DMA came back strong bringing the score quickly to 17 – 12. This set up a tense second half where each team kicked a lot of possession to relieve pressure and gain territory. KES continued to defend well and repel every DMA attack but by the time the final whistle came, DMA were celebrating their third county title in four years.

Paul Southam, head of sport at DMA, said: “Well done to all the boys that have represented the team this year.”