Wokingham School Games Boys’ Tag Rugby Festival

2nd April 2019

Yesterday, the Year 5/6 tag rugby team took to the field at Reading Rugby Club for the annual Wokingham tag rugby festival. With hailstones landing on the bonnet of the minibus, the 10 excited boys exited the vehicle and made their way towards the Reading Rugby Club changing rooms. Here they experienced a changing room team talk for the first time as they got their belts and tags on before stepping foot on the hallowed rugby turf.

Shinfield St. Mary’s were timetabled to play 6 matches over the course of the afternoon. The national governing body for rugby states that ‘festivals’ should be run and not ‘tournaments’ at primary school age – no Pools/Leagues. This is to encourage children to play as many games as possible without ‘knockout’ stages and the chance of a school being sent home early due to a number of losses.

The boys approached each of their 6 games with a high level of professionalism. Their hard work during the after school club that they attended for 10 weeks really showed Mr Lappin that their knowledge of the game was comprehensive. With four wins under their belt by the end of the afternoon, the group of boys had showed how they could apply their tag rugby skills in a match scenario against some tough opposition. Mr Lappin was extremely proud of the boys’ determination and unwillingness to give up when faced with adversity – especially for the 6 boys who had never represented the school before!

Thank you to the parents for their support during the festival – it was great to see so many on the side-lines!