The U12s were up against old rivals Folkestone and Whitstable in the Plate finals of the East Kent Waterfall Tournament.

First up we were up against Folkestone and the boys were fired up and ready with a big hit on Folkestone’s first receiver following the kick off, which set the tone for the game. The lads competed well in the rucks turning over procession a number of times which lead to a steady stream of tries throughout the match.

A really solid team performance with some great passing moves by the backs and domination by the forwards allowed us to run out winners by six tries to nil. The scoreline, however, didn’t reflect how well Folkestone played for most of the match as they never let their spirits or intensity drop.

After a ten minute break it was straight back out for the second game, this time against Whitstable and we were expecting a tough game…… and a tough game we got! Whitstable came flying out of the blocks and we had no answer to their physicality at the break down and they turned us over in the mauls again and again .

We were four zip down by half time and had never really got going at all in the game.

The second half started with what looked a different Thanet side on the pitch and with a slight change of tactics to reduce the number of mauls and some fearsome rucking by our forwards, we ran in three unanswered tries and had Whitstable on the ropes!

Unfortunately despite repeated attempts to cross the whitewash in the closing stages of the game and the considerable procession we had, we ran out of time and the game finished 4-3. Both coaches and parents were very proud of the boys for putting in such a phenomenal performance to come back so strongly in the second half and for showing great spirit and fighting to the end.

Whitstable went on to run out comfortable winners against Folkestone and so won the Plate.

On the day the overall best team won and we would like to congratulate Whitstable and all the players that took part for their great spirit and for demonstrating true rugby values. Well done all!

Report supplied by Scott Barclay