Horsham RFC youth teams conquer Europe at Dutch festival

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Both Horsham RFC U15s and U16s were victorious at the prestigious Hilversum Festival in Holland on Easter Sunday.

Both were confronted with competition from teams from Holland, Wales, England, Germany and Lithuania, playing three 20 minute games in the group stages.

The U15s didn’t concede a point all day, beating DIOK 26-0, Hitchin 10-0 and Travistock 14-0 in their pool.

They went on to play a very powerful Scunthorpe team in the final and ran out 10-0 winners.

Both wingers ran in tries, summing up a day of brilliant running rugby to clinch the trophy.

The U16s fared just as well, beating Dutch Academy 24-7, Cleckeaton 24-0 and Pontyclum 17-0 in their pool stage. They then went on to play a semi-final against the talented South Gower winning 7-0.

The team, tired and lacking in numbers, went on to play in a high quality final against a talented team from Combe Down, Bath in front of a very lively crowd. Despite their exhaustion Horsham battled it out to a 5-0 win.

Horsham RFC Chairman John Riley said: “These two wins are something the whole of Horsham should be very proud of.

“The future of Horsham RFC is very bright.”