MORE than 200 children from across the borough of Croydon took part in a Tag Rugby tournament last Friday, with St Peter's School claiming top spot. Into its third year, 16 primary schools competed at Whitgiftians Junior Rugby Club in South Croydon and with World Cup fever approaching, the interest is growing among young people taking up the sport. Hayes Primary School and St Peter's contested the final, where it was 2-2 at the end of normal time (seven minutes), then it went to a golden try which St Peter's managed to score. Matthew Titterton, a coach at Whitgiftians Junior Rugby Club, was delighted with the success of the day and believes the tournament will be a regular occurrence. "We did a trial three years ago with just four schools then we did last year and there were around ten," he said. "We wanted to ramp it up to 16 this year, so we'll be confirming it as an annual tournament. "With the World Cup coming for 2015, we've been trying to tie this in with the Surrey RFU, and what's great about it is you get mixed ability and mixed gender teams. "The format of it was in the first hour they learnt skills, with five sort of activities to work on their passing, defending, running and team work. "That was then put together to head into a friend round robin tournament. We were impressed that they played rugby with structure."For the full photo spread, see Friday's Croydon Advertiser.
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