Whitley Bay Rockcliff U14s win the Sale Sharks Rugby Festival

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A North Tyneside rugby team ended an eventful season on a high at a prestigious rugby festival.

Whitley Bay Rockcliff Under-14s lifted a trophy for the second time in quick succession, this time at the Sale Sharks Rugby Festival following their victory at the Harrogate Festival.

The North Tynesiders crossed the border into Lancashire to lock horns with some of the best teams from the south east, midlands and north and emerged victorious as they ran in 19 tries and conceded just three.

Joe Patsalos, Zac Bailey, Tony Saywell, Jackson Macintosh, Adam Hay, Tyler Walton, Charlie Johnson, Roger Hood, Connor Malby, Michael Hansen and Adam Harvey all touched for Rockcliff

Skipper Will Forster’s ten conversions and orchestration of the team also proved too much for opposition that included Nottinghamshire sides West Bridgeford and Burton RFC, Manchester-based Eccles, Ormskirk from Lancashire and Westcliff RFC from Essex.

Westcliff, who had recently beaten Saracens U14s, proved to be the biggest test as they were crammed with Essex county players.

But they were overwhelmed with quick, precise rucking and interplay between forwards and backs as the Northumberland County Cup runners-ups Rockcliff won 15-5.

“It was another well-deserved trophy for our lads,” said Rockcliiff coach Simon Forster, whose sides have lost just twice all season.

“At Harrogate we beat one of our big competitors here in the north east in county champions Northern and won that competition.

“And then we dispatched some quality from the length and breadth of the England, including the incredibly strong south east divisions.

“Next season we will be looking to test our lads further and if that means some trips to the midlands and south then so be it.

“We aim to put this club well and truly back on the UK map, like it was in its early days.

“We want to be the best, but we also aim to be all inclusive to all abilities so we’ll welcome new faces.”

Anyone interested in joining Rockcliff U14s should contact Simon on 07908 662392 or e-mail simon.forster@gece.co.uk