Wicklewood and Alpington claim the honours in South Norfolk schools rugby contest

Winners - Wicklewood Primary school tag rugby team at the South Norfolk schools sports partnership's

Winners - Wicklewood Primary school tag rugby team at the South Norfolk schools sports partnership's rugby finals - Credit: Archant

Silky passing skills, sprints for the line and timely tags were the order of the day when more than 300 children came together to take part in the South Norfolk Schools Partnership tag rugby finals.

Alpington primary school won the small schools competition at the South Norfolk school sport partner

Alpington primary school won the small schools competition at the South Norfolk school sport partnership tag rugby finals - Credit: Archant

Held at Wymondham College on Tuesday, (January 27), teams from 25 of the district's primary schools were split into two competitions - large schools and smaller schools.

After playing a round robin group stage the top two teams from each went forward to a semi-final and the winners of those played exciting finals.

In the large school league Wicklewood Primary school, near Wymondham, were victorious in a very close final against Robert Kett Junior school from Wymondham. With the score 4-4 after full time they played an extra two minutes with Wicklewood able to add a further two tries to Robert Kett's one.

Delighted coach Arthur Pattison said he was 'ecstatically proud' of his team.

'We have some brilliant individual players but they worked as a team and won it as a team.

'I am very much looking forward to the next stage. We need to do plenty of work to make sure we are ready for it but we have the potential to go all the way.'

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In the small schools league Alpington beat Wreningham in the final.

The two finalists from both competitions now go forward to represent South Norfolk at the Winter School Games in March.

Gina Atherton, school games organiser for South Norfolk, said: 'To have 300 children competing at such a good standard of rugby was excellent. They were all very competitive.'

She thanked the Wymondham College sixth formers who refereed and Year 9 sports leaders.