Cobham Rugby

Honours even for Cobham U18s on Rome tour

What goes on tour stays on tour...... except the results

Under 18 tour.JPGThe future of Italian rugby is bright, say Cobham U18s following their end of season tour to Rome last weekend.
Having secured a 47 - 13 home victory over touring Milanese side Rugby Rho earlier in the season, the recently crowned Surrey Division 1 Champions played two of their season's toughest games against well drilled and highly physical Italian sides.
In spite of two excellent tries from Charlie Spawforth, the Cobham team missed a chance to clinch their first match against Italian national champions Capitolina, before conceding a further try to lose 21-12. 
After a visit to see a real gladiatorial theatre at the Colosseum, the Cobham boys played their second match against Lazio, another highly rated team. Perhaps unaccustomed to playing under a baking Italian sun and on parched ground, Cobham found themselves three tries down at half time. But a half time talk from coach Chris Gibbons inspired a glorious second half come back with tries from Aiden Findlay, Charlie Spawforth and two from Tom Prigmore, resulting in a 19-22 victory for the touring side.
The Cobham tour party enjoyed some wonderful hospitality, especially a hog roast and feast of local dishes prepared by the Lazio parents. Meanwhile the Dads on tour discovered the real reason why Rome is called the "eternal city".


 Richard Davies