The BSN team was a truly global mix of players from The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Australia, Bulgaria and Canada and the competition saw them take on teams from all over France, Belgium and Germany.
Two days of rugby saw the boys compete in 10 high octane games played at a pace not unlike rugby sevens. After the first day, the BSN Rugby Team had won 5 games, drawn 1, lost 1 and only conceded 2 tries. The next day saw them take on and win 3 games against the top teams from the previous day and by playing the best rugby of their season against by far the strongest opposition they had faced they reached the final.
The final was against Plaisir, the only team they had lost to on the Saturday and took place in the Guy de Boniface stadium in front of a very vocal French crowd of more than 1,000 who were firmly behind the local team. The BSN boys were strong in defence and repelled every Plaisir attack. Just as BSN were beginning to establish dominance the final whistle blew leaving the teams tied at 0-0. After a chaotic few minutes of disagreement amongst the tournament officials, it went to sudden death drop kicks … which Plaisir won.
Plaisir runs a full-time rugby academy where the boys train four times a week and almost half their team play representative rugby. This just confirmed the BSN coaches impression that this weekends matches had been the best performance of the season by some measure.
Congratulations to all 19 boys, 18 parents and six very noisy sibling supporters – a great team effort.