Our 5 games in the National Finals went like this:-
Sandbach 26 - Billingham 0
Sandbach 3 - Chipstead 5
Sandbach 12 - Newbury 10
Sandbach 0 - Old Albanians 7
Sandbach 0 - Hull Ionians 12
The sandbach boys were a credit to the club and played some magnificent
rugby. Unfortunately we lost 2 key players in the first game to long
term injuries but our squad approach has been a feature this season and
this day was no exception.
Old Albanians, the home side, became National Champions but the
closeness of abilities across all six sides is illustrated by the fact
that they only won one more game than us and only scored one try
against us. With a little bit of luck and without our injuries, who
knows how different our over all placing may have been.
We played against some of the best sides in the country, evidenced by
the fact Newbury had not previously been beaten for 3 years and had won
their county cup for four years in succession. We beat them and
finished one place above them. All of the sides were good and all
merited being in a National Final.
The Sandbach party of 65 supporters and players came away from St
Albans, proud of the way our boys can play and assured that we can hold
our own at the top level.