TyneMet College Rugby Development Centre played their first Rugby League Tournament of the year. Competing with Sunderland and New College Durham the players scored tries, made tackles and enjoyed a good afternoon of rugby.

TyneMet players Leroy Wilson, Kyle Higgins, Steffan Varty and Declan Williamson all added to their try tally for the season during the 40 minute games. After 3 weeks of crash course training and learning about the sport the players showed superb running lines, supported each other well and began to show an understanding of the laws of the game. Defensively the TyneMet players were superb and maintained a strong line throughout the game against Sunderland, pressing with the play of the ball and making the opposition work very hard with the ball. TyneMet were unfortunate to come out second best in the first game against New college Durham with only 5 points separating the teams. In the second fixture against Sunderland TyneMet showed they had learnt a lot from the first game and ran out convincing winners scoring 6 tries in the process.

Jordan Anderson, former Scotland U20 International Rugby League player, led the team on the day and said, “It was great to see the players move the ball and hit some very strong attacking lines between the defenders. The players learned a lot from playing the game and now have a much better understanding of Rugby League. If the team continue to work together and show the fantastic team spirit they have today then they will have a good season playing Rugby League.”

Development Centre Head Coach Jack Lambert said, “Today the players have learned a great deal about a different sport and will have developed their core Rugby skills in a pressure environment. TyneMet College run a dual code programme involving Rugby League and Rugby Union with players that enjoy both sports and it is great to be able to offer those young players the chance to play both codes of Rugby. Catching, tackling passing and identifying space is the same in both sports and the players proved they are developing those core skills and improving as a side.”

Tyne Metropolitan College is one of the North Easts leading providers for education and training, and was recently voted No. 1 in the UK for student satisfaction. Overall our pass rates place Tyne Metropolitan in the top 10% nationally and in our recent OFSTED report we were awarded ‘Good’; praising rising academic standards, student progression and employer partnerships. As British Colleges Sport College of the year the college has a tireless devotion to excellence in sport, with opportunities for students to compete at an elite level, travel the world and work with sport professionals. We are proud of our accolades for sporting success and have an unwavering dedication to both academic and sporting achievement. 

For more information on TyneMet’s NESA Rugby Development Centre contact jack.lambert@tynemet.ac.uk or 01912295119.