Olney under 12s’ Jake Bentley-Evans insisted he loved every minute of his Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup experience.
On Sunday Northampton Saints hosted eight local teams, as more than 120 under-12 players descended on Franklin’s Gardens in the build-up to Northampton’s Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with Harlequins.
In total more than 7,000 children will participate over the course of the campaign as they go in search of a spot at Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Grand Final on May 28.
And while Bentley-Evans was not able to lift the Under-12s Cup trophy, the 11-year-old remained proud of his side.
“It is everyone’s dream to go to Twickenham, so it would be great fun and something to really be proud of and we all get on well, it’s like a big family at Olney,” the Bedford School pupil said.
“There’s a lot of great teams here, but I think if we get the ball down the line and use the hands well we can hopefully score some good tries.
“I’m definitely a Saints fan and I would say my favourite player is either Stephen Myler or Lee Dickson and for England I really like Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell.
“I am a scrum-half or a fly-half and I love how quickly Dickson gets the ball away and he has great box kicking.”
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