Saints hosted the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup on Saturday with Northampton Old Scouts coming out on top to book their place at the Aviva Premiership final at the end of May.
The nationwide tournament is run in conjunction with each of the 12 Aviva Premiership clubs for Under-11s and Under-12s sides.
The tournament held at Saints saw 16 clubs from the region battle it out on the Franklin’s Gardens training pitches, with the winning Old Scouts being joined by runners-up Bury St Edmunds in receiving their trophies on the main pitch during the half-time break of the Saints’ win over Bath.
Old Scouts Under-11s were this season’s winners and the tournament clearly plays a crucial part in developing their players.
“The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is very important,” said coach Stan Nickels. “We were the only Northampton team left in the tournament, and we wanted the lads to go out and take the trophy home.
“Like any cup, it’s important. We moved on through the group stages, through the semi-final and reached the final. It’s all about developing the players; with every game they develop. “
As with every age group match day tournament, the Saints’ Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cups are held at Franklin’s Gardens, and the opportunity to make use of these facilities was an exciting prospect for the players from Old Scouts, with Nickels adding: “The facilities and the pitches are just fantastic for the boys.
“It’s just great for them to be around the professional set up because if that’s what they want to do in latter years, it’s a taster of what facilities they are going to use.”
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