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Over 100 players return to action for first time in nearly six months in Bishop's Stortford rugby club's touch festival

Competitive rugby returned to Bishop's Stortford RFC on Saturday for the first time in almost six months as more than 100 club members took part in a touch tournament.

The event, which was held without spectators, was the first form of competition at Silver Leys since the inaugural touch festival on October 31 last year.

Players from all five men’s senior sides, the ladies' section and the club's Wednesday evening touch rugby group were divided into 10 evenly matched squads of 10.

The teams were split into two pools of five and played four six-a-side matches of 14 minutes each, with rolling substitutes.

After the pool matches, teams played their counterparts in the other pool, so fifth played fifth and so on. The two pools were headed by teams led by Jack Scantlebury and Tom Brady, and it was Jack's outfit that eventually took home the 'Covid Cup'.

Joint first XV coach Marcus Cattell said: "There was a great atmosphere, played in the right spirit and lots of smiles. It was so good to see the club busy again after such a tough year."

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