SOLENT Second XV rugby captain David Phillips has paid tribute to a group of plyers that emerged with flying colours from the Central Venue Festival Rugby tournament.
Despite losing their first five games of the CVFR tournament held at Havant Rugby club, Solent finished on a high note with a 10-0 win over Portsmouth University’s 6th XV.
Phillips said: “My player of the tournament went to one of the freshers in our side Bradley Mortimer.
“I played him in a new position this week, he absolutely smashed it”.
“He wasn’t keen initially worrying about the more technical parts of a forward’s game. It was nice to see it go right for him and realise a new position for himself, as well as for me to find another player that I can rely on to get us up the pitch in tough situations.”
Mortimer was hailed Player of the tournament by his captain for his ability to adapt to a new position.
Phillips also praised flanker Jack Thomas and fly-half Elliot Lucas.
The skipper said; “Jack is someone who wants to improve so much and wants to win. He has come into the team with a real professional mindset which you can tell has come from his time captaining Wales at U16 level”.
Lucas also came in for praise from the captain who said: “For an 18-year-old to be as composed and concentrated with the ball in hand is surprising. He led his backline like a real adult this week. he has that spark you need in a fly half and doesn’t just think about what’s ahead of him”.
Looking ahead to their next fixture against Sussex, Captain David Phillips said: “It will be good to play them in a full 80-minute match and really test ourselves against them”.