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1XV Rugby National Bowl Final

1XV Rugby National Bowl Final – What a run..!

This was a particularly difficult article to write, due to the outcome of the event, but that should not take away from the achievements of the 1XV Rugby squad. Throughout the year, the team have been faultless in their dedication, work ethic and attitude towards representing the 1XV at Glyn School. At no stage was the commitment to representing the school ever questioned, with a Cup run that I, and the boys, will never forget. Representing Glyn School in a National Final, played at a Premiership rugby ground, with seven coach loads of supporters, is an experience that the majority of people will never be fortunate enough to experience.

So, the game…

After a walk around Worcester before the game, the team arrived at Six Ways Stadium, all wearing their new hoodies which were kindly printed and donated by Star Signs Printing in Ewell (thank you!). The atmosphere was electric, with the team focused with the task in hand. After settling into our changing room, and watching over the game currently being played, the boys had to prepare themselves for pre-match duties, such as team pictures and interviews. As the coach load of supporters arrived, the team were heading to the warm-up pitch to prepare, just as they have done all season, with great professionalism and maturity. The minutes quickly passed and the time had come to line themselves up in the tunnel, side by side with the opposition, King’s School, Worcester, ready to run on to the pitch to represent their school in a National Final. The Glyn supporters ensured that, as the team ran through the tunnel, it was a hair-standing moment, with the loudest cheer of the day!

As play got underway, it was clear that it was going to put all their training to test, with the opposition being clinical, well drilled, and somewhat larger than us! The Glyn’s defence was relentless, with a huge amount of covering tackles where the opposition backline was skilled in breaking through and around us. This ‘scrambling’ could not last and King’s School scored three unanswered tries in the first half.

An even bigger task now faced us in the second half and, after conceding an early try, the task got slightly bigger.However, this did not stop the Glyn squad from giving everything that they had and showing the real potential of the side by putting together some fearless phases of rugby, resulting in a try scored under the posts. This was not the only try to be scored, with a further Glyn score during the second half. Unfortunately for us, Kings were able to continue their  faultless attack, with the game finishing 34-10, not in our favour. Credit must go to the opposition; they attacked with pace, width and power, which we did not answer on the day.

The Glyn side were, and always will be, a credit to the school, showing passion from the start to the end of the game. It is a real honour to have worked with such a tremendous group of young men who have shown the power of team cohesion and friendship, overcoming some enormous hurdles, which took them to the National Finals; the first time the school has ever achieved this.

Thanks must go to all the supporters who travelled up to Worcester, for the families for their support, not just at this game, but throughout the year, and to Mr Duffield for enabling us to make this occasion as special as possible for the Glyn 1XV squad.

Again, this was a superb representation of the school and, as the commentators remarked, “This performance has put Glyn School on the rugby map across the country.”

Words cannot do the achievement justice, or demonstrate just how proud of the team the whole school are.

Mr Martin, Director of Sport