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Under 15 Rugby - Surrey Cup 2018-19    

Glyn School 43 v Howard of Effingham School 5

On Tuesday 2 April, the U15 Rugby team met Howard of Effingham School in the Surrey Cup Final. The final was played at, and hosted by, Dorking Rugby Club. The team had worked extremely hard to reach the final, playing their toughest match in the final 32 against Royal Albert and Alexandra School when the team had to fight and dig deep to overturn a 12 point deficit to win the match by 7 points, thanks to a hat-trick of tries by Taylor 10M. The team worked very hard during the training session in preparation for the final and showed a determination and real appetite to finish the season with silverware and success.  

The boys warmed up for the match, before we returned to the changing rooms for our final team talk. The message was simple and clear: 'Play basic rugby, set up pods and control the tempo of the match'. The whistle blew for the start of the final and the boys applied relentless pressure to Howard's try line; it took five minutes to break through the defensive line. The forwards worked well to create a platform for our backs to pass and run with the ball. Lewis 10D saw a gap in the defence and exploited the space and scored the first try, followed up with a conversion. Shortly after, we suffered two injuries, so replacements were made. Conor 10SB and Taylor 10M each scored another try, bringing the score up to 19-0. During the last five minutes of the first half, we had to withstand a lot of pressure from Howard of Effingham; we defended our 5 metre line very well, until the pressure mounted and Howard’s winger broke through our line. The half time score was 19-5 to Glyn.  The half-time message was to 'continue to play basic rugby'. 

The second half began, with Glyn asserting themselves on the opposition. The team continued to play well, working the ball through the forwards and setting up platforms for our backs to use to attempt to run their different moves. The next try came from the team captain, Freddie 10T, showing great power and strength. The next two tries came from Jack 10M;  the first was a well-worked move from the team and a good finish, and his second was a foot race between him, Lewis 10D and the opposition full back. Jack won the race and secured the ball over the try line. The boys continued to apply the pressure, determined to score more tries. George 10SB scored another try ,following a great team effort, with great handling and passing from several players, running the ball in from 30 yards out to place the ball under the post. Lewis 10D scored the extra 2 points to bring the final score to 43-5 and, with it, a Surrey Cup win!

Final words from me: “All the boys have shown passion and desire towards their rugby this season. I am extremely proud of all the players. I would like to congratulate them on their success this season; 21 matches were played and 20 of those matches were won. 

Road to the Final:

Final 32: Bye

Final 16: Beat Royal Albert and Alexandra School 19-12

Quarter Final: Bye v Rutlish School

Semi-Final: Beat Salesian School 46-12

Final - Beat Howard of Effingham School 43-5

Mr Churchill, U15 Rugby Coach