29th March 2017
Writing: Matt Bourne (Year 10)
Photography: Isaac Shenoy Year 12, William Piper Year 12
Editing: Matthew Dagnall (Year 12)
Following the tremendous success of last years Under 15 rugby team in winning the Natwest Vase, the current year 10 rugby team once again found themselves playing in the Natwest Vase Final at the world renowned Twickenham Stadium after a hard journey to get there. However, it was not to be and the team lost graciously despite fighting at every ruck.
This years run up to the final was that of great triumph, with relentless determination and a plucky defense from all the team. Led by captain Hugo Lane (who has 15 tries to his name) the team played and won 15 games with a few matches where the opposition didn’t even score at all. The boys have scored a total of 545 points over the season, whilst only conceding 134. The team honours include England age group teams, Wasps Academy and Buckinghamshire County squads.
Stand out players throughout the entire season, along with captain Hugo include left winger Sam Turner-O’Toole who came out as top point scorer with 19 tries this season, flanker Theo Staples who made some amazing tackles and was a strong defender and brother Cian and Ainle McGuinn made an amazing duo with great chemistry.
Having won all the matches the team left the day before the match to stay in a hotel to get a full night sleep, without any distractions from the rest of the world. The following morning the entire school travelled down to Twickenham to watch the match - no easy feat! Our opponents were from The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester who were a big and intimidating team and the crowd could clearly see that it would be an interesting match. Once the whistle had been blown it was clear to the crowd that The Thomas Hardye School was a professional and very experienced team. Although our boys gave a valiant effort and played with expertise they turned out on the losing side, losing by 62 points to seven. But congratulations to all the boys for getting as far as they did and doing themselves proud in one of Europe's best stadiums.
Thank you to coaching staff Mr Laferton, Mr Duggan and Mr Deadman without whom this would all have been impossible.
The match can be watched below