On Wednesday, our boys’ U16 Rugby team played King Edwards School (KES) in the County-cup semi-final. It was a game played in very wet and very muddy conditions, but a match that both teams fought very hard to try and secure victory.
HCS started very well, keeping the ball very tight, with the forwards working very hard to set a platform, but with the conditions being so wet and the rain starting to come down heavily, it became very challenging for both teams. The HCS forwards secured the ball and made sure the hard yards were made. Each scrum was also a challenge for the KES pack, with the HCS scrum managing to take a few scrums against the head.
After a penalty and a kick to touch, Rob from the resulting lineout used quick thinking to crash over and score to make it 5-0 to HCS. This is how it stayed until half-time.
The second half began with KES taking the ascendancy, managing to keep the ball for long periods, but the HCS team battled very hard with each player going forward making tackles and attacking the rucks. After about 20 minutes, KES managed to keep going forward and squeezed over near the posts, adding the conversion to make it 7-5 to KES.
HCS rallied and again took the game to KES, battling hard, trying to make the hard yards. By this point the rain was coming down very hard and the players were caked in mud, making the ball very slippy and hard to control, and unfortunately we could not cross the try line. The effort put in by every member of the squad was absolutely amazing.
Players on their backs at the final whistle, bodies bruised from what was a very hard encounter. The result was probably one or two bounces of the ball away from victory, but each player played their part and can be very proud of what they achieved this year. The future looks bright for this squad and if they can carry on the way they have developed these last three years, then we can look forward to more exciting cup matches in the future.
Well done boys, you have done yourselves and the school proud.
By Mr Tom Cleary, Head of Boys’ Games