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1st XV Dazzling Start to New Season

September 6th, 2012

The students have been in school during August for a variety of fitness and skill work and then prior to the start of the new academic year, travelled to King’s School Maccesfield for a pre-season festival.

The students have been in school during August for a variety of fitness and skill work and then prior to the start of the new academic year, travelled to King’s School Maccesfield for a pre-season festival. It was a tough opening game against the host school in front of a large crowd but the boys worked hard in their first competitive game since the successful tour of Argentina, eventually winning 15-0.  Next up was Malvern College, who gave a stiff challenge but in the end lost out 20-0.  A third game against old rivals Oakham produced what was probably the best team performance of the day from OSH, when we came back from a two try deficit to draw 10 all.  Finally, against Reeds School, we won 15-5 capping off a wonderful start to the new season.

Always looking to advance things, we decided this year that we would travel to Tynedale Rugby Club in the north-east to play in their U18 Cup competition.  We had a tough draw in the group stages but produced some fine displays to win the opening game against Blundell’s, then the second against Fettes College and a final group encounter with Durham School saw us come out unbeaten and top of the group.  A straight final followed against Merchiston Castle School from Edinburgh. We took the lead through Kwaku Asante, with Dominic Luxton adding the extra points to make it 7–0.  At half time, a lapse of concentration in the second half saw us let Merchiston back into the game and we fell behind 12-7 with only minutes to go. The boys remained calm under pressure and when a penalty resulted in a kick to the corner , Captain Ross Williams called for a drive off the lineout and we went over, to make it 12-12 with a kick to win.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be on this occasion and we shared the trophy with Merchiston.

 In all, 30 boys played for the School over the two days and the commitment they showed throughout the tough week of training was outstanding and will stand us in good stead for the season ahead.

A Coalter
Director of Sport