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St Joseph's College wins National Schools Rugby Festival

Published Wednesday 10th of November 2010 03:16:35 PM


Yet again outstanding sunshine greeted the sixteen teams attending the twenty third St Joseph's College National Schools Rugby Festival. New teams in attendance were Stamford of Lincolnshire and RGS Guildford.

St Jo's are now running their own version of the Five Nations Championships with sides from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

The tournament opened and ended with passionate matches between St Joseph's and Campbell. Throughout the tournament the home side continually showed the very best in schoolboy rugby and this was rewarded by remaining unbeaten throughout their six games up to the final.

Their opponents in the cup final were Campbell of Belfast who lost only one game which was in the opening match against St Joseph's.

Supported by a large home crowd and buoyed by their Saturday win over Campbell, St Joseph's maintained their form scoring an early try through Gabriel Carroll. But it was Campbell who hit back to score and with the conversion take a 5-7 lead. Roared on by the crowd St Joseph's fired back onto the attack knowing that they had to score to win. After heavy pressure winger Chris Lord was able to plunge over in the corner and the conversion restored the St Joseph's lead at 12-10. Continuing to attack from the re-start a position was built from which Alex Day was able to cross the line for the third try. The conversion took the final score to 19-7 to St Joseph's and the players were engulfed at the final whistle as the home crowd celebrated the first St Joseph's win since 1995.

The plate final was an extremely close affair in which RGS High Wycombe had a number of chances to score but their kicking let them down before they managed to land the critical kick to win three nil. Opponents Tonbridge had a chance to equalise in the last minute but their attempt fell just short.

Presentations were made by special guests Pat Sanderson and Miles Benjamin of Worcester Warriors and Asics ambassadors.

Try of the tournament went to Chris Lord of St Joseph's College against John Fisher, this saw Chris finish an excellent piece of team play in the left hand corner to win their first cup group match on Sunday morning.

The Nick Duncombe Player of the Tournament went to Alex Day of St Joseph's College who will be playing for England U18 in the forthcoming internationals and european championships.

Always keen to start the next generation of players, the afternoon featured a treat for the large crowd as the St Joseph's,minis put on a display of tag rugby with boys and girls from the ages of 5 through to 11.

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