Shrewsbury School

Rugby: 1st VII win Stonyhurst Plate Competition

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Congratulations to the 1st and U16 VIIs on their tremendous performances in the Stonyhurst Sevens Tournament – and particularly to the 1st VII, who won the Plate.

Despite tough group draws, both teams progressed to the knock-out stages of the competition.

The U16s scored notable wins over Merchant Taylors' and St Edward’s, with a narrow loss to Kirkham Grammar. Fantastic performances from across the squad enabled the team to score some fine tries, with Will Stanford-Davies, George Ludlam and Oli Taylor in particular off-loading effectively to take the team through to the quarter-finals. They found the knock-out stage a step too far, however, with a well-drilled Oratory side proving a handful.

The 1st team found themselves in a pool of death, with three sides tied for the top spot after one loss each in their pool of five: Lancaster Grammar, King’s Macclesfield and Shrewsbury. On conversion count-back they found ourselves in the Plate competition, and set out on the task to win it.

The team breezed past Rossall School in the quarter-finals (47-0), before defeating Birkenhead 26-7 in the semi-final. By the last match of the day the team were carrying knocks and bruises, and exhaustion was running high. But only 15 minutes stood between the team and silverware, and they were determined not to go home empty handed!

Facing a Cheadle Hulme side that they had beaten 26-10 in the group stages, they knew that they had the skills to win the match; it was just a case of trying to stave of the tired legs long enough to win!

The match got off to a flyer, with Tom Plaut scooting round the outside right winger to touch down in the corner. Soon Felix Kenyon-Smith had chipped over the top and chased down his kick to score under the posts, before Arron Lewis used his strength to hand off a Cheadle player and touch down under the posts. By half-time Plaut had scored another on the right wing, and at 26-0 by half-time we were in a strong place.

Though Cheadle scored after half-time, a Frank Morris side-step and break finished off the match as a contest, and even though Remnant’s final try was called back for a forward pass, the boys had won a memorable victory, 33-7.

A great time was had by all in the sunshine at Stonyhurst, with coaches Norman Stalker, Peter Cook and Steve Rintoul encouraging the boys effectively throughout the day.

Chris Cook
Teacher in Charge of Rugby

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