Shrewsbury School

Rugby: 1st XV in fine form in the NatWest Vase

Friday 5 October 2018

The 1st XV played Ellesmere College in the NatWest Vase last week and put in a superb performance to claim victory and secure safe passage to Round 3.

At this stage of the tournament it’s sudden death, so the prospect of Ellesmere looked like a tough challenge. However, with confidence high from wins earlier this season, the scene was set and, pumped up for the afternoon, the team got off to a flying start.

Using our pods effectively, the Ellesmere team were moved around the pitch to create space into which to launch attacks. With a useful bump of the knee, Joe Scott (O) picked up a stray ball, and dropped over the line to open the scoring. Our pressure forced stray Ellesmere kicking, from which Harry Remnant (Ch) counter-attacked to set up a perfect position from which the forwards were able to muscle over in the corner, with Jacob Jefferis (SH) claiming the final touch.

To top off a phenomenal opening 20 minutes, Remnant (Ch) then countered again, handing off with strength to score under the posts. The wind had been blown out of the Ellesmere sails, with the half-time score 21-0.

The second half started with a more dynamic Ellesmere performance as they finally started to put together moves and break the Shrewsbury defensive line. A thunderous run up the pitch by Ellesmere’s giant number 8 finally broke through to move the score to 21-5. However, we rarely looked under pressure again and, when Luka Cassidy (R) cut a great line back inside to score, the game had been put to bed.

Frank Morris (O) continued his effective spot kicking throughout, with 4 conversions and a penalty to give a final score 31-5. 

The cup run remains well and truly alive!

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