Saffron Walden County High chase rugby glory
PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 March 2018
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Saffron Walden County High School’s year 10 rugby team booked their place in the final of the Natwest RBS National Bowl with a convincing 31-0 win over Emmanuel College (Gateshead) this week.
And they will aim to lift the silverware when they take on Crawley’s Worth School at Sixways, home of Aviva Premiership club Worcester Warriors, on Tuesday (March 13).
Both teams began well in the semi-final tie, looking to move the ball whenever possible in an open, entertaining and well-matched first quarter.
Walden came close to scoring out wide on two occasions, before Alex Keys crossed for the first try following some excellent handling and recycling.
Morgan Evans added the conversion to make it 7-0 and Fraser Murray – who was outstanding throughout – ran in a second try, also converted.
Ryan Curtis then took a direct route with a strong run taking him under the posts and allowing Evans to kick his third conversion for a 21-0 advantage at half time.
County High were reduced to 14 men minutes into the second half, though, when the referee issued a straight red card for a dangerous tackle.
But the team’s spirit was strong enough to continue to play with real determination, epitomised by a significant chase and tackle by Murray to prevent a certain score.
Emmanuel enjoyed a strong passage of play midway through the half, but strong tackling and excellent defence generally enabled County High to hold out.
Some intelligent tactical kicking helped to alleviate the pressure and in the last quarter a classic catch and drive movefrom a line-out saw Ming Sang Ho crash over.
Then, to cap a man of the match performance, centre Murray scythed through the visiting defence to complete the scoring with County High’s fifth try of the afternoon.
Now, having beaten Parkside Federation, The Knights Templar School, King Edward VI Grammar School (Chelmsford), Aylesbury’s Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School and Gloucester’s Severn Vale School en route to the last four, they will look for one more win next week.
Details will be posted on the schools website and Twitter page @pe_swchs