National Bowl title for Saffron Walden County High
PUBLISHED: 16:45 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 15 March 2018
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Saffron Walden County High's year 10 team lifted the National Bowl at Sixways Stadium after a 19-10 win over Worth School on Tuesday.
They were off to a fine start as Alex Keys found Matthew Rumsey to score under the posts, with Morgan Evans converting.
But they saw second row Ming Sang Ho and prop Beau Longaretti go off with injuries, having made key contributions earlier in the competition.
And Worth took advantage to score a penalty and converted try for 10-7 lead, before County were reduced to 14 men by a yellow card offence.
Ryan Curtis produced a superb covering tackle to deny Worth a try before the break and excellent tackles from captain Charlie Cansell and scrum-half Finn Thomas help their rivals up over the line in the second half.
County then turned the game back in their favour when Evans timed his run perfectly to make an interception and run through for a try, which he converted to give his side a 14-10 lead.
Fluid support play from Cansell and Fraser Murray allowed player of the match Evans to score his second try of the match in the final minute and cap a memorable victory.
PE teacher Mr Ison said: “The school and I are immensely proudof all the boys involved. They all showed real team spirit, determination and desire to come back and win the game.
“I cannot hold the squad in higher regard. They’ve become role models for younger students and created some fantastic memories by capitalsing on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Headteacher Caroline Derbyshire added: “We’re incredibly proud of our rugby team. On and off the pitch our student’s attitude was exemplary and they were fantastic ambassadors for the school.
“This victory is particularly sweet because it comes in Chris Edwards’ last year as head of PE before he retires after 36 years at SWCHS.”
Squad: Matt Rusmey, Zan Zanella, Alex Keys, Fraser Murray, Jacob Park, Morgan Evans, Finn Thomas, Beau Longaretti, Spike Walker, Ryan Curtis, Ming Sang Ho, Alex Benn, Harry Vincent-West, Charlie Cansell, Oliver Keys. Replacements: Aiden McErlain, Luhan Bely, Axel Early Nylander, Jared Pilkington, Amrik Braico, John Cannon, Pukar Gurung.