The Year 10 boys wrapped up their rugby for the season with them attending the invitational Millfield School 10-a- side tournament. This is a tournament which has been running at the prestigious school in Somerset for a number of years now, with the Clyst Vale side of 2012 bringing home the plate competition.
The boys were simply brilliant throughout the afternoon, placed in a very tough group alongside Millfield A and Ivybridge College B, both very strong rugby schools and running out second best, but remaining competitive. Highlights were Joe Blackburn’s try against Ivybridge off the kick off and Alex Roger’s length of the field sprint against Millfield! Despite the losses, the lads battled well throughout, despite injuries to Charlie Sparkes, Brad Maunder and Harrison Tarrant.
The day finalised with a rare opportunity, playing on the Sir Gareth Edwards First XV pitch in the epicentre of the Millfield Campus. Few rugby players get this opportunity to play on this hallowed turf, with the lads taking on Barry School from Cardiff in a 3rd place playoff. Despite outstanding performances and scores from Abe Alabaidi in the corner, who could and have had one more that was chalked off, and Joe Blackburn tearing through the middle, the boys bowed out with a valiant 48-19 loss. Other highlights of the day were Ben Parsons stepping and handoffs, Harrison Tarrant’s weaving run, Alex Rogers physicality, Charlie Sparkes leg drive and pace, Barnaby Bilton’s cover in defence, Jacob Lush’s scrummaging, Josh Urwin-Barrett and Matt Wright’s weaving runs on the wing, Brad Maunder’s power through contact and Edwin Choi’s low tackles on very strong and fast Millfield players, despite being a Badminton player!
Once again, these boys were fine representatives of the College and a true pleasure to take away and to compete, on and off the field. Very well done to all of the squad.
Mr A Pearce