The Natwest Schools Cup is well underway and we are delighted to say that schools wearing Gilbert kit are performing well.
With the majority of second round matches now complete, teams are just two victories away from a quarter-final match.
Felsted School, one of Gilbert’s longest standing partnerships, played their second round match in the U18’s competition on October 11th when they travelled to Colchester Rugby Club to take on St Joseph’s College Ipswich. Felsted had only beaten St Joseph’s once since 2013, so they were going into the game as slight underdogs.
The game – kicking off at 7pm, would be under the floodlights, adding to what was already an electric atmosphere, with a huge number of St Joseph’s students making a cacophony of noise.
Felsted Captain Ned Potter - with the assistance of Greg Oxlade - opened the scoring with a try from a well worked scrum 10 meters from the St Joseph’s try line; Tom Walker converted to make it 7-0.
The second try came after continued pressure on the home try line for the best part of 10 phases of play. Scrum half Henry Glydon delivered a miss pass - which fortuitously stood the defence up allowing Piers Martin on the left wing to run over. St Joseph’s immediately replied with a converted try through midfield, closing the arrears to 12-7.
Felsted re-established their 12 point buffer following good transition from defence to attack. From their own 22 metre line, the visitors turned over a St Joseph’s lineout and Tom Hitchcock broke away down the right wing. Hitchcock delivered a perfectly weighted pass to Tom Walker, who was rewarded for his lung-busting pitch long sprint. The same player converted his own try.
The second half was less free flowing – numerous Felsted opportunities were wasted, while the home side got to within a converted score with a couple of kicks. When Felsted went down to 14 players on two occasions it seemed like they might buckle, but resolute defending ensured a 19-13 victory.
Felsted will play the winner of The Campion School, Hornchurch and The Coopers’ Company & Coborn School in round three.
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