Sir Thomas Rich’s Under 16s memorable victory.
This term has seen the School involved in a number of very prestigious fixtures against some of the country's best rugby playing schools. Both the 1st XV and Under 16's played Millfield, the 1st team travelled to Somerset and were narrowly beaten 21 – 14.
Two weeks later the Under 16s hosted Millfield in a keenly contested fixture that will live long in the memory. Rich's started well and took a 6 – 0 lead through two well struck Will Allenby penalties. Millfield then capitalised on a poor clearance kick to run in an unconverted try, to leave the game nicely poised at 6 -5 to the home side. The home side responded superbly to conceding a try and scored a try of their own through second row Louie Earle – Davis, Allenby calmly added the conversion. Captain Allenby added his third penalty just before half time and the home side went in at the break leading 16 – 6.
The second half started with Rich's showing even greater intensity and open side flanker Gabriel Chelotti powered over from close range to further increase the home sides lead. Allenby's excellent afternoon with the boot continued as he added his second conversion, Rich's now led 23 – 5. STRS didn't relax and soon they found themselves inside the Millfield twenty two and a further infringement allowed Allenby to convert his fourth successful penalty to further increase the lead. The Oakleaze scoreboard now read STRS 26 Millfield 5. Millfield threw everything they had at the Rich's defence but the boys defended their line superbly. The passionate home crowd roared the boys to one of the Schools finest ever victories and one that will certainly go down in the School's history.
As ever the School has had a busy term with rugby fixtures and every year group
has notched some exceptional wins.
The 1st XV bounced back from the defeat at Millfield to comprehensively win at home against Solihull by 29 points to 12. On the same day the 2nd XV carried on their excellent run of results beating Solihull and remain unbeaten since early October. They have amassed nine victories in a row including wins against Old Swinford Hospital, Pate's Grammar School and King Edward's, Bath.
Lower down the School the Under 15s have had recent victories over Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School and Crypt. The Under 14s put in their best performance of the year beating Bournside in the county cup quarter final by 15 points to 14, tries from Miles Wilson (2) and Joe Hocking typified the outstanding effort shown by the boys on the day. This avenged a 44 points to 19 defeat against the same opposition earlier in the season. The win set up a semi – final tie against St. Peter's with the winner progressing to the final at Kingsholm.
The Under 13s fixtures have been hit by the weather since Christmas. They lost a tight game against Northampton School for Boys 17 – 7. The Under 12s continue to produce strong results, the A team have beaten both Old Swinford and Solihull since Christmas. The B team beat Old Swinford and managed a hard fought draw against Solihull. The C team put in their best performance of the year beating Solihull by 40 points to 15, scoring eight tries in the process.
This weekend brings one of the greatest challenges schools face, a full block of fixtures against Warwick School. Good luck to all the boys who are involved.