The Worcester News described last night’s performance of the RGS 1st XV as “a heroic display of guts and determination” as they won a hard-fought 13-10 victory over King’s School in the Modus Cup at Sixways.
The report continued as follows:
RGS slowly took a stranglehold on the game and the deadlock was finally broken mid-way through the first half when Joe Thomson slotted home a penalty from long range. When the ball bounced off the post, landing on the wrong side of the whitewash, only to then bounce over the crossbar, even the most pessimistic of supporters could dare to dream that this would be RGS’ night!
King’s replied with a three-pointer of their own four minutes later but after a sustained period of pressure by RGS, a well-executed drop goal by Thomson meant that RGS took a deserved 6-3 lead at the interval.
After an edgy first ten minutes of the second half, the match sparked into life when Thomas Matthews burst through a gap in the King’s defence, before releasing James Aikman who was brought down just before the try line. However, RGS remained patient before Benn Llewellyn popped the ball to Matthews who went over for the try. Thomson added the extras to move RGS 13-3 in front.
King’s responded impressively, highlighting the power in their line-up with some probing runs. RGS’ resistance was finally broken on 65 minutes as Summerwill dotted down in the corner after some good build up play. The fly-half then dusted himself down and landed a touchline conversion to get his side within three points. Changes were made in the RGS backline and this gave them renewed energy as they made tackle after tackle, refusing to let King’s through. A turnover followed and following a period of ball retention from RGS, King’s gave away a penalty that turned out to be the last play of the game. Llewellyn, who was quite superb on the night, fittingly kicked the ball in to touch to spark jubilant celebrations!
Guy Marson, our Modus sponsor, commented upon how impressed he was by the boys’ behavior when he presented them with the Cup. He said they were real gentlemen and a credit to RGS>
Gareth Roots, Director of Sport at RGS Worcester said, “The performance and passion that the RGS pupils played with was truly inspirational. The RGS Charter for Sport, which asks for pupils to be ‘resolute, gracious, selfless and willing’ could not be more applicable to this group of players. They did themselves and the RGS community proud – Worcester really is Green!”
Photography of the event can be viewed and purchased here. Event code: SPORT