Purbeck U16 Rugby beat Clayesmore 17-5

This week was the beginning of the Dorset and Wilts Rugby Cup competitions in which the Purbeck School were entered at both U16 and U14. This competition is run throughout the Winter Term and covers two counties incorporating private, grammar and state schools.

The Purbeck U16s travelled to Clayesmore as underdogs, but dominated a game demonstrating pure grit and determination. The precedence was set right from the kick off, where phase after phase the Purbeck forwards worked the ball gradually up the pitch to then park themselves for the majority of the first half within the Clayesmore half. After spurning numerous try scoring opportunities, Purbeck finally found the break through 20 minutes in. A pre-planned move from the base of the scrum allowed Lewis Peters to screen pass the ball behind Ollie Griffiths-Hughes’ back to the on coming George Crouch at full pace off his blind side wing. This put George through a gaping whole in the defence with just the full-back to beat, which he did convincingly. 5-0.

Purbeck then immediately pressurised the Claysmore try line, and from a quick tap penalty Ben Hann took a crash ball falling inches short from the line. Purbeck recycled quickly, with scrum half Tom Holland darting over the line from a pick and go. 10-0. The remainder of the first half consisted of Purbeck having huge amounts of possession and territory but not converting pressure into points.

The second half began brightly with Freddie Edge hitting an excellent short line from the edge of the ruck to bundle the ball over the line. This was converted well by Lewis Peters, 17-0. Purbeck then competed valiantly with a strong defence to hold out right until the last minute of the game, where some individual brilliance from the opposition centre created an overlap for Clayesmore to score in the corner. Final score: 17-5.

Overall an outstanding performance from the U16 team which was made up of 50% year 10 students. The next round is a home game against the winner of Gillingham or St Peters. The U14 team narrowly lost to the Gryphon School 28-22 which means they now move into the plate competition.

Mr Tarbard
Head of PE

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