Year 10/11 Rugby Team progress into the Dorset and Wilts Quarter-Final 52-14

The next round of the U16 Dorset and Wilts rugby cup drew Purbeck at home against St Peters School. After a triumphant win against Clayesmore in the previous round, Purbeck were pumped and ready to rise to challenge.

The first 10 minutes was fiercely contested with little between the two teams with the majority of play in the middle section of the pitch. A good break from George Collington-Booth resulted in the St Peters defence all over the place, Freddie Edge picked and went to score passed two defenders with an outstretched arm despite his body falling slightly short of the line. This then spurred Purbeck on to play some of their best rugby to date. After a big tackle in midfield by Jason Liddy, the ball bobbled towards George Crouch who from his own half turned on the gas and ran through a huge hole to score under the posts, 12-0. The momentum carried on throughout the whole of the first half with Joe Ginders and Jason Liddy both scoring overlap based tries where the hard work was ground out by the forwards drawing in defenders. On the stroke of half time, a pre-planned switch move resulted in Lewis Knapman scoring sensationally from half way, making the score comprehensively 33-0 at half time.

The second was significantly more even with St Peters scoring two quick tries back to back. After a stern motivational team talk from Tom Holland behind the posts, Purbeck got straight back into 5th gear from the restart. Ben Hann intercepted a wayward pass around halfway to put him clean through only to be excellently tackled by the St Peters fly half 5m short. With some excellent support play, Luca Barrow then flopped over the line from the resultant ruck unopposed (40-14). Ben Hann was involved again 5 minutes later taking a crash ball sitting down the opposition flanker with a booming hand off to then offload to the ever present George Crouch to score his second of the game 45–14. The best try was saved until last though. Lewis Peters, who was growing in confidence produced a cross field kick which was gathered on the bounce by George Crouch to then beat four players to score under the sticks for his third of the game. Final score 52-14.

Another very comprehensive performance from the Purbeck U16 team, getting into the quarter final of the Dorset and Wilts Cup for the first time in six years. Next up is Poole Grammar School just after half term with a potential Semi-Final against Bryanston on the horizon.

Mr Tarbard
Head of PE

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