Rugby on the Rise
Over the last month, the Year 7 and 8 rugby team have been competing in a number of Rugby games, against local schools.
Their first fixture was against an experienced Southborough team. The boys having never played a competitive fixture took a while to gain their self-belief but once they scored their first try through the speed and power of Sam Powell, there was no stopping them. Trailing 5 tries to 4 at half time they had more than matched Southborough who had a number of regular rugby players. In the second half the more experienced team pulled away with the game finishing 10 tries to 6. A huge congratulations to Sam P for his man of the match performance, grabbing all 6 tries and being the stand out player.
Raynes Park then took on a Year 8 Holyfield team. Leading at half time 5 - 4 the boys had high expectations. Unfortunately a couple of substitutions by both teams saw the game change in Holyfield’s favour and they ran out eventual winners 13 – 5. Despite the result it was amazing to match a Year 8 team for skill and enthusiasm but in the end their physical presence came through.
Finally Raynes Park competed in an emerging schools tournament against Cheam and Stanley Park. RPHS lost their opening match to Stanley Park but won convincingly against Cheam. The second round of matches was similar with Stanley Park the form side winning all their games. RPHS drew their final match against Cheam and finished a respectable second. The boys were fantastic and a number of boys including, Andrey, Anton, Zeph and Ashton crossed for tries during the tournament. Player of the tournament was Zeph Stow whose ability to find space and turn the ball over made him a stand out performer on the day.
Well done to the whole squad; Zack, Anton, Toby, Billy, Ashton, Ogi, Zeph, Billy, Andrew, Andrey, Thabiso, Jaydan, Luke and Sam
Lots more exciting initiatives in the pipeline for the 2018/19 season last RPHS!