Year 10 Rugby Players Narrowly Miss Out on Spot in Schools Vase Semi-Final11 February 2019
The Year 10 Rugby Team came agonisingly close to securing a place in the last four of the Schools U15 Vase on Friday, going down 14-10 to Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove.
In what was their first overnight team stay in another part of the country, the boys travelled to Hove on Thursday afternoon, before their 11.30am kick-off on Friday morning.
Penryn took an early lead following a fantastic display of scrum dominance from Aron, Ben, and Joel – before Jowan forced his way over the try line to put his team 5-0 ahead inside five minutes.
But Cardinal Newman hit back almost immediately, successfully converting a try to make it 7-5, with 10 minutes on the clock.
Difficult pitch conditions and strong winds made for a tightly-contested conclusion to the opening half, and following the half-time whistle the scoreboard remained as it was 20 minutes earlier: Cardinal Newman 7-5 Penryn College.
With weather conditions rapidly declining, the second period of the encounter became a case of preventing as many mistakes as possible, for both sides. Cardinal Newman maintained a period of pressure, with Penryn defending fantastically well to keep some strong runners at bay, but the hosts increased their lead to 14-5 following their converted try on 40 minutes.
Penryn gave their all to reduce the deficit, and with less than five minutes remaining Max powered his way across the pitch to register his team’s second try of the game, to make it 14-10.
But the visitors left it a little too late to claw their way back into the game, sinking to their knees as the final whistle sounded.
Speaking following the encounter, Rugby Coach, Mr Lugg, said: “The boys did amazingly well to reach the final eight of a prestigious national competition, and can hold their heads high.”
“The whole squad was impeccably behaved and represented the school fantastically well. They were very appreciative of the travelling contingent of parents and families cheering them on from the sidelines.”