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It was a busy day of rugby at St Mary’s today with 3 teams and 3 Rugby Ambassadors all taking part in a variety of activities. The Rugby Ambassadors Ben Jubb, Alex Histed and Jack Pilling attended a Scrum Factory course at Kingston Park in the morning, a course which now enables them to coach and officiate the scrum effectively. This is something which they will use to support other students at St Mary’s in future training sessions. In the afternoon the boys continued to develop their officiating skills further, officiating the RFU All Schools Festival at Kingston Park. Another fantastic day for the boys, demonstrating excellent knowledge and behaviour at all times and really showing their confidence in their afternoon of refereeing.

Year 7 & 8 built well on their excellent attendance at training recently at the RFU All Schools Festival at Kingston Park. The Year 8 played Richard Coates Church of England Middle School, St Benet Biscops and Corbridge Middle School. The boys played some excellent rugby and were terrific in all aspects of the game against each opponent winning 4-2, 2-1 and 5-1. The top scorers on the day were Nathan Nkunku (3), Vinny Baker (3), Ben Patterson (2), Drew Lourie, Ben Rodgers and Joe Marron. The top performer for the day was Vinny Baker for his scoring and excellent running with the ball, being unstoppable at times as he raced through the defence on numerous occasions. The Year 7 team played some good rugby in their first major festival and played in fixtures against Duchess, Corbridge and Richard Coates Church of England Middle School and finished with 2 wins and 1 defeat, losing 4-2 against Duchess and winning their other 2 fixtures 6-2 and 4-1. Top performer on the day was Woody Wilson who showed some strong attacking play combined with some tough defence.

In the evening the Year 10 team travelled to Blaydon RFC for a friendly against St Thomas More Blaydon. Due to late withdrawals and injuries the team travelled with only 13 fit players which forced the team to play with no substitutes. Despite this the team started well, with some excellent rucking providing good ball for Jack Pilling at scrum half. The game was very even for the first 15 minutes, with St Thomas More leading 5-0 with an unconverted try. Ben Jubb thought he had levelled the scores as he dived into the corner to finish a good attacking move, but unfortunately for him he had forgotten that the sideline had been moved in to accommodate the lower numbers, meaning he had in fact run in to touch 3 metres short of the line! An attacking penalty within 4m of the St Thomas More line was knocked-on in the tackle and St Thomas More attacked with a lighting fast break to score, making the score 10-0 at half time. The lack of substitutes really started to take its toll on the team in the second half, particularly in the forwards, and this really effected St Mary’s ability to compete at the breakdown and in the tackle. St Thomas More were ruthless and ran in 5 tries to extend their lead, but from the final play of the game Alex Warton scored an outstanding try, weaving through the St Thomas More defence from the halfway line to score an excellent try. The final score of 37-7 was an accurate reflection of the game as St Thomas More played their best rugby as the St Mary’s defence tired. A great effort from those who attended, particularly from Jack Pilling, Ben Jubb and Alex Histed who were each fantastic in defence throughout the game. Player of the match was Alex Warton for his outstanding try and effort throughout the fixture, always chasing back and making St Thomas More go through an extra phase.

A great day for rugby at St Mary’s, with all teams involved showing their talent and abilities and playing some excellent rugby. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday each week from 3:15 – 4:30.

Mr Hook

Year 7 Team – Fenton Mitchell, Woody Wilson, Sam Jubb, Daniel Clark, Solomon Mak, Ewan Scott, Daniyal Ahmed, Oliver Wardingham, Ethan Henderson, Tomas Boothroyd, Jack Hetherington, Fintan Starkie, Finlay Old.

Year 8 Team – Ben Patterson, Ben Rodgers, Alex Sinclair, Ed Holland, Jacob Nelson, Mason Bird, Mert Alacam, Max Swinburne, Matthew Craker, Bartek Ptasek, Thomas Knighting Wykes, Lawson Da Costa, Nathan Nkunku, Vinny Baker, Adam Burnham, Drew Lourie, Joe Marron, Alex Johnston.

Year 10 Team – Ben Jubb, Alex Warton, James Houghton, Joseph Baxter, Alex Histed, Will Campbell, Julian Gibson, James Devine Oxley, Jack Pilling, Adam Butcher, Luke Devlin, Bradley Dedios, Saqlain Ghaffar.

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