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Hearts of lions

2 December 2021

Our Year 9 rugby squad tried valiantly to continue their historic run and add a semi-final place to their ever growing list of achievements. 

Last week saw a tough match for our team, playing against one of the most experienced opponents in the Middlesex Cup competition and the strongest opponents our Year 9 team had ever faced. Despite this, Mr Leckey, who accompanied our team, praised our squad: “Our players showed their professionalism and determination from the very start. Every aspect of their warm up was performed with accuracy, focus and intensity. One thing was clear, we were here to beat the odds!” 

This professionalism and determination continued as the actual match got underway. Mr Leckey said: “From the first minute, our team’s tackling and strength in defence earned the respect of our opponents. After the opposition scored from a quick tap penalty, it was our turn to put our stamp on the game. Following a series of powerful carries from our forwards, we won a scrum on the opponent’s five metre line. A stable scrum, followed by a powerful carry from David, provided Westminster City School with an equalising try.

“The game then became an intense to and fro battle, with each team taking the lead but struggling to hold it. With ten minutes left, we had fallen behind by two tries. However, our players then really stepped up and showed their character. After a break from Presley, he passed the ball to Idris, who was charging in with support. A slick offload to Montana led to our deficit being half. With just minutes later, our team decimated a scrum on the opponent’s five metre line and Basit proved to be the sharpest player on the pitch at that time, seizing an opportunity to pick up the ball and tie the game at 30-30.”

Despite such a strong performance and determination to win, it was not to be. Mr Leckey explained: “To push on any further would have been an incredible feat but unfortunately it was a step too far. Our opponents, being the more experienced team, showed the importance of composure under pressure and managed to sneak a score in at the final moment.

“As this was our team’s first cup competition, all our players deserve a huge amount of credit for the skill, strength, teamwork and integrity shown throughout this competition. They have certainly thrown their hat in the ring of contenders for next year’s Middlesex Cup!”

Congratulations to all but especially to Man of the Match Miles (for his incredible effort and work throughout the whole game, never taking a step back and crossing for two tries) and our try scorers (Miles with two, David, Basit, Montana and Phillipe). 

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