It was time for our Year 7 rugby players to go it alone. With no Year 8 players to help them, the boys made the short trip to Tarporley High School who hosted a fantastic evening of Rugby.
Abbey Gate managed to commandeer the slope and began the game with a definite advantage. In the opening exchanges Tarporley showed that they were going to be a handful, especially at the breakdowns where they were successful in making countless turnovers due to some hesitant play from the Abbey Gate forwards.
Against the run of play Abbey Gate managed to open the scoring thanks to an unbelievable kick return which saw Freddie Hewish beat 4 players before haring away to score a fabulous solo try. The boys seemed to take confidence from taking this but saw numerous passages of play foiled by excellent defending and counter rucking from the home team. The visitors did manage to extend their lead before half time with a great solo try from Joe Dayton and a strong run from Oliver Bennett, who impressed in only his second outing for the College.
At half-time coach, Mr Rowett handed a debut to cross country champion, Rufus Taylor who gave a solid account of himself on the right wing and was only denied a try by someone clinging onto the bottom of his shirt in a last ditch tackle.
Tarporley continued to cause problems at the breakdown and eventually managed to turn pressure into points, crashing over in the corner but it was Abbey Gate finished the stronger of the two with a fine solo effort from Harry Reade who had moved to inside centre.
The game was played in great spirit and both teams were able to give plenty of opportunities to boys who are still learning what the game of rugby is all about. Thank you must go to Mr Pryor for hosting and refereeing, we hope we can repay the favour after half term.
Published: Friday, 9th February 2018