It was fantastic to have Rugby School back on the fixture for the 2018 season. The block fixture was made even more special by the presence of the Bedford School 1st XV of the 1960s. It was a pleasure to welcome them back to enjoy watching history being made on the pitches once again. The 1st XV put on a great first half display with expansive and fast flowing rugby. Thanks to a couple of wonderfully taken first half tries, Bedford started the second half with confidence. Unfortunately, the power of the Rugby School players shone through and, as fatigue set in the Bedford ranks, Rugby started to break tackles and finished the game comfortable winners.
The U14F team started their touch rugby campaign with an honourable draw against the Rugby U14E team. Putting out six rugby teams at U14 is a real strength of the school rugby club and we are thankful for Rugby School for being of a similar mind-set and adapting the laws for boys completely new to the game. The U14E team stepped up a gear and managed to hold a Merchant Taylor’s U14C team to a draw, well done boys!
Continuing the trend from last year, the 2nd and 3rd teams had the greater balance of success on the field. The strength in depth of the rugby club continues to be a real asset and is testament to the commitment of the boys in training and matches.
The A and B teams will face a new challenge next week in the form of Sedbergh School, who can boast a highly successful rugby history. However, the last time the schools’ 1st XV met it was Bedford who came out on top in their epic Champions Trophy semi-final encounter in 2015. These games will be played at Keele University.