RUGBY: Grammar’s double delight at young duo’s cup progress

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Spalding Grammar School’s rugby teams are celebrating more success after the under-15 and under-13 teams followed the standard set by the 1st XV last week.

The under-15s were in action against King’s Grantham in the third round of the NatWest National Cup – and started in blistering style, scoring three quick tries in the space of 15 minutes.

Both teams were then awarded penalty tries to make it 25-5 in Grammar’s favour at the half-time interval.

The Grantham side came out fighting after the break and the game was always on a knife edge.

And, with eight minutes remaining, King’s scored out wide to put the pressure back on Spalding. The Grammar refused to buckle under the pressure though, and continued to play for territory as they saw the game out.

Thomas Birdseye and William Jupp were dominant for the Spalding, while strong performance from fly-half Oliver Johnson and centres JJ Faulkner and Corey Lewis ensured they controlled the middle of the pitch.

The under-13s, meanwhile, made their progress to the next round of their national cup a little bit easier.

Facing a large Nottingham High School forward pack, the Grammar team were able to utilise the power and speed of their backs and run their opponents all over the park.

The first two Grammar tries came from moves straight from the training ground, as some clever passing saw centre William Hughes break the Nottingham defence and score twice under the posts.

The Nottingham team came back strongly through their tall and powerful forwards to keep Spalding in reach. After exchanging tries, the game settled down and it was Spalding who were able to capitalise again with another five tries.

The pick of the bunch came towards the end as some good support play and quick hands saw Patrick Harrington go over the white line for Spalding.

The under-13s are still unbeaten and again showed the huge potential that they have.

The backs were once again dominant, with Harrington running the show at ten and the twin-brother pairing of William and Charles Hughes causing problems all day for the Nottingham defence.

The next opponents for the Grammar lads is still to be confirmed – but it will, however, involve a little bit of travelling.