RUGBY: Grammar boys deliver best show yet

BIG WIN: Spalding Grammar School under-15s saw off De Aston 44-5. Photo supplied
BIG WIN: Spalding Grammar School under-15s saw off De Aston 44-5. Photo supplied
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Spalding Grammar School’s under-15 side continued their impressive run in the NatWest National School Rugby Union Cup with a dominant 44-5 win over De Aston.

The conditions were ideal for the round four clash, which gave the Grammar side the opportunity to play their expansive style of rugby.

The breakthrough came after ten minutes of play when some quick hands pushed the ball from one side of the pitch to the other for winger Harry Hagon-Smith to touch down under the posts. Oliver Johnson duly converted.

Straight from kick off the Grammar side once again pushed the opposition back into their own half.

The Spalding side were then able to capitalise after some intelligent breakdown work from Luke Jones and Thomas Birdseye to turn over the ball.

They then passed the ball down the line for the other winger, Luke Russon, to put the ball over the line.

A deflated De Aston then let a spritely William Jupp charge down the wing after catching the restart before setting the platform for the next attack.The Grammar school were relentless and later on in the same move it was Jupp who powered his way over for another try.

Spalding managed to score two more tries before half time through Hal Whyatt and Oliver Johnson, which put them 27-0 up at the break.

Captain Corey Lewis dealt the decisive blow after half time, brushing aside the first two defenders before charging over the line.

The last two tries both came from substitute winger Lorimer Thomas after more great teamwork.

Both times, the forwards set up the platform deep into the De Aston 22m, which suckered in their defence. The ball was then moved down the line for Thomas to score out wide.

To the credit of De Aston, they never gave up or dropped their heads – and they were rewarded with a late try after producing some clever rugby of their own.

Spalding’s director of rugby Chris Crane said: “This was their best performance of the season so far, which shows all the hard work that coach Mr Venables and the students have put in. The boys are growing in maturity and this can be seen by the manner in which they are playing.”

Spalding now face a trip to York in the next round where they will play either Pocklington School or St Peter’s.