Report by Mr Davies
After missing the opportunity to compete in the Lancashire Cup and following an agonising defeat in the Natwest competition, the U18 rugby squad set themselves the goal of finishing the season by winning the Lancashire Plate. Following a tough quarter final v Runshaw College and then an even tougher semi-final vs St Mary’s College, Crosby, only their closest neighbours Liverpool College could stand in their way and so all was set up for an exciting final.
St Edward’s made a great start to the game, however excellent defence from Liverpool College and some unforced errors denied them the early score. However, midway through the first half and after sustained pressure Luke D forced his way over the line, converted by Josh A much to the delight of the travelling support (thanks to Mrs Johnson for organising the supporters’ coach). St Edward’s were generally in control for most of the game however through their cohesive forward back and exciting runners in the backs Liverpool College always posed a threat.
Josh added a second half penalty and then after a couple more missed chances Michael C scored a try in the corner to extend the lead. St Edward’s should have extended their lead further however a missed 3 on 2 led to a 80m break by the Liverpool College captain who was only denied by a miraculous ankle tap tackle by Edward A. However, with increased confidence Liverpool College attacked more and scored a deserved try and then five minutes later capitalised on a mistake by St Edward's to set up a nervous final seven minutes. Thankfully, St Edward’s regained their composure and closed out the game to celebrations both on and off the pitch at the final whistle.
For a large contingent of this squad, it will be the final XV a side game that they will play for the College. It is therefore really fitting that they could go out on such a high. In addition, their parents have always supported them on the touchline and behind the scenes so it really has been a collective effort and built on the ‘community spirit’ that the College possesses.
They now have some Sevens rugby to look forward to after half term. Bring it on!