On Monday 27 January, Truro School 1st XV entertained visitors Stowe School from Oxfordshire in Round 7 of the NatWest U18 Cup.
Playing for a place in the quarter-final of the competition, the two sides endured difficult conditions on a heavy ground and with frequent wintry showers. Both defences stood firm for the first 25 minutes of the game before Stowe converted a penalty to lead 3-0.
Truro responded almost immediately with a successful penalty from South West divisional player Dan Rutter, to take the home side into the interval on level terms.
Playing against a strong wind, Truro dominated the second half with magnificent driving play from the forwards. The home side were camped in the Stowe 22 for long periods and were desperately unfortunate not to cross the line on several occasions. Sustained pressure finally told as Truro were awarded a penalty, which Rutter successfully converted to give the home side a 6-3 lead midway through the half.
Stowe continued to defend valiantly and a rare attack into the Truro half led to a penalty decision to the visitors at a scrummage with only three minutes remaining. The Stowe fly half successfully kicked the goal and the visitors managed to keep the ball following the restart to earn a 6-6 draw. The competition rules award the visiting team the victory in such circumstances.
Graham Whitmore, Director of Sport at Truro School, said: “It’s very hard to take defeat in such a manner. I was extremely proud of our players who performed with great skill and courage in very demanding conditions. Our tactics in the second half against the strong wind were superb and should have seen us close the game out. Stowe defended their line desperately and both sides deserve great credit for producing some quality rugby on a difficult day.”
You can see more pictures from the game in our gallery.
In other rugby news, Locryn Williams has been named as Captain of the U18 South West Divisional side that will play against London and South East, Midlands and the North in the final England trials. Also joining him in the side are Dan Rutter and Will Whitworth.