On Sunday 1 December, a 30 strong touring party from King’s School, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, arrived in Truro to be hosted by our 1st XV and 2nd XV players. King’s are one of Australia’s leading rugby schools, having produced 28 Wallabies, including four captains.
The 1st XV match on Tuesday proved to be an outstanding showcase for schools rugby with both sides providing great entertainment for the large crowd. King’s went into a 5-0 lead after six minutes and there was no further score in the first half, as both sides defences remained strong.
Truro reduced the deficit to 5-3 with a penalty from W. Whitworth shortly after the break, but defensive errors allowed King’s to score two tries to lead 17-3 midway through the half. Truro responded strongly and replied with an outstanding run and touchdown in the corner by young debutant F. Lowry, converted superbly by Whitworth.
At 10-17 Truro exerted great pressure on the tourists, and almost scored through G. Hooper and M. Ahrens. With the last play of the match, Truro were camped on the visitors line and looked certain to score and draw the game, but an unlikely turnover and clearance gave King’s their victory.
Truro’s approach play and defence were superb for much of the match, but they will rue a lack of composure and execution of lineout plays – in particular inside the opposition 22m on too many occasions.
Director of Sport