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The St John’s U15A rugby side have celebrated an unbeaten season after defeating all their opponents this term.
Determined to overcome the two losses from last season, they played some outstanding rugby, scoring 40 points or more in eight of their eleven matches. In total, they scored 487 points and conceded only 110. Playing an attacking brand of rugby, they proved the importance of getting the basics right allied to flair and grit. The result was that they ran away with most of their matches. Even when confronted by tight games, though, they demonstrated calmness and resolve to see them through, not least coming back from 0-17 down against Brighton College to win 19-17. Jack Musk, the captain, has proven himself to be an inspirational leader as well as a quite outstanding player, although he was ably supported by a strong team that included three other Harlequins academy players: Will Sanders, Tom Davison and Louis Coyle. Most of all, however, it was the skill and hunger of the whole squad which saw them to their success.
Director of Sport Nick Platt said, “We knew that this group of players was particularly talented – both in terms of their skills, but also with regards to their desire to improve and play for each other. Achieving an unbeaten season on such a tough circuit is no mean feat and the boys should be rightly proud of themselves. This was a great team effort and demonstrates the strength of St John’s rugby, incorporating an excellent crop of players and some high-quality coaches. We look forward to developing the boys further, many of whom are involved in our sports scholars’ programme, as they move up through the School.
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