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The St John’s rugby teams have had an outstanding season and finished the term in style winning their final block of the season against Epsom College.
Many teams returned winning seasons, with the U15Bs recording their second successive unbeaten campaign (including 18 tries for George Sellick). However, the main plaudits on Saturday were reserved for the 1st XV who beat Epsom 15-10. The team has had a stellar season, only losing two Saturday fixtures, by 3 points and 1 point respectively. In the process they scored an impressive 381 points in 11 games, conceding only 124.
Playing with attacking flair, some of the tries scored were quite sensational. A nervy start saw both sides making uncharacteristic mistakes and it was Epsom who struck first to lead 7-0. Archie Dunnill then pounced on a defensive error at the base of the scrum to score an opportunist try and reduce the deficit to 7-5. A penalty to Epsom meant they led 10-5 at the break.
The second half saw St John’s play with better vision and execution and the momentum was with the away side. Hugo Coughlan kicked a penalty to reduce Epsom’s lead to 10-8 before some outstanding handling by the backs allowed Toby McRae to score a crucial try (converted by Coughlan) which put St John’s ahead 10-15. As the clock ticked down Epsom gained possession on the St John’s line. Some heroic defence kept them at bay before the referee blew for full time sending the St John’s players and supporters into raptures.
Nick Platt, the School’s 1st XV coach, commented: “The rugby club as a whole is to be commended for playing such good rugby, whether for an A side or a D side. The passion for the game is there with the pupils proud to represent their School.
“The 1st XV deserve all of the recognition coming their way. They have worked extremely hard in training and this has allowed them to produce some exceptional performances on match days, with some brilliantly created and executed tries. There are some quite outstanding players in the side, but the boys have played as a team and it is this unity which has been the side’s greatest strength. The result against Epsom was a great reward for their efforts, especially for those who wore the St John’s shirt for the last time.”
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