September 26th, 2016

Bromsgrove School reaches Twickenham for second consecutive year

Bromsgrove School reaches Twickenham for second consecutive year Bromsgrove School reaches Twickenham for second consecutive year
Bromsgrove celebrate reaching the NatWest Schools Under-18 cup (s).

BROMSGROVE School are to appear at Twickenham for the second year running after reaching the final of the prestigious NatWest Schools Under-18 Cup.

On Saturday, Bromsgrove’s under-18s romped to an impressive 50-24 victory over Whitgift at the Allianz Park on Saturday and will now meet Queen Elizabeth School from Wakefield on March 16 (Wednesday) where they will hope to retain their trophy.

Pupils and parents of both teams supported the game in good fashion and were treated to a dominant performance from Bromsgrove whose forwards handled the ball well, while staying strong in the defence.

Bromsgrove started the game in emphatic fashion and in a commanding first half performance, they found themselves 38-0 up going into the interval.

Following the break, the next 35 minutes of rugby saw Bromsgrove add another 15 points to their tally, while Whitgift bagged themselves four tries; showcasing the type of rugby which secured them a place in the semi-finals.

Pupils and parents of both teams supported the game in good fashion and were treated to a dominant performance from Bromsgrove whose forwards handled the ball well, while staying strong in the defence.

Tony Windo, director of rugby at Bromsgrove School, said: “The first half was just about the best we have played this season; we started well and combined well which was very pleasing.

“These lads have all come up through the school together and take great pride in their performance.

“We were well supported last season at Twickenham and it’s great to be going back but we will have to play well to win.”

Bromsgrove go into the final as strong favourites against Queen Elizabeth School who claimed a narrow 21-12 victory over Warwick in the other semi-final.

In last season’s Natwest Schools Under-18 Cup, Bromsgrove put an end to Dulwich College’s (London) three-year reign with a 30-18 victory.

Peter Clague, headmaster at Bromsgrove School, said: “Following our success in the national Final last year, much has been anticipated of this year’s first fifteen.

“However, the boys have neither bowed to the pressure nor become arrogant.

“Their mutual commitment as a team, to the School and to each other, has been a hallmark of their season and key to their success.

“They go into the final with a potent combination of humility and desire.”

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