Monday, 08 August 2022

Green bags five tries as Blue Coat’s U13s win county cup

SONNING pupils gained success in one of the three County Cup finals they contested at Newbury last week.

SONNING pupils gained success in one of the three County Cup finals they contested at Newbury last week.

The afternoon’s competition started off for Reading Blue Coat with the U13A team beating Newbury side St Bartholomew’s School 49-5 to win their respective age group cup.

An early try scored by Stuart Boyd from a number eight pick-up settled the side’s nerves. The team scored nine tries, with five from man-of-the-match Michael Green, two from Ethan Pinnock and one each from Alec McEwan and Boyd with conversions by Paddy Spiers and Will Dexter.

For the other two Blue Coat teams playing in Newbury, their progress to the final was groundbreaking as both the U15B and the 2nd XV (U18s) were the first B teams ever to reach the county cup finals. The sides were entered into the tournament as the A team’s were competing in the Daily Mail knockout cups.

In the U15B final, Blue Coat went down to a 19-10 defeat against Emmbrook U15A.

Emmbrook stormed across the try line in the first five minutes of the match but Blue Coat hit back with some flowing rugby from the backs to score a try after 15 minutes. Emmbrook scored another try just before half-time. Both teams scored again in the second half as Emmbrook secured the trophy.

The 2nd XV’s cup run culminated in a 22-12 defeat against The Downs School 1st XV.

The Downs went ahead with an early penalty when Blue Coat handled the ball on the floor. Despite a period of pressure, Blue Coat were unable to come away with any points and a missed penalty compounded their situation.

The Downs scored an unconverted try in the corner and at this point Blue Coat School were under real pressure. However, a misguided clearance led to a try for the Blue Coat School. A catch from Ben Harding-Laleman led to Will Martin going over in the corner for an unconverted try to make the score 8-5. The Downs responded with a penalty to make the score 11-5 at half-time.

In the second half, The Downs scored and converted a try from a maul under the posts and Blue Coat School looked out of the contest. However, they refused to give in and continued to try and up the pace of the game. This inevitably led to more mistakes in the windy conditions due to the high risks that they were taking, and, as they continued to chase the game, a breakaway led to a further penalty for The Downs, which their 10 successfully knocked over. In the end, pressure from Blue Coat School led to a try in the corner for Alex Nikolatos, which Luke Nicholls converted successfully but it was a little too late.

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