THE Henley College AASE rugby squad travelled to Georgia to play the national U18 rugby team in what was the
THE Henley College AASE rugby squad travelled to Georgia to play the national U18 rugby team in what was the first full age group international for a visiting side.
The game was being used as a warm-up by Georgia before they play Ireland in the U18 European Championships.
The game was given plenty of media coverage on local TV and national newspapers.
The match started at a blistering pace and was very physical. This was not a surprise to the visitors as the Georgians have a reputation for being strong in the forwards and always bring a physicality to their game. The hosts’ backs were also skilful.
The game was evenly matched until just before half-time with Connor Morrison scoring a try for Henley College which was converted by Jake Elias. Just before the interval Georgia scored a converted try to put the hosts 19-7 ahead.
Immediately after the break Georgia scored again as they took control of the game. Colin Kerins scored a second try for Henley College but it was the hosts who ran out 41-12 winners.
After the game Martin Unsworth and Danny Batty, Henley College’s manager and coach respectively, held talks with the Georgian officials with a view to forging closer links between the two sides.