Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Fitzgerald shines as Oratory retain Reeds Trophy

THE Oratory School’s senior sevens side retained the Reeds Trophy on Sunday when they beat Hurst 26-12 in the final.

THE Oratory School’s senior sevens side retained the Reeds Trophy on Sunday when they beat Hurst 26-12 in the final.

Captain Rob Huysinga led the team into the first pool game against Reigate Grammar at Reed’s School in Cobham.

Good possession rugby and an ability to win every restart meant Oratory ran out comfortable 45-10 winners with Eze Ejikeme scoring the first try of a one-sided encounter.

In their next match the Oratory scored three tries to 15-0 up against Hurst. However, Hurst stormed back to score three second half tries, converting one of them, to win 17-15.

The Oratory’s last group match saw them narrowly beat hosts Reed’s 14-10 to secure a spot in the semi-final.

After a short break the Oratory took a 7-0 lead against St John’s Leatherhead in what was a tight encounter.

The Woodcote-based school then held on with a good defensive performance and last minute tackles to secure a place in the final against Hurst.

In the final the Oratory started strongly and took the lead.

Creative use of the ball led to gaps appearing in the Hurst defence, which were fully exploited as Atkinson, Crawley and then Fitzgerald with the try of the day, left the sweeper for dead with an side step before sprinting in from the halfway line to help his side retain the trophy.

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