Rugby Boys Narrowly Miss Out on Cup Triumph
05 Apr 2019
Ashby's boys' rugby team narrowly missed out on victory in the County Cup after a close-run battle against Loughborough Grammar School.
PE teacher Ricky Wickwar reports:
'The lads arrived at Leicester Forest East RFC in buoyant mood and excited at the prospect of a county cup victory against Loughborough Grammar school.
Tristan Davies led the team into battle for the last Year 11 game. Loughborough started the stronger of the two teams and scored within the first few minutes of the game. Ashby got caught napping: 5-0 to LGS.
Ashby from the kick off put pressure on LGS and for their efforts managed to get a penalty which Danny O’Regan slotted home for three points from the kicking tee, making it 5-3 to LGS.
This put Ashby in the driving seat. They drove back up to the try line, with powering runs through Chester Owen, Joe Noon and Tom Lane. The ball went out wide and Harrison Kemp dotted over for the score, with Danny O’Regan getting the conversion. 10-5 to Ashby.
The lads continued to put pressure on with some big hits from Owen Seymour, Marcel Bosma and James Stafford, and got another chance with a penalty kick. Danny O’Regan put this away to make it 13-5 to Ashby School. Moments before half time, LGS came back into the game with some big ball carriers which got them over to make the score 13-10 to Ashby at half time.
The second half started as the first finished, LGS leading the way with some well drilled moves, only for Joe Noon and Will Field to put in some excellent cover tackles to stop them from scoring. Eventually the huge defensive effort was tiring Ashby out and LGS went over to score a try to regain the lead 17-13.
Ashby showed admirable grit, determination and passion throughout but unfortunately LGS scored another through some slick hands as Ashby started to tire, making it 24-13. It was a tense finish as Tristian Davies broke the line and was inches away from reducing the deficit but unfortunately got caught short and the game finished 24-13 to LGS.
This makes Ashby proud runners up in the County Cup.
The lads showed a huge amount of passion and energy throughout the game and did the school proud against a well drilled opposition. On another day it could have gone the other way, but unfortunately on this occasion we were second best. For this group of lads, they thoroughly deserve the medal they were awarded at the end of the game for all their efforts over the two years of playing rugby at Ashby School.'