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Fraser Youens Tag Rugby Competition

A school that has such a rugby pedigree as The RGS does, there was no surprise that the Fraser Youens tag rugby competition meant a lot to many of the boys in the house, from first teamers wishing to show off their talent to budding year 7s trying to prove that they were as good as their sixth form counterparts.

After a long bank-holiday weekend, life at Fraser Youens resumed. Greeted by a cloudless, sapphire blue sky as we arose on this fine day, anticipation hung in the air, the normally silent canteen, full of bleary-eyed boys was alive with a buzz that can only otherwise be found on the morning of a test match at Lords. For today was judgement day.

A school that has such a rugby pedigree as The RGS does, there was no surprise that the Fraser Youens tag rugby competition meant a lot to many of the boys in the house, from first teamers wishing to show off their talent to budding year 7s trying to prove that they were as good as their sixth form counterparts. For others however it offered an opportunity to halt revision and clear the head with some fresh air or for a few just a bit of fun outdoors with their mates. Whatever the reason, the excitement was clear by the time 5 o’clock struck and boots were pulled on.

The crunch of studs on tarmac signalled the steady stream of boys venturing across the road over to Uplyme. By now the magnificent weather that had blessed us this morning was long gone and instead weather far closer to that found in the rugby season greeted us as we arrived. Heavy grey clouds carpeted the once shining sun and a darkness had descended as a crowd of about seven boys, waiting to be picked up from their cricket game, watched and waited with bated breath.

What unfolded next was nothing short of exceptional, the talent of rugby on display had the quickly diminishing crowd turning around from their conversations to watch the boys elegantly parade around the paddock like dressage ponies. The eight teams were split into two pools and each played on half a pitch with one refereed by Mr Scourfield and the other by Mr Huelin, the pitches offered two contrasting styles, one open and free flowing with cross-field kicks aplenty while the other pitch opted for a more direct ball in hand strategy. Tries were scored by the bucket on both pitches but a highlight should be a nil all draw between Oli and Flynn’s sides where despite holding the ball for all bar ten seconds of the game, Oli’s side couldn’t find a way past the exceptional defence. Quite possibly the try of the tournament was scored by Rubon Sanghera who with the effervescence of a young Jeremy Guscott marauding around the Rec, cut a beautiful arc, drifting out to in and glided past the enclosing defence. Pure elegance!

The group stages drew to a close and two teams had clearly dominated their groups, Cam’s and Charlie’s. These two had played some eye-catching rugby throughout the group stage and rightly deserved to play each other in what promised to be a breath-taking finale to the tournament that had been played in brilliant spirit throughout. However, the final was dominated by Charlie’s side winning by three tries to one and therefore earning the right to be at the front of the queue for the BBQ. The excitement continued throughout the evening as boys from all years congregated in the Sixth Form common room to watch the drama of Liverpool vs Barcelona unfold after prep.

With the talent on display, the future of The RGS rugby looks in safe hands.

Till next time…

Oli Shaw