Rugby contest was fun and challenging

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October was a significant month for St John’s College in terms of rugby.

Not only did we celebrate Rugby World Cup week, we played host to Hampshire Rugby Football Union’s U14Festival, and came second in the Hampshire Cup competition – as Year 9 student Oron Scott writes.

On a miserable morning in October our U14 XV played in the Hampshire Cup – a rugby ‘13s’ tournament made up of a selection of local schools, which included Romsey, Crofton and Priestlands.

The competition, which was held at our playing fields, started off at a slow pace.

Despite the rain the environment was intense as we had no idea as to what our first game would be like.

It took us time to get into the game until our winger scored our first try of the day, thankfully to be followed by many more.

Our pattern of results continued to stay positive with five wins and one draw, only to be destroyed out of the dark by Priestlands School where we were up two tries in the first segment of the 
game.

At this point the opposition cleverly changed their approach towards the try line by going for the wings.

Luckily, after they had scored one try we picked our heads up and tried to adjust to their attacking method, but then out of tiredness we unfortunately gave in to another try.

We tried coming back and hitting harder only for them to kick into our ‘22’ for a lineout, where they again shipped it out to the left wing and scored in the last seconds of the match.

The day gave impressive results as we came second in the tournament after coming up close by losing by one try on goal difference.