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Trent rugby hit the ground running this term with the success of the 1st XV rubbing off on many of the teams lower down throughout the school. At 1st XV level, four confidence boosting victories laid the platform for what turned out to be the 1st XV’s finest performance of the season to date against a well-respected Uppingham team in the Daily Mail Cup. The fixture showcased the very best talent; school boy rugby has to offer with notable performances coming from forwards Nick Gray (Scotland U17), James Fish (England U16) and Will Allman (Leicester Tigers EPDG). In the backs, Max Johnson (Northampton Saints) controlled the game perfectly at scrum half with Joe Livesey and Jacob Heath adding the cutting edge to a fine team performance, the scoreboard 34-03 in Trent College’s favour as the final whistle blew.
The prize for this victory was an away trip to Nottingham High School on a cold and wet Tuesday afternoon. With the game on a knife edge, Trent College managed to hold on to a narrow lead to win 15-11. Man of the Match Ryan Tomlin produced his finest game of the season and looked a constant threat in attack as did William Johnson who beat off a number of defenders to score a superb individual try.
Lower down the school, the U15A/B/C teams are also enjoying a fine season of rugby with one of the high points being the half term tour to Cardiff alongside the U13’s. Touring offers a great opportunity to visit new places, play against new teams and form new friendships. Adding to this, both teams did themselves proud with victories on a muddy Welsh rugby field and not too many Englishmen can lay claim to this accolade!
Wednesday afternoon Sport for Years 7 and 8 have remained a hive of activity with a host of fixtures and inter team competitions to suit all levels and abilities. Notable performances coming from the U12C team against St Anslems in their first ever game for Trent College and also from the U12A and U12B squads who triumphed over Oakham in two evenly contested fixtures.
As the season draws closer to the Christmas break the pace of rugby at Trent College continues relentlessly with up to sixteen teams being fielded throughout the week that incorporate players of all different ages and ability.
Rugby at Trent College remains the place for the 1st XV school boy international right through to the Year 7 boy in the C team experiencing the thrill of his first ever competitive game of rugby and long may it continue.