St George's 1st XV rugby squad fight to the end in NatWest Vase Quarter Final

On Wednesday 8 February, the 1st XV hosted Perse School in a hugely exciting quarter-final of the NatWest Vase tournament. 

With scores of home fans showing their support, including the Headmistress, staff, pupils and parents of St George's College, the team started the game full of optimism.

After a cagey opening to the match, Perse School went in front with two converted tries in quick succession to lead 14-0. After half time, St George's came out with something to prove and quickly dominated territory and possession, encouraging the supporting crowd to cheer them on even louder.

St George's hard work finally paid dividends, as they fought back with two converted tries of their own to level the game at 14-14. The boys gave absolutely everything they had, throwing their bodies on the line and trying to force a mistake or find a moment of magic.

Unfortunately, St George's could not find a way through and once Perse managed to relieve some pressure, the final whistle blew with the scores remaining at 14-14, meaning Perse School went through to the semi-finals on the 'away team' rule - if the scores are tied at the end of the game, the away team automatically wins and goes through to the next round.

It was an unfortunate end to such a magnificent display in the second half by St George's and the boys were thoroughly disappointed, but they can be very proud of their achievements in this tournament and the courage and fight they showed in the second half to almost gain a place in the semi-finals. 

10 February 2017

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