The Year 10 Boys Rugby team from Newton Abbot College is going from strength to strength this term. On Wednesday 26 November they played the Cup Semi-Final against Teign School, where the two rivals battled it out for a place in the Final. Despite having not played against each other for a year this proved to be a passionate battle with both teams having experienced players from Newton Abbot Rugby Club.
Newton Abbot College dominated the first half with possession leading to a tear away try from Aiden Coburn and a collective decision to take 3 points for a penalty in front of the posts leading the first half 8-0. After the break Teign School came back with a well worked try to trail by 5 points.
Oliver White got the pack behind him to drive over the line in the corner to make it 13-5, whilst Teign School responded well with two tries late in the second half, leading 17-13. With only 2 minutes to spare Newton Abbot College took one against the head in a scrum to pass the ball out to Tommy D’Cruz, who ran through 3 of Teign’s players, giving a final score of 18-17.
[caption id="attachment_7275" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Back row: Adam Campbell, William James, Luke Germon, Jake Doidge, Tommy D’Cruz, Aidan Coburn and Aidan King
Front row: Kaine Collier, Corey Price, Callum Thomas, Ross Embury, William Harris, Matthew Pidwell and Jack Taylor[/caption] Sam Nelson-Smith, Teacher of PE, said “This was definitely a game of two halves where both teams produced some quality Rugby. Our team’s resilience showed that that they never gave up and they deserve to be in the final against Churston Grammar School.” William James and Jake Doidge were named Players of the Match for their hard work and sheer determination.