St Columbas U10s take national title

ST COLUMBA S Prep School had reason to celebrate this week as their U10 team won the national title at the National Prep Schools Rugby Tournament held at Epsom College. After cruising through the qualifying stages, a 10-5 loss to Shrewsbury House kicked t

ST COLUMBA'S Prep School had reason to celebrate this week as their U10 team won the national title at the National Prep Schools Rugby Tournament held at Epsom College.

After cruising through the qualifying stages, a 10-5 loss to Shrewsbury House kicked the team into life and their recorded win over Dumpton (25-0) and The Croft (20-0). Victories over Cumnor House (5-0) and Yardley Court (15-5) in the quarter and semi-finals set up a clash with Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield.

After a try-less first half where the Columba's defence was tested by the strong runners from QEGS, a Columba's try mid-way through the second half ignited a thrilling ending as the opposition attacked with their entire might.

The team held on and in fact finished the stronger to record a well-deserved 5-0 win and with it the national title.


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The U8s tag team have only lost once this season and they used their strong direct running with great effect to reach the National semi-final but lost out by one try to the eventual winners.

Similarly the U11s pushed the eventual champions in a highly competitive game in the quarter finals but lost out by a single try. They can be proud of their achievements at the tournament as well as the regular season which has also seen them beat only once as well.

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