Hampton’s U15A rugby team have progressed through to the final eight of the Rugby Football Union National Cup competition after an impressive win against Berkhamsted School.
Following victories against Halliford School, King’s College School Wimbledon and Dulwich College, the U15A rugby team travelled to Berkhamsted with a chance of making it through to the quarter finals of the national competition.
On an extremely cold afternoon in Hertfordshire, the team secured a hard-fought 19-7 victory. Despite trailing 7-0 in the first half, perhaps a product of early nerves at this stage in the tournament, the young players worked their way back into the match through two fantastic team tries, scored by Fourth Year Hamptonians Hayden E and Cyril B, respectively. Both were converted by captain Harry D, whose composure and precision has become crucial in these cup matches. This was followed by a lengthy period of defence, as Berkhamsted tried everything to get back into the game, but the team valiantly held on. Hours of defensive training with Mr Beattie, Mr Hall and Mr Moore paid off as Berkhamsted were kept out. Special mention must go should go to Ollie W, Sebastian H-T and Aiden H. A late-try from fly-half Stanley A sealed the win in front of an extremely loyal and supportive group of Hampton parents. The quarter final will be played in February with the draw taking place early next year.
Mr Rupert Scarratt, who oversaw the Hampton team, was delighted with the performance:
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It was a great team effort from our U15A rugby players who thoroughly deserve this success. They have worked tirelessly all season to prepare for these cup matches and put all of this into practice against a very good Berkhamsted side. Both teams contributed to a compelling fourth Round match, but our pupils’ skill in attack, and resolve in defence, proved the difference. They should be justly proud of their efforts. It is certainly an exciting time for Hampton Rugby as the team heads into the last eight of the competition.