Priory retain their title

PRIORY Community School Year 9 rugby team have won the West if England rugby competition for the second year in a row.

PRIORY Community School Year 9 rugby team have won the West of England rugby competition for the second year in a row.

The boys’ have had another fantastic season winning the North Somerset tournament and retaining the West of England Schools Rugby cup.

The side has scored an impressive 324 points in the cup run and friendlies and only conceded 33. Due to poor weather recently, the cup games have come thick and fast, in the quarter-finals Priory beat Marlwood School 39-7 with Thomas Davidson, Josh Caulfield, Matthew Cates and Curtis Langdon all getting on the scoresheet.

The semi-final saw a repeat of last year’s final with the visit of Chew Valley School. Priory opened the scoring when Tom Davidson crashed over, but Chew Valley replied with two quick tries.

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With the wind behind them in the second half, Priory managed to cross the line with a try from Josh Caulfield after a quick tap penalty by Matthew Cates. Priory had to wait until two minutes before the end to clinch the game when Caulfield scored again.

The final saw Priory come up against one of the top rugby schools in the region Beechen Cliff School, Bath. Beechen took the lead early in the first half, but Priory re-grouped and were led by an inspirational performance by captain Curtis Langdon.

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Priory hit back with a try from Josh Caulfield. From the restart, a powerful run by Nathan Scott gave the Priory’s impressive backs space to work and Jamie Hoare crossed the line for the second try of the game. Soon after Kieran Manning’s kick saw Thomas Davidson chase through to score the third and final try of the game.

Man of the match in the final was Jacob Swain with an impressive all round performance. Thanks go to teachers Mr Biddle and Mr Rowlands for their hard work and commitment.

The squad consisted of: Curtis Langdon, Josh Caulfield, James Locker, Nathan Scott, Harry Rowlands, Mark Perry, Jospin Buxton, Marshall Hannay, Matthew Cates, Kieran Manning, Thomas Davison, Chris Sage, Byron Marriott, Alex Parslow, Jamie Huggins, Sam Merryweather, Will Coombes, Ethan Van Harran, Jordan Kingscott, Jamie Hoare, Cameron Lee, Ben Abraham, Jacob Swain, and Aaron Fry (Year 8).

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