The Kings College School 1st XV defeated the reigning U18 Schools Cup winners Dulwich College in an epic encounter on Saturday in Wimbledon.
The home team got themselves off to a flying start with winger Charlie Williams skirting the touchline to score a great individual try, which was converted, to start proceedings.
Within minutes the score had doubled when the KCS forward pack scored a try from a catch and drive line out from 10 metres out, a try that was pleasing given Dulwich’s recent dominance in that area.Â
Two quick tries from Dulwich got them back in the game midway through the first half, but another try to Charlie Williams from the bustling work of Mark Fuller in the centres again pushed out the KCS lead.
Another driving maul try from KCS pushed the score out further, until Dulwich, running downhill and with a wind at their backs, dominated the possession and territory, until with 5 minutes to go, it was 29-26 to Kings College School.
After a tense breakdown battle in the last couple of minutes, the home team held on to record one of their best wins ever.Â
The most pleasing aspect of the game for KCS was the forward pack, dominated by Lower 6th players, in particular tight 5 players Ollie Adams, Charlie Allen and prop Will Lockhart Smith.Â
KCSâ€™ best players were Mark Fuller in the centres, Hugo Coleman at scrum half and Nick Bloom on the right wing.Â
A game played hard but fair and in excellent spirit.
Report from KCS Director of Rugby Neil Roberts
Photo is of KCS Number 8 Tom Middlehurst