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Anticipation reaches fever pitch ahead of Modus Cup clash

As rivalries go, King’s School Worcester and RGS Worcester’s is among the biggest around, so when they take the to the field for the Modus Cup tomorrow night you know it will be a titanic tussle.

Since 2006 a local creative company, Modus, has sponsored the annual fixture between the two sides and the match has been played at the Worcester Warriors’ Sixways stadium.

This year the game is at Sixways once again, with kick off under floodlights at 7pm. It promises to be a monumental battle, with both sides already engaging in a continual tussle on social media today as the tension really begins to crank up ahead of the game.

Thousands of pupils, parents, and past pupils of both schools are expected to be in the ground, where the atmosphere for this fixture is quite simply brilliant.

Since Modus began sponsoring the fixture RGS have won it twice, in 2007 and 2009 with King’s taking the victory in ’08.

2010 saw the fixture called off due to bad weather but since then King’s have won it back to back, leaving RGS desperately craving an end to that run, whilst King’s are eager to further compound the RGS misery.

King’s had one of their best sides since the days of Luke Narraway last year, with the likes of Andrew Boyce and George De Cothi progressing into the Warriors set up, however they have struggled to cope with the loss of those superstars this year, losing four and winning just three of their seven games so far.

RGS have a more positive record this season, they have played six and won four of those, though to have come against admittedly inferior opposition in the early rounds of the NatWest Cup.

Looking a little deeper into the results you get a sense of just how evenly matched these two sides are. There are two schools that these two sides have both faced, KES Birmingham and Solihull and they have exactly the same record – both beat KES and lost to Solihull.

Indeed they both recorded almost exactly the same score against KES, King’s winning 38-7 and RGS winning 36-7. The difference between these two really does appear to be minimal, making tomorrow night’s encounter all the more eagerly anticipated.

The fixture is one that resonates with everyone that has passed through the school, one former King’s pupil now plying his trade in the London leagues made a point of cornering our editor to explain that if there was one game on the school calendar to take note of, it was the Modus Cup.

Perhaps the anticipation for game is best summarised by this simple tweet from last year’s start King’s scrum half, George De Cothi:

“I’m very very excited about the Modus cup on Wednesday”

A sentiment shared by everyone involved with either side.

*Tickets are available at £5 per person and can be purchased by called King’s School Worcester on 01905721700 or RGS Worcester on 01905613391.

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