Despite driving rain, Hampton and Campion battled on to produce an exciting Round 7 tie in the U18 NatWest Schools Cup, on Hampton’s pristine 3G pitch.
Campion came into the game fresh from a Schools Cup victory over St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, a team that boasts a number of English schoolboy internationals, Â and with a win under their belt after their last Hampton encounter.Â
However, it was Hampton who chalked up the first points of the match with a penalty from Rory Chatterton. Campion stepped up the pressure but Hampton defended well and were rewarded with a Jacob Goss try, which led them into half time 8-0 up.
In the second half, Campion came back on determined to redress the balance but despite a sustained period ofÂ attacking play, Hampton soaked up the pressure.
With both teams dripping wet and struggling to play at their best in these conditions, Hampton held on to accrue another Rory Chatterton penalty, taking the final score line to 11-0 which was met with roars of approval by a healthy crowd of Hampton supporters, who had braved the weather to see the team progress to the last 8 in this prestigious schoolboy rugby competition,
Director of Rugby at Hampton, Mr Zoran Higgins, applauded both teams, saying:
Â â€œThe game was not one that the purists would have enjoyed, but considering the terrible rain and freezing cold, both teams demonstrated a high level of commitment and skill. Â
Campion were extremely spirited and, at times, really put us under pressure â€“ their boys were a real credit to the school and they should be proud of their performance.
The Hampton players were equally outstanding in extremely difficult conditions and I have to applaud their intelligence in the way they solved the problems the game and weather threw at them, as well as the physicality they showed throughout.Â I am very proud of them in what has been an outstanding season regardless of what happens in the quarter finals.
We now travel to RGS High Wycombe who are a fantastic rugby team, so we will really need to perform in order to compete with a side that won an U15 Daily Mail Cup in 2011.Â We are excited to have the opportunity to test ourselves against the very best!â€
Final Score: Hampton 11-0 Campion
Image from Hampton School
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