NatWest Cup: Bloxham victory over KES sets up a clash with the champions

Bloxham School opened their NatWest cup campaign at the weekend with a good 35-7 win against KES Birmingham.


The home side started slowly and took time to realise that a more forward orientated assault would be the most effective way past a hard working but smaller King Edward’s side.


Once this happened the tries started to flow and it soon became the Alfie Barbeary show as the hooker collected a hat trick of tries in a 20 minute period either side of half time.


A little complacency then set in and King Edward’s took advantage of a mix up from a defensive scrum to score and make it 21-7. Bloxham reacted immediately and a break from the forwards led to George Morley sprinting through to score from a pass from captain Ollie Kilgallon.


The final try was created by a barnstorming run from Fraser Smith who was tackled 5m short, before quick ruck led to Percy Hunt going over for a try on his debut.


Excellent work from the pack set the platform for this win with Fraser Smith and man of the match Alfie Barbeary outstanding.


The win takes Bloxham into the next round for a daunting trip to holders Bromsgrove, while for KES Birmingham it means a trip to the inaugural NatWest Plate, they will find out their opponents when the draw takes place.


Full Time: Bloxham 35-7 KES Birmingham


By Simon Batten


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