QEGS faced local rivals St Peter’s York in the Last 16 of the U15 National Schools Cup, a hotly anticipated clash, which both teams were well prepared for.
The opening half was nervy as both sides tried to gain early control. St Peter’s were looking to play around the edge whilst QEGS’ early success came from keeping the ball and dictating the play. The appetite and endeavour from both sides was there for all to see and the ‘arm wrestle-type’ competition continued throughout the game.
The battle-hardened QEGS team began to get a foothold in the game, especially in the second half with their usual gritty defense keeping St. Peters pinned back and negating their threats. QEGS were able to keep the ball for long periods of time, going forwards and being patient in their attack. It was a very mature performance from the team as they successfully applied the game plan to great effect.
With all of the conversions missed in the game, the match finished 10-10 with QEGS progressing to the Quarter-Finals on the away team rule. St. Peter’s deserve credit for always being a threat and being clinical in taking their opportunistic tries that came their way. The QEGS players ensured they edged the contest with their professional and direct game plan, keeping the pressure on throughout.
On behalf of the U15 squad, we would like to thank the whole QEGS community for their ongoing support and effort. It does not go unnoticed and we are looking forward to continuing the hard work as we prepare for our next opponent which will be drawn in due course.