Rugby

What a successful year!

The Year 7 Rugby team played St Johns School in the Final of the Blues Cup on the 11th June 2016.Having beaten all of the Vale sides in the League and Cup competitions, Cowbridge qualified for the Blue South Cup first.After a tough afternoon of rugby, where the team played the best of the Vale and Cardiff, Cowbridge came through triumphant. This meant that they had set up a clash of the titans match against St Johns in the final of the Blues Cup, where the best of the South and North regions meet.

Cowbridge started extremely well, but it was soon apparent that St Johns were not here to lose, sending runner after runner crashing into the defensive line.St Johns had a number of big, strong players, but Cowbridge’s resolve did not break, with Josh Hanmer, Cai Wardhaugh and Akka Guwy putting their bodies on the line.

The first try came through Ruben Davies identifying a small gap in the defence and weaving his way through.He advanced into the opposition’s territory and gave a wide pass to Will Stancombe on the wing, who rounded the fullback for an excellent try. A safe conversion was then made by Harry Treharne to secure the extras.

Cowbridge continued this pressure straight after the restart, with Rhys Pritchard providing quick ball for the backs.The second try of the match again came from Ruben Davies, who this time did not need Will, but finished the try off himself with outstanding footwork. Again, Harry Treharne made light work of the conversation. Before too long, the half-time whistle went and Cowbridge went into the break 14 - 0 up.

St Johns were producing some excellent moves and phases of play themselves, and in the second half began to make inroads into the Cowbridge defence. After a sustained period of pressure, St Johns ran in a try themselves and were back in the game. This was until Harry Treharne put a neat chip over the top of the defensive line, bouncing kindly into the hands of Ruben Davies.After a quick ruck secured by the tireless work of Robbie Brown and Will Hamlett, the ball was spread wide to Will Stancombe who saw the space on the outside and dived over to make it 21 - 7.

Surely this was the victory!

St Johns continued in their determined fashion and again closed to gap to only a try……….. 21 – 14!The next try would be crucial and Cowbridge were not going to let this one get away.Lewis Robyns, Alfie Rees and Seb Powell-Johns provided stable scrum ball from a St Johns mistake, with substitutes Aaron Holcombe and Thomas-Lyndon Evans taking advantage of this and set up a platform from which to mount an attack.Josh Hanmer, as he had be doing all day, took the ball 15m short of the line, it might as well had been 15cms.He ploughed through a number of tackles and put the ball down to put the game out of reach.

In the last ten minutes, James Murray and Finlay Brace in the back three made some phenomenal last ditch tackles and relieved pressure with a number of runs from their own half.Harry Treharne put the cherry on the top with a last minute drop goal to make the score 29 – 14 to Cowbridge, who were resultantly crown ‘CHAMPIONS OF THE BLUES REGION’!

Year 7, today and in the Blues South Cup games you were nothing short of immense!Every single one of you gave 100% and left everything on the pitch!You showed your true character, and illustrated what a great team you are.A lot trials and tests will come your way in Year 8, so we need to make sure we keep progressing and learning.But I am extremely proud of all of you this year.A record of 11 wins and 0 loses, and Vale, Blues South and Blues Champions is because of all of your hard work!!!!!