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Rugby FInal Reports

The year 7 rugby team arrived at Aylseford Bulls rugby club already boasting the championship winner’s status after Cornwallis could not field a team. Instead of stopping there we decided to challenge the 2 teams scheduled to play in the premiership final. The first game saw us overcome a very strong Aylesford school team 20-10, we had previously lost to Aylesford in the regular season, this was a great indicator of how much progress the team has made. Stand out performances from Joe Wigman, Andrew Brookes and Harley Stockdale really helped us over the line.

We then faced the eventual premiership winners Oakwood. The winner would unofficially be crowned the district champions. It was a fierce encounter starting with some huge tackles from George Down and Frankie Danton. The Malling School managed to gain an early lead with a well worked try. Oakwood then struck back and levelled the score. The game required some individual brilliance to break the tie, Teddy Cooney set off on a mazy run which ended with him dotting down in the corner. Shortly after, the final whistle was blown and The Malling School came away with the win (10-5).

The year 7 finals were swiftly followed by the year 8 finals with TMS being represented in the championship final. It’s fair to say the year 8’s have been our least active team but completed all their fixtures meaning that they were selected to play a part in the championship final. We were pitted against St Augustines, a team we had previously lost too in a 20-5 match. Malling came straight out of the blocks and scored an early well worked try. However, St Augustine hit back hard and swiftly went 15-5 up. By half time TMS had pulled two tries back for it to be 15-15 in an excitement packed first half! St augustines scored early in the 2nd half to go 20-15. Malling showed tremendous heart and talent and battered the St Augustines tryline but just couldn’t get the break through before St agustines scored a runaway try to end the game 25-15. The boys were rightfully proud of how much they have grown and achieved over the last few months and it was a great game to watch. Mason Pettitt picked up the MoM award for a number of try saving tackles.

The year 9 rugby team ended their season with an outstanding performance and win over St Simon Stock. The boys have been exceptional over the last two years in their commitment to improve and this was evident with a 33-21 win over a team they lost 20-5 to at the start of this season. In what was a high octane first half TMS finished the first half up 28-7 with tries from Ewan Bruce, Sonny Harding on a fantastic solo effort starting in his own half, Cameron bath, and josh Hoare finished a lovely move into the right corner which was followed by an unbelievable conversion from Rhys Putman. Respect to SSS who came out firing in the second half and swiftly brought the score to 28-21 however this stoked the TMS fire and some devilish tackling lead to a turnover and a score in the last few minutes of the game to secure the win. Nearly every player had a claim for MoM but the malling MoM was award to Harry Jarmain who was an absolute terrier in defence, fleet footed in attack and was firing on 50% as he was clearly suffering from some hayfever.

Mr Jack Leech

Teacher of Physical Education & BTEC Coordinator