School team takes rugby title

Newport Grammar School Under 12s have been crowned the Bishop s Stortford and District rugby champions. The weather was quite horrendous for the teams so Newport opted to play a close forward game of picking and driving from the start due to the tricky c

Newport Grammar School Under 12s have been crowned the Bishop's Stortford and District rugby champions.

The weather was quite horrendous for the teams so Newport opted to play a close forward game of picking and driving from the start due to the tricky conditions.

The support play of Newport was quite fantastic as they beat all three teams in their league. George James once again ferreted down the blind and his offload to Peter Hitchcock caused the try of the match against Hockerill.

Newport were able to beat the three teams in their league and progressed into a semi-final against Saffron Walden County High School. On a smaller pitch the forwards drove on in the worsening conditions and a final push allowed scrum-half James to slide over for the winning try.


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In the final the Newport boys came up against a strong Helena Romanes side from Dunmow. Man of the tournament Charlie Westphal battered through the Dunmow defence to score the only try of the final in extra time.

Coach Sean Murphy said:

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"I am really pleased for the boys. We started all the hard work way back in August when we did some pre-season training before they came to

the school.

"They have trained every Thursday since then and have only been beaten once this season. They have a great deal of potential and I am pleased many have joined local rugby clubs such as Saffron Walden.

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