We won all of our group matches, defeating Downside, Rydall Penrhos, Lycée de Barda and Sherborne in the pool stages of the competition, setting up a semi-final with Fettes College. We scored five tries to one, booking our place in the final against Eton. Our aggressive defensive press and ability to offload in the tackle set the team apart.
The final was a scintillating encounter, where the lead changed hands three times. St Paul’s, having been down 19-10 and then 24-17, scored with only a minute left. George Williams converted his own try from a difficult angle, bringing the score back to 24-24. We pressed for the winner, but Eton broke out from their own 22 and, despite a huge, scrambling, defensive effort from our side, made it over the line. Final score: 31-24 to Eton.
Jonny Walker was awarded Player of the Tournament by the organisers, scoring 11 tries over the course of the competition.
Rugby honours also go to Archie Faulks who represented England at Under-16 level in the recent international tournament hosted at Wellington College. Archie played in two matches at hooker, against Scotland Under-17s and then against the North.Read more about rugby at St Paul’s.