We're delighted to announce Newcastle School for Boys 1st XV are the final winners of NRU's Team of the Month Award for the 2019/20 season. The team win 20 tickets to a Newcastle Falcons game when full spectator rugby returns to Kingston Park.
Following a magnificent unbeaten season, the team had reached the final of the National Schools Vase at Twickenham. Due to be played on Thursday, 19th March it was sadly cancelled due to coronavirus. Obviously a huge disappointment to all the players, coaches, school and supporters, the boys should all be immensely proud of their achievement to have reached the final.
Please read below the semi-final match report provided by Lee Hogarth, Director of Sport, at Newcastle School for Boys:
The 1st XV rugby team produced a titanic effort against Langley School in Norfolk this week to clinch a place in the Twickenham final which was scheduled to take place on Thursday, 19th March 2020 but was cancelled due to Covid-19.
The game proved to be as physically and mentally demanding as any game these boys have played and they managed the pressure superbly to edge a 7-0 win. In front of a crowd of around 300, both sides enjoyed periods of sustained pressure with both defences producing moments of unbelievable resilience and courage.
Langley School looked set to take the lead in the first half when their winger intercepted and raced away, only to be chased down from 50 metres by Fergus Simpson and Sam Thompson who bundled him into touch.
The NSB forwards battered away at the Langley line for a large part of the second half and, from one of these situations, the ball was moved wide for Jake Scott to provide the scoring pass for Lewis Robertsonto race over. Joshua Leslie added the conversion. NSB defended relentlessly and, following a Langley turnover on the last play,Cole Cartmell made a superb tackle which forced a knock on. The referee blew the final whistle to send the players and travelling support into raptures. A real magic NSB moment!
The boys, although unable to play for The National Vase, have this season won the Tom Burrows Cup, Hadrian Cup and County Cup.
We pass on our huge congratulations to the whole team from NRU on a remarkable season!
NRU would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has nominated teams throughout the season and also Newcastle Falcons for their continued generous support of our Team of the Month award prizes.
We hope you all stay safe and well and look forward to launching Team of the Month again when rugby is once more permitted.