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RGS 1st XV Reach NatWest Plate Cup Final

For the first time in its history RGS reached the semi-final of a national 15-a-side rugby competition and faced Crossley Heath Grammar School in what was to be an incredibly physical encounter and a superb display of schoolboy rugby. It was a day for records to be set, with Lucas O once again leading out the side, winning his 50th cap for RGS – an amazing achievement.

Reigate started strongly with several strong carries and tactical kicking leading to a lineout on the Crossley Heath 10m line. In a cleverly worked line out move, Billy E ended up charging over the try line on the short side and put RGS up 5-0. The Reigate pack began to gain dominance and severe pressure exerted on Crossley Heath led to a charge down, collection and try for Marcus S. The try was converted by Lucas and the next 10 minutes belonged to Reigate with excellent, powerful work from the forwards combining with clinical and skilful strikes from the backline. Joe W was to benefit from this dominance, going over in the corner and extending the lead to 19-0.

However, Crossley Heath showed real character and fought back hard exerting significant pressure on the RGS defensive line. Following a sin-bin offence, Crossley Heath not only scored once but twice in quick succession and suddenly the game became a contest again. The whistle for half time blew with scores at 19-14. Not to be intimidated by this swing of momentum, Reigate wasted no time in getting on top once again. Strong work once again from the forwards in and around the ruck led to Alex S, snipering over from close range and then a few minutes later, Oliver B also barrelled his way over.

The scores were now at 31-14 and RGS would really began to turn the screw. Man of the match, Jo G was at the centre of this action, dominating the lineout, carrying hard and making some huge tackles. Another period of Reigate possession led to Tom A forcing his way over from 15m and putting the game out of sight for Crossley Heath at 38-14. It was a fantastic day for the entire squad who have worked so incredibly hard this season despite huge disruption in the early months. Each and every player has contributed fully to the cause and the final at Worcester Warriors is a justified reward to the superb commitment they have shown.

The NatWest Schools Plate Final will be played at Worcester Warriors on Tuesday 28 March against Solihull School – 4.00pm kick off. If you would like to learn more information about coming to cheer on the team then please contact: foundation@reigategrammar.org

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