School Sport: Coopers edge past Campion in Essex Cup
PUBLISHED: 08:35 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:35 06 March 2017
Coopers Coborn 18 Campion 16
Coopers Coborn’s senior squad earned the bragging rights over fierce rivals Campion after winning their Essex Cup semi-final contest.
The two sides produced some great attacking rugby in a high-tempo opening, as well as stern defence, and Coopers opened the scoring when Zac Levin intercepted a pass and ran 50 metres to go under the posts, for Tom Tevenan to add the conversion.
Campion hit back with a penalty after Coopers were caught offside at a ruck, but good defensive pressure paid off as Levin intercepted another pass and ran in an unconverted try to make it 12-3.
A second Campion penalty was followed by an unconverted try following a move from a midfield scrum with the last play of the half to cut the gap to a single point.
Tevenan slotted a penalty after the restart, with the wind behind Coopers, and they produced some excellent cover defence to keep Campion at bay as they pressured the line.
Campion moved downfield after a series of penalties against Coopers, though, and forced their way over for a try from a lineout catch and drove move to go 16-15 up with just two minutes remaining.
After the restart went long, Campion tried to run the clock down playing their out, as Coopers made tackle after tackle and eventually forced a penalty for holding on.
And Tevenan kept his composure to slot his kick from the Campion 10-metre line just inside the posts to snatch a dramatic victory to the delight of coach Sid Hoult.
He said: “It is no more than this group deserves. You could see how much it meant to the boys by the reaction of not only the subs but those boys who wre on the sideline who have played a part in nthe journey this year that were not involved in the matchday 22.
“I could not have been prouder. We know we’ve still got some work to do for the final but for now the boys will enjoy the moment and having the local bragging rights until we next meet.
“I would like to thank Paul Daly for all his hard work with the group this year and all those friends and family who came to support.”