School Sport: Mixed fortunes for rivals
PUBLISHED: 12:15 22 November 2012
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Campion bowed out of the Daily Mail Under-18 Cup after a 10-6 defeat at Skinners on Wednesday.
But Coopers progressed in the Vase, coming from behind to beat Robert Clack by a 24-12 margin.
Billy Mullen kicked two early penalties to put Campion on top in Kent, but Olly Lee saw a try ruled out for a double movement.
The home side hit back with a try before half-time and snatched victory with another touch down in the corner on 65 minutes.
Campion’s Mike McDarby said: “We’re gutted, but the effort was outstanding.
“Conditions were atrocious and it was always going to be a dogfight, but games are won by fine margins.
“We had chances to relieve pressure but lacked a bit of composure and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.
“It’s sickening really.”
Coopers conceded an early try at Clack and went 12-0 down midway through the first half as the home side added a second converted score.
Prop Joe Simpson touched down before the break and second-half tries from Sam Wheeler, Russell Draper and Tom Scott, plus two conversions from captain Anthony Bottone, booked a trip to Colne Community College next month.
Graeme Walters said: “How they kept going in a storm of biblical proportions, I’ve no idea!
“It was a good game, spoilt by the conditions, and everyone was pleased when the final whistle went. It was a good win.”
Coopers entertain Chislehurst & Sidcup in the Under-15 Cup on Tuesday (2pm).