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School Sport: Marshalls Park hold St Edwards rivals

PUBLISHED: 17:43 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:43 20 November 2015

Marshalls Park's year seven rugby squad face the camera

Marshalls Park's year seven rugby squad face the camera

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Honours even in rugby encounter

Marshalls Park battled to a hard-fought draw in their first rugby outing at St Edwards.

The visitors began well with a strong kick-off from captain Brooker and good chase putting Saints under pressure.

But Park were then made to pay for a slight error in positioning as St Eds ran the ball back for an early try.

Marshalls quickly learnt from their mistake and showed they knew how to press as a line, with winger Cunningham putting in a series of excellent tackles.

Mennear, Brooker and Winney communicated well for Winney to score an equalising try after some hard running and Marshalls proved the stronger team at scrum time.

Fly-half Potts showed good distribution and managed to get the ball out to Boyce and Cunningham on the wings who showed a good turn of pace to gain territory.

And a second score from Winney enabled Park to go into the half-time interval with a 10-5 lead.

The second half was just as closely fought and St Eds levelled the score, as Marshalls used all of their replacements to give all boys their first run out.

Then, with just seconds to go it looked like St Eds were going to claim victory when one of their players produced a strong run to break the line and go clear.

Kuzsel chased back, but couldn’t catch the player, before Boyce set off from the opposite wing and showed exceptional speed to produce a try-saving tackle that stopped his rival just before the line.

The final whistle sounded soon after, allowing the Marshalls supporters to breathe a sigh of relief as they held on for the draw.

Coach Miss Whitley said: “I’m very proud of the team’s first performance and hope we can build on some of the errors to be ready for Redden Court on Monday.”


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