10:04 am March 9, 2022
If Hitchin Boys’ School thought playing on a Premiership rugby ground was anything, just wait until you see their venue for the RFU Schools Cup final.
A 26-17 success against Sandbach of Cheshire at Sixways, home of the Worcester Warriors, means they will play the U15 Schools Vase final at England rugby HQ – Twickenham.
The school’s head of rugby, Chris Bajak, said: “We are very proud of these fine young men who have brought honor to their families, the school and the community.
“Their resilient, resourceful and tenacious attitude enabled this unique opportunity to play in the birthplace of English rugby and create memories that will last a lifetime.
“Everyone who has ever played rugby dreams of playing at Twickenham and we as a school are delighted to share this opportunity with them and their families.
“We must also share the credit and fully acknowledge and appreciate the role Hitchin Rugby Club has played in nurturing many of these players from the age of six.”
Victory at Sixways saw Hitchin deliver in all aspects of the game.
After conceding a converted first try, Hitchin regrouped and thanks to effective kicking from fly-half Elliot Oughton the boys were soon level with Elijah Ray French finishing in the corner after an excellent team try and Ooughton adding the extras.
A lineout straight from the training ground brought in the number two try, hooker Zach Scott coming in for the ball and scoring, and Hitchin’s defense had to survive wave after wave of attacks in stride, with some key tackles and Connor Hamilton turnovers. , Leo Rainbow and Captain Reece Cairns.
And Hitchin ensured they went into the break with a healthy 19-7 lead as Jack Steddy cut through the defense to beat five defenders and land under the posts.
The second half saw Hitchin go back on the defensive, conceding a try, but that spell ended after a huge hit from Youssef Sabri in midfield.
This led to scrum-half Harry Visick breaking through the middle and eventually moving on to man of the match Cutis Howman to secure a historic win.
The final against Torquay School for Boys takes place on Wednesday with kick off at 11am.