Kent Cup RugbyPosted on: 13/11/2019
Both the under 15 and under 14 rugby teams had a good run in the Kent Cup, with unfortunately both teams being knocked out in the quarter final. This was an excellent achievement for the School in what is only our third year of competing at County level for rugby, and the first year teams have been entered into all county tournaments.
The under 14 team began their tournament against a very strong and physical Marsh Academy side. Barton Court took the lead, before trailing 14-12 at half time. However, a resurgent second half performance with three tries, including an excellent last minute try from Roman, saw Barton Court go on to win the game 29-14.
Barton Court then hosted Kings’ School Rochester in what was a very tight encounter. Barton Court again took the lead before Kings’ struck back. Barton Court went in at the break 7-5 up, and the game remained this way until Tye scored an intercept to take Barton Court to a 14-5 lead. Despite a last minute try for Kings’, Barton Court turned out eventual winners, 14-10.
In the quarter final Barton Court travelled to St Dunstan’s College and came out on the wrong side of a physical encounter. Barton Court started poorly and conceded 4 early tries. Despite a much better second half, Barton Court couldn’t turn things around. The boys definitely left a few tries out on the pitch and, on another day with a stronger start (and less players away on the French Exchange), the result may have been different.
The under 15s had an easier ride to the quarter finals, firstly beating Harvey Grammar School 47-0 and then having a walk over win against Charles Dicken School. It may have been their lack of game time which ended up being their downfall, or the long list of injuries which included Stanley the Captain, as the quarter finals proved to be a step too far with a loss against Norton Knatchbull. Barton Court played the majority of this game with 14 players following early injuries to Jamie and Felix and all of the students should be pleased with their efforts and commitment.
Rugby will continue after Christmas with the district leagues and tournaments, as well as fixtures in the Kent Grammar School League and the yearly Sevens tournaments for Years 8, 9 and 10.