First XV off to flyer

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Senior rugby players at Wisbech Grammar School have claimed their first scalp of the season with a south coast tournament win.

In two days of competition in Romsey the 1st XV were crowned Hampshire Collegiate School cup champions, taking the honours for the second time in a row, with newly appointed captain Patrick Webb also claiming the player of the tournament accolade.

During the first stage of a round robin contest the golden shirts of the Grammar School drew 7-7 with Cokethorpe School, with an interception try from open side flanker Freddy Foreman cancelling out the opposition’s first-minute try.

Then Wisbech dispatched hosts Hampshire Collegiate School 19-0, tries coming from Patrick Reeve, Foreman and Ryan Hutler.

There was also a 7-5 victory against Bath-based Monkton Combe School, with a try by Foreman, and Hutler crossed the line in a tight match against an impressive Richard Huish College outfit to produce a winning score of 5-0.

Now topping the group, the Grammar School went into the final facing Cokethorpe for the second time and an attritional match saw end-to-end play.

Head of rugby Alex Laybourne said: “With two minutes to go centre Ryan Hutler then ran a superb line to crash through the tired Cokethorpe defence and score under the posts.

“Strong defence in the final two minutes allowed Wisbech Grammar School to hold on.”