Autumn Rugby Update

On the back of statistically the greatest sporting academic year (2014-15), the current year has brought about more success on the rugby field. It has predominantly been the Senior squad and the Under 15A team that have stolen the limelight, but potential is present across the board, with the Under 13 squad being highlighted as one rich in talent.

After a promising tour to Italy, the senior rugby team began the season with six successive wins, including a 50 point thrashing of Oakwood Park in round one of the NatWest Cup. A blip occurred throughout the senior teams against Campion, and though the 1st XV won in their second round tie of the national cup, they were narrowly beaten by Judd 9-8, and the weekend’s fixture with Whitgift resulted in the 1st XV’s first back to back defeats since November 2013. However, captain Will Luxford’s team bounced back admirably in three consecutive wins including a 27-0 win against local rivals Ravens Wood and a 29-10 win against the notoriously strong Skinners.

After a promising and successful tour to Italy, the senior rugby team began the season with six successive wins when back on home soil. A dominant start to the 1st XV’s NatWest Cup campaign saw a 50 point thrashing of Oakwood Park. Their run continued as they bounced back from a narrow two point defeat to Campion with a 24-10 win over Tunbridge Wells Grammar School to advance in the cup. However the 1st XV’s unbeaten home record – having stood since November 2013 – ended with a 46-17 defeat to the notoriously strong Whitgift. Nor was this the end of the dip in form as the following weekend saw a 9-8 defeat to Judd as they crashed out of the NatWest Cup in round three. Captain Will Luxford rallied his troops and responded to the tough time outstandingly. Wins against City of London Freemen’s and Ravens Wood followed and got the team back to winning ways. Much of the success can be put down to two excellent defensive performances as they only conceded 5 points against both oppositions combined.

Meanwhile, the 2nd XV suffered only two defeats prior to the Christmas break, including five back-to-back wins to start the season. A team lacking in physical size it could be said, have done well in displaying a good level of skill to show the potential of the current year 11 and 12 students. The 3rd XV struggled to get a strong team together on a regular basis, though their 20-0 domination of Whitgift was a notable performance in amongst a tough week for many of the other year groups.

The Under 15 squad bounced back from a disappointing NatWest Cup campaign to have an excellent run in the Vase competition. They head into the Christmas break having beaten Colfe’s to progress to the 6th round of the competition, where they will face Enfield Grammar School. A further four wins in the NatWest Vase will see them into the final at Twickenham. Their cup run is made all the more impressive by their indifferent Saturday results against Skinners, Campion, Whitgift and Langley Park. Perhaps this is surprising as there is certainly no shortage of speed on the wings.

Our year 7s have begun their school rugby careers under the watchful eyes of Mr Pyne and his accomplices from Sidcup RFC. Despite a tough start to the season a 54-5 win against Coopers’ Coburn brought their first win in a Chis and Sid purple shirt. In the lower school, many teachers from other departments have taken on a team, and to whom the players are very grateful as this allows for the school to run more teams per year group. Throughout the lower school there were wins across the board against Cooper’s Coburn, which hopefully will give the Under 12,13 and 14 teams confidence going into a tough post-Christmas encounter with John Fisher.

The end of the term brings some sombre news as the departure of Mr Kyle will leave a big hole in the heart of the PE department at Chis and Sid. He has coached the 2nd XV this year and recently transformed an underperforming Under 15 team into a team that beat the then Under 16s. Mr Janks also leaves us at Christmas and we extend our thanks to him also. This year he coached the 3rd XV and the team’s pre-match team talks will lack the inspiration and determination that he brought every week. The school, and in particular students of PE, thank you both for your time, effort and commitment to our sport.