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CGS retain the U14 Bucks Rugby Championship
The Chesham Grammar School Under 14 Rugby squad claimed the Bucks County Rugby title with a professional and ruthless performance against Ousedale School, Milton Keynes.
With a winning scoreline of 29-5, Chesham managed to retain the title from the previous year which saw the year group above (current Under 15's) also win the County Cup at the same venue. Having progressed to the Final following wins vs John Hampden Grammar School, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Princes Risborough School and John Colet School, CGS were looking to make history by finishing the season unbeaten.
The game started at a fast pace with both teams looking to catch their opponents off guard, but it was Chesham who managed to establish the territorial advantage early on in the game. After a flowing move down the middle of the pitch, the ball was spun out wide into space and Yash Ruparelia dived over to score the first try of the game in the corner having been released by CGS Captain, Louis Jackson. A second try followed after a line break in midfield from Captain Louis with some precise footwork to get him through a gap in the Ousedale defensive line. Sean Patten kicked the conversion to put CGS into a 12-0 lead going into half time. A powerful run from Cieran McMenamin saw an excellent offload to Tom Taylor who was put through to extend the lead to 17-5. A further two tries from Louis Jackson and another conversion by Sean Patten saw the cup retained for a second year in a row.
Captain, Louis Jackson said, ' We have had an excellent season this year and our team is really starting to play with confidence. As we have gone through the year, more and more players have started to contribute to the team in different ways. We are extremely grateful to our coach, Mr Thomas, who has given up a lot of his time to coach us as a team. Everyone is really enjoying the training and it shows in games that everyone knows their role in the team.'
CGS Under 14 coach, Mr Thomas said, 'The boys have worked really hard this year and shown great commitment and dedication to the team and to training. I have really enjoyed working with them as they are already such a strong team, but always want to improve and challenge themselves. The boys are always keen the learn new skills that will help them work better as a team and the combination of ability and enthusiasm to train and improve, make them a great team to coach.'
Chesham Under 14's will be looking to hit the ground running for the new season starting in September, as it will see the team entering the NatWest Schools Cup and the County Cup again giving them a chance to test themselves against even tougher opposition from across the whole country.