The Rugby Academy story:Posted on: 17th May 2019
Mr Challiss, our Head of PE reports: “The Rugby Academy was started 3 years ago to push all sporty boys and girls into the game of rugby as the current set up had minimal involvement and no full teams. Pupils already in school teams for other sports and those that enjoyed PE were invited to train regularly and sign a contract to commit to the Rugby Academy ethos. It was an instant success with boys having a full uniform and playing their first ever full game of rugby. During the last 2 years we have played many games with some success but the organisation was becoming more developed and more widely known .
We now have 4 full teams from yr7-10 and the boys are now part of Kent Rugby Development squad which is a first. Yearly leagues are now in place and this year was the first full run. All teams have been outstanding but the yr8 team won all their games to reach the final.
The final match took place at Aylesford Bulls rugby club. The Malling School’s team surprised everyone from the kick off with excellent pressure and organisation to keep the ball. They had learnt about our team’s strengths from the previous league game and had a plan to stop us. They maintained pressure and scored an early try. This kicked us into gear with 2 rapid tries within 5 minutes. TMS fought back and maintained possession with the game changing hands almost up to the end. We were 4 tries to 3 up but Malling refused to give up, putting in a massive effort in defence. The last push from them left Owen Gravenell sprinting off down the pitch taking the pressure off us. He led to the try line but was tackled. George Hood was in support and took the ball and finished with the last play of the game meaning a 5-3 win for St Augustine’s team.
Every boy put an amazing effort in and tries were scored by Travis Coetzer, Matthew Wenham and George Hood with 2 each.”