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Haileybury’s inspired teamwork takes them past Oundle in the SOCS Daily Mail Trophy

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Haileybury’s inspired teamwork sees them fly past Oundle in the SOCS Daily Mail Trophy as RGS Newcastle bounce back with a second consecutive win after the opening game by leaders Sedbergh

  • Haileybury have now won three of their four matches beating Oundle 31-18
  • Ex-Wales international Michael Owen is now headmaster of Hertfordshire school
  • RGS Newcastle have won both matches since a massive loss to Sedbergh
  • Sedbergh looks unstoppable as they take their fourth win against Ipswich School

Haileybury and RGS Newcastle had victories to enjoy in the final round of the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy.

A 31-18 win over Oundle continued Haileybury’s good start, leaving former Wales international Michael Owen, now rugby director of the Hertfordshire school, delighted with two crucial attempts.

Haileybury’s inspired teamwork ended in two tries for wing Nick Davies. He completed a sweeping move before backing up Marco Filipetto’s catch and sprinting from the kick-off to race in for his second.

Haileybury defeated Oundle 31-18 to extend their fine run to three wins and a four-game loss

Earlier in the match, Haileybury, who helped set English hooker Jamie George on the road to success, had earned tries over two other front row forwards in Ikhi Osebor and William Rayfield.

The win over Oundle continues Haileybury’s good start to the Trophy after victories over Felsted and Stamford before a 23-19 defeat to Blundell’s.

RGS Newcastle also rejoiced in their attacking ways which played a big part in a 43-12 win over former Trophy champion Woodhouse Grove of Bradford.

The Hertfordshire school previously beat Felsted and Stamford before losing to Blundell's

The Hertfordshire school previously beat Felsted and Stamford before losing to Blundell’s

Head coach Andy Watt thinks vice-captain Ally Cook’s deployment in the second half is a contender for ‘try of the season’.

The center ended after RGS seized possession near their own line before going through many stages to score on the other side.

Cook was joined on the scoresheet by four other Newcastle Falcons players in Tom Cressey, Dan Stephenson, Rory Linklater and Chris Kelly.

Haileybury is responsible for the development of English international hooker Jamie George

Haileybury is responsible for the development of the English international whore Jamie George

RGS improves after encountering an in-form Sedbergh in their first game of the campaign. That ended in a 40-8 defeat before the Newcastle team beat the Grammar School of Leeds 45-14.

Sedbergh shows no sign of stopping and has already racked up four wins, the latest a 33-19 win over Ipswich School.

The Cumbrians lead the Trophy, which is decided on merit, in front of a chasing pack that includes champions Berkhamsted, three out of three, and Hampton, five out of five so far.


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